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How to Find the Best Cosmetic Dentist

Anyone who is unhappy with their smile should thank their luckystars that they weren't born a hundred years ago, because these days any dentaldilemma can be fixed thanks to cosmetic dentistry. Whether your teeth aren'twhite enough, your medication has caused staining, you got a tooth knocked outduring a sporting event, you want to get rid of a gap, your gum line isreceding, or you've long suffered with an unsightly snaggletooth, a cosmeticdentist has the cure. With options to brighten, whiten, and straighten yoursmile, as well as cover it with veneers or replace a tooth (or all of them),anybody willing to spend the money can have the perfect teeth they see onmodels and celebrities. But first you have to find the right dentist, and thereare a few things you'll want to consider.

1.       Referrals.The best place to start when it comes to finding any type of healthcareprofessional is asking trusted sources for referrals. And while you cancertainly go to your mom, your brother, or your best friend (and everyone willlikely give glowing reviews), you may also want to ask your primary dental careprovider. In many cases, your dentist will be familiar with several practicesin the area and make a good recommendation based on your wants and needs. Thisis especially important if you suffer from common issues such as anxiety, toothsensitivity, or a strong gag reflex, since you will need a cosmetic dentistthat is understanding and has a gentle touch.
2.       Experience.While most dental offices prominently display diplomas as proof that they arequalified to care for your teeth, you may be more interested to know just howlong a cosmetic dentist has been practicing his art. So you should inquire asto how long the office has been open, how long the dentist you're seeing hasbeen working, and even how many patients have undergone the same procedureyou're seeking with your dentist.
3.       Options. Ifyour cosmetic dentist is only willing to offer you one option to treat whateverissue brought you into his office, you may want to seek a second opinion. Atthe very least, he should be able to explain to you why one option is the best,but he should also offer you alternatives (along with an explanation of thevarying levels of risk and reward associated with each). He should also havethe latest equipment on hand and provide you with plenty of samples of previouswork to give you an idea of how your procedure might turn out.
4.       Cost. Thisis a biggie for most people since many cosmetic procedures are not covered byinsurance (unless you have a valid medical reason for undergoing them). Butconsidering that a large number of people simply want a nicer smile, this couldmean a major out-of-pocket expense. So at the very least you should go forseveral consultations to compare services and pricing options.
5.       Photo book.Any medical professional offering cosmetic procedures (from brow, lip, and nose surgery totummy tucks and implants) should provide a photo book of before-and-aftersamples from his own patients so that you can get a feel for his work. Cosmeticdentists are no different. If the dentist you consult with doesn't have such abook, or it only features professional models (rather than his own patients)you may want to seek other options.

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