How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist
Cosmetic dentistry is a complex area of medicine – so nuanced, in fact, that many compare cosmetic dentists to artists. A cosmetic dentistry procedure should only be performed by a dentist who takes great care in every aspect of treatment, much like a painter on canvas. After all, a successful cosmetic dental treatment can not only significantly improve the aesthetic appearance of the mouth, but also its overall function. Therefore, we feel it is best to only put your care into the hands of a dental “artist”.
That being said, you do not become a qualified cosmetic dentist overnight. Our own seasoned cosmetic dentist, Wayde Fawcett, DDS, recommends you prioritize these factors in your search for a professional to perform your treatment.
- 1. Educational Background and Affiliations
Firstly, comb your prospective dentist’s website to evaluate their educational history, licenses, and affiliation with prestigious organizations. In order to be a cosmetic dentist, one must have earned the title of DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM), and additional dental education beyond the general requirements to practice is also important. Affiliation with organizations such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists is a good sign of high qualifications for aesthetic dental care. Your prospective cosmetic dentist should have a demonstrated commitment to continuing dental education and a dedication to embrace new developments in the field.
- 2. Experience
Generally, a cosmetic dentist who has been in practice for several years will have sufficient experience in various procedures. While this does not necessarily mean you should always choose a dentist who has been in practice longer, dentists with such an extensive professional background may increase the likelihood of producing the best possible results (provided they regularly practice continuing education to stay up to date on the latest information and technology).
Professionals with the qualifications explained above typically have experience in many types of procedures; however, it is wise to make sure your dentist is well-versed in the procedure you are interested in. We encourage you to explore galleries and before-and-after photos for this purpose.
- 3. Education
The ideal dentist will have completed several years of education, including post-graduate work and fellowships. Check that the institutions listed on their website are legitimate. Multiple exclusive programs for budding cosmetic dentists exist throughout the world (in fact, some of them are right here in Houston!), and your dentist should be an alum of one of them.
- 4. Reviews and Testimonials
Patient reviews of a dentist can be a very helpful tool when making your selection. Testimonials should give you honest insight into the dentist’s professionalism, including their style, the success of their results, and even their personality.
- 5. Chairside Manner and Communication Skills
Finally, there is no better indicator in choosing a dentist than actually meeting the dentist in question. The most competent dentists know that patient communication is just as important as skill, and that a sturdy patient-doctor relationship is the key to an effective procedure. Your dentist should always make sure you are as comfortable and as informed as possible throughout your treatment.
Dr. Fawcett has a stellar reputation as a top cosmetic dentist, as evidenced by his numerous awards and glowing testimonials. Throughout his four-decade-long career, he has aimed to provide his patients with the excellent care they deserve, along with a strong dedication to their safety, comfort, and satisfaction. We welcome you to contact us to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Fawcett.