What to Look For in a Cosmetic Dentist

When choosing a cosmetic dentist to enhance or improve your smile, you want to know you're working with a skilled dentist with lots of experience. But how exactly do you know what to look for to ensure you've found this?

Experience & Training

Your dentist's knowledge and credentials should make you feel confident about the results you'll achieve. The right dentist will also have actively kept current with advancements in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Consider the following:

  • Continued Education Many cosmetic dentists attend conferences and workshops through groups like the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), or at dentistry schools like the prestigious Las Vegas Institute (LVI). This shows they've kept up with changes in technology and methodology and want to provide efficient, effective dental treatments...much to your benefit!
  • Involvement in Professional Societies Membership in dental societies shows a commitment to quality cosmetic dentistry. Find out how involved your dentist is in local dental societies. Also look for dentists who belong to the AACD. Membership in this group is based on the completion of rigorous training and regular attendance at cosmetic dentistry conferences.
  • Specialization A good cosmetic dentist will be concerned with your overall oral health as well as with giving you a beautiful smile. Look for someone who has experience or training in cosmetic, preventive, and restorative dentistry.


Simply stated, you want a dentist who can give you a beautiful new smile. But since many advanced dentistry treatments involve several steps, you also want to choose a dentist who you'll be comfortable working with. Consider things like:

  • Honesty Look for a cosmetic dentist who provides you with clear solutions and realistic expectations. Your satisfaction will be highest if you have a good understanding of what is truly possible from your dental treatment.
  • Helpful Resources During your initial consultation, be sure to get everything you need to make an informed decision about your dentist. Ask to view before & after photos of some previous work, and even if the office can put you in touch with a previous patient who had similar work done.
  • Patience Look for a dentist who patiently listens to your concerns and goals and thoroughly answers your questions.


When you attend your initial consultation with a potential cosmetic dentist, you're evaluating the dentist and your options, but you also want to take the staff and the office into consideration:

  • Office Staff Look for staff members who are polite, professional, helpful, and knowledgeable. Feel free to find out a bit about the staff, their credentials, and how long they've been with this dentist.
  • Technology Ask about the equipment in the office, and how up to date they stay with advancements in technology. More state-of-the-art technology generally means a more comfortable experience for you!
  • Cleanliness Check out the office during your consultation and keep an eye out for sterilization products and general hygiene. This is something that you should get a pretty good feel for upon entering the office.

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