Across the board, finding qualified medical professionals who are not only highly proficient in their craft, but are also able to meet your unique needs can be tricky… and it’s definitely a process. If you’re looking to find a cosmetic dentist, but don’t know where to start, here’s a few helpful tips to help you find the provider you need:
The first step in finding the right cosmetic dentist is to first understand what it is you need done (e.g. braces, extraction, etc.) and make sure it aligns with their service offerings and specialities.
For the most part, cosmetic dentists provide:
Implant Dentistry. Whether you have loose fitting dentures or missing teeth, dental implants are often used to correct issues and create a natural, beautiful smile. Implants are surgically placed in your jawbone and work as “anchors” or roots for artificial teeth. Typically, the implant base material is titanium, which fuses with your jawbone, and won’t slip, make noise or cause bone damage in the way that bridgework or dentures sometimes do.
Reading reviews online is a great place to start, but often, the best place to get recommendations is from friends and family members. Ask your local nearest and dearest for a referral, and then you can do some research on your own. You may also consider asking other dental professionals, such as your orthodontist, for a professional referral. You can then check out the doctor’s website, talk to the office, or even go in for a preliminary consultation.
Most cosmetic dentists will have a portfolio of their work online. Of all the different dental professions, cosmetic dentists may have it easiest when it comes to showing off their work because they routinely work in the arena of “before and afters.” However, keep in mind, some pictures (especially those online) run the risk of being altered or may be stock photos, so it’s a good practice to inquire if the photos represent actual patient results. It’s also a good idea to physically visit the office and get a feel for the office staff. Going to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favorite, but an office that’s warm and inviting can make a big difference.
Okay, so you have your referrals, you’ve checked out their online portfolio, and perhaps you’ve even visited the office. Now, it’s time to make sure they hold the appropriate credentials and are qualified to do the work. Here’s a few things you’ll want to check into:
Located in San Diego, Dr. David Landau, Dr. Lawrence Addleson and their extraordinary team are widely recognized for their top-quality smile designs. They have been awarded with recognition from their peers for many consecutive years and have been credited for the “whole body” approach to cosmetic dentistry.