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4 Tips on How-To Choose A Cosmetic Dentist

Are you interested in professionally enhancing your smile? Then you’ll need a cosmetic dentist. But, searching for a great cosmetic dentist can be difficult! Cosmetic dentistry is not one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. There isn’t a specific degree to become a cosmetic dentist like there is for orthodontists, for example. There is no insurance involvement or referral system, unlike finding a dentist for necessary procedures. As the patient demand for cosmetic dentistry increases, many dentists have claimed the title of cosmetic dentist. “Cosmetic dentistry” is one of the most searched terms on Google in the dental industry.Dentists are competing for cosmetic dentistry procedures, many of who might not be qualified. So how do you differentiate between a good and bad cosmetic dentist? In this article Dr. Roberto Monteagudo of Monteagudo Center for Smile Design in Milwaukee WI provides 4 tips for choosing a cosmetic dentist.

What makes a great cosmetic dentist is a combination of characteristics including: education, experience, advanced training, and attention-to-detail. Patients whom have found a great cosmetic dentist have been known to fly cross-country to put their smile in the hands of a true professional. A beautiful smile isn’t just about appearances, but your oral health as well. Remember dentistry in not a commodity. The doctor you choose will determine your final results.

Cosmetic Dentistry Tip #1 – Research training & experience.

As with any healthcare provider, when choosing a cosmetic dentist take into consideration their education and training. Education and training are two of the most important criteria when determining the right cosmetic dentist for you. Look at their undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and continuing education. To find this information every dentist will have their biography listed on their website with a list of their degrees and accomplishments. For a cosmetic dentist advanced training and continuing education are a must. There are many organizations that offer such training, but the most well respected in the industry are the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). There are only 331 dental professionals worldwide who have achieved the AACD’s prestigious honor of Accredited member status. Compare doctors side by side and do your research. In addition to biographies on practice websites you can search third party sites for more information about the dentist. A simple Google search for the doctor by name can reveal a lot. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask the doctor questions; such as how many years have they been practicing? Where did they get their training? What organizations do they belong to? A qualified dentist will appreciate you asking these questions, it lets them know you’re an educated patient and not basing your decision solely on cost or convenience.

Dr. Roberto Monteagudo is a world-class advanced aesthetic dentist and one of the best cosmetic dentists in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Monteagudo has been featured in the media for his experience. Dr. Monteagudo graduated Marquette University School of Dentistry one of the top dental programs in the country. Afterwards he continued his education at the Internationally Renowned Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies; where he graduated and attained academic excellence and clinical expertise in the fields of advanced dentistry, advanced aesthetics, full mouth reconstruction, neuromuscular (TMJ), and sedation dentistry. His Extreme Smile Makeovers have been featured on television and print magazines. These are the type of credentials you want to look for in a cosmetic dentist.

Cosmetic Dentistry Tip #2 – Know the cosmetic procedures.

What procedure(s) do you need? Cosmetic dentistry is not only about improving the aesthetics of your smile but your oral health as well. For example, if you have a cavity you can have it filled with traditional fillings or a cosmetic dentist can provide tooth-colored fillings that match your teeth perfectly. Here is a list of some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Teeth Whitening – Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry procedures. Professional teeth whitening is a combination of whitening and bleaching. Whitening is the process of cleaning and removing plaque and stains from the teeth, whereas bleaching is dyeing or staining the teeth white. Laser teeth whitening is the most recent advance in technology that can bleach your teeth perfectly white in less than an hour.

Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain veneers are bonded to the surface of a tooth to repair chips, cracks, a worn appearance or tooth discoloration. Porcelain veneers are custom shaped and fitted to each patient. In as few as two short visits you can drastically improve your smile with porcelain veneers.

Dental Implants – Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Missing teeth clearly affects your smiles appearance and has serious health risk implications. Dental implants are permanent solutions to missing teeth. They look and function just like your natural teeth.

Dental Bonding – Dental bonding uses a composite resin that matches the appearance of our teeth perfectly. Dental bonding is used to fix cracks, chipped, stained or broken teeth.

Dental Bridges – Bridges replace missing teeth. Learn about the procedures involved, costs and when dental bridges will give you a perfect smile.

Dentures – Dentures are the ultimate cosmetic procedure. Well-designed dentures can provide patients with a smile that have lost many teeth. Dentures also improve speech and ability to consume food.

Smile makeover – Just as it sounds, a smile makeover typically involves more than one cosmetic dentistry procedure, such as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and laser gum contouring to achieve the look you want. A smile makeover is an all-encompassing redesign of someone’s smile.

There are many procedures that are preformed by a cosmetic dentist. In one of Dr. Monteagudo’s upcoming blog posts we are going to provide a comprehensive consumer’s guide to cosmetic dentistry procedures. Stay tuned.

Cosmetic Dentistry Tip #3 – Schedule a consultation.

Once you feel confident with your research, Dr. Monteagudo strongly recommends scheduling a consultation to meet the cosmetic dentist in person. A dental consultation may only take a few minutes but it will give you an opportunity to determine if you feel comfortable with the doctor, staff and office. During your consultation you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions that you may not have discovered during your research. Most importantly the cosmetic dentist will consult you on your oral health and cosmetic needs.

Cosmetic Dentistry Tip #4 – Ask about cosmetic dentistry costs.

Never choose a dentist based solely on cost. The adage ‘you get what you pay for’ has never been so true. Plus you don’t want to put your health at stake in order to save a few bucks. With that said, we all have our financial limitations. Choosing to have a cosmetic dentistry procedure done like any services, cost in an important criteria. Cosmetic dentistry may not be included with dental insurance. Ask about financing and payment options that the dentist’s office offer to make cosmetic dental treatments affordable. In many cases the dental office will have a staff member to review costs with you. The will be able to answer all your questions and provide different payment options. Care Credit is one of the largest financers for health care costs. You have options.

As your trusted, lifelong dental partner, Dr. Roberto Monteagudo in West Allis, WI wants to keep you and your loved ones as healthy as possible. Let us know if you have any other questions about your cosmetic dentistry. Share this information with someone you know by clicking on one of the links below. Staying informed helps us all stay healthier. Contact Dr. Roberto Monteagudo at www.wisconsinsmiles.com or give us a call 414.383.5833.

References

- Marquette University School of Dentistry. Become A Patient. http://www.marquette.edu/dentistry/patients/BecomingaPatient.shtml

- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. About Accreditation. http://www.aacd.com/index.php?module=cms&page=140

- WebMd. Finding a Dentist. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/finding-dentist