I have always hated my smile. Always. I’ve never had the money to do anything about it–until now. I’ve just inherited a ton of money and the very first thing I want to do is feel pretty. Shallow? Maybe. But, you don’t understand how embarrassed my smile has always made me. Now that I can do something about it, I want the BEST cosmetic dentist there is. How do I find him or her?
Dana P. – Ohio
You are not alone in being embarrassed about your smile. One poll showed that over 50% of Americans were unhappy with some aspect of their smile. It’s great that you’ve been given the resources to do something. You’ll find that not only will a smile makeover improve your smile, but your confidence will soar as well.
You’re wise to ask questions before just jumping in. There isn’t a recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry, so any general dentist can claim to have the skills required to do a smile makeover. While they might be able to give you a basic makeover, there’s no guarantee that it will be beautiful.
If you want a gorgeous smile, your safest bet is to go to a dentist who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). There is a difference between a member of AACD and someone accredited with the AACD. Any dentist can join and become a member. To be accredited, you have to pass stringent exams as well as demonstrate your artistic skill with cosmetic procedures. Many accredited dentists also have a beautiful smile guarantee.
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