It may surprise you to hear that cosmetic dentistry is not a specialised field in the UK. This means that any dentist is able to call themselves a cosmetic dentist, no matter how much experience they have in this line of dentistry. If you want to make sure that you find a very good cosmetic dentist, there are a few signs to look out for which will make one stand above the other.
Any cosmetic dentist who has been practising cosmetic dentistry for a long time will have a huge portfolio of before and after treatment photographs of cosmetic dentistry cases that they have carried out. Be wary of stock photos that are not linked to the particular dentist that is carrying out your work…
You will find there are many reviews that have been written online, that will give you the confidence that you have got the right cosmetic dentist for you. It is worth googling the name of the cosmetic dentist that you are seeing so that you can find lots of glowing reviews.
It is also worth finding out whether the cosmetic dentist concentrates solely on cosmetic dentistry, or whether they generally would see patients for general dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry carried out by a general practitioner may not be as good as it could be if you saw a specialist. For example, how
long have you had to spend in the dental chair? With a highly skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist, an average treatment time to place eight upper veneers would be in the region of 2 to 3 hours. Any longer than that and it is not going to be the most comfortable experience. With experience comes skill and we like to minimise the amount of time that a patient is in the chair.
When you visit a cosmetic dentist for a consultation, with regard to having some porcelain veneers placed on your teeth, there are a few ways in which you can feel confident you have chosen the right person. Has the cosmetic dentist provided you with a simulation of how you could expect results to look? Have you seen examples of cases they have carried out? Are you able to have a trial smile prior to the treatment? Are you able to discuss the shapes of the teeth that you would like? If you have not been provided with the above, you need to make sure that you feel comfortable with the dentist in question. It is a big step to have anything done to your teeth, so it is up to you to choose the right person for you. You want to feel relaxed and so picking the right cosmetic dentist is paramount.