How To Choose A Dentist
More and more people today want and demand straighter, whiter and more beautiful smiles. The huge popularity of ABC’s Extreme Makeover has made patients aware of the life changing treatment cosmetic dentists can provide. But what they do not learn is how to choose that right dentist, who has the crucial skills and training to give them those same smiles they see on TV.
Advertisement and marketing for cosmetic dentistry is everywhere and every dentist says they do “cosmetic dentistry”, things such as whitening, veneers and smile makeovers. How do you know which can really give you the right results and which ones you can really trust? Well, let me give you a little information to help you make the right decision.
Cosmetic dentistry is not a “true specialty” and it is not something taught in dental school. Therefore, a dentist must invest a lot of time and effort to learn this skill. There are programs that teach these advanced techniques and technology to give the very best and natural results. This field of cosmetic dentistry is continually changing and evolving, so finding a dentist who continually pursues the very best in cosmetic dentistry is a must. Dr. Klein is such a dentist; he has completed extensive studies at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), the world renowned institute for cosmetic training. Dr Klein is also involved in the accreditation process with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Dr. Klein has attended their annual meetings, completed their accreditation workshops, passed their written exam and is in the final process which involves submitting five patient cases to demonstrate his ability and skill in all areas of cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Klein has made cosmetic dentistry his passion and lifelong pursuit.
When consulting with a dentist for possible cosmetic treatment, that dentist should be able to show you many photos of different patients he has completed treatment on. These photo albums or photo galleries should be representation of his own work and not of other dentists which he bought from a dental company. The dentist should provide testimonials from his own patients and even be able to call these patients to discuss the treatment and results they had done at his office. Dr. Klein would be proud to share cases and patient testimonials on nearly any procedure.
Making a great first impression with your smile is what cosmetic dentistry is all about. What impression does the dentist’s office make to you? Does the office have a modern, cutting-edge, clean and welcomed look to it, for this is a reflection of the doctor’s style, skill, knowledge and attention to detail. You’ll know immediately if you’re in the right place.
Cosmetic dentistry requires focused attention on an individual patient. A busy, bustling practice means that the dentist is required to check on many patients throughout the day, which takes their focus away from a cosmetic procedure. The doctor needs to be able to spend as much time as is necessary without interruption or rushing. This is why Dr. Klein has cosmetic ONLY days, where he sees only one patient that day and the whole day is dedicated to that on person.
A truly modern dental office utilizes only cutting edge technology. They will be a completely computerized office, have lasers, digital x-rays, digital photography and more. Technology combined with the doctor’s skills will deliver accurate and conservative care while keeping you as comfortable as possible.
The doctor and his staff should spend a lot of quality time with you during your consultation. The more time they spend with you getting to know what you want, the more likely you will get what you want. This also allows you more time to evaluate the doctor and his skills to see if he is right for you. The doctor must listen and understand the goals and desires of the patient so the outcome is predictable and meets the patient’s expectations.
If you follow these criteria, you will definitely find a dentist who has the training, skill, artistry and style to give you a beautiful final result.