One common theme the best cosmetic dentists see in their practice is patients who come from other practices because they received a disappointing smile makeover. It’s not awful. It’s just average. When you spend that much money for a smile makeover, average is the worst. Why? It’s not bad enough to get your money back, but it’s absolutely nowhere close to the dream smile you’d been saving up for all this time. While patients who leave Dr. Cha’s chair are thrilled with their stunning new smile, it would have been better if they could have received that the first time around and not had to come to him to fix what their dentist couldn’t.
The #1 Factor in Avoiding a Disappointing Smile Makeover
The most important decision you make isn’t the type of porcelain veneers you get. We often see the debate of Lumineers versus Other brands of porcelain veneers. It’s not whether you get ultra-thin versus traditional. It’s not the brand.
Simply put, the wrong dentist can ruin all of it. He or she can have the best materials and a patient with an idea facial structure, yet his output is mediocre at best. Why?
Smile Makeovers aren’t Taught in Dental School
When dentists go to school, they are taught how to clean, examine, and repair teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is something completely separate. Things like smile makeovers, color theory, smile esthetics, etc. aren’t taught.
Instead, a dentist has to make the effort to get the training they need post-doctorally. They’ll need to go to schools like The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, among a few others to learn these procedures and the art form that makes them stunning.
Smile Makeovers are an Artform
Like any art form, some artists have more skill and a naturally artistic eye than others. Two sculptors can have the same subject model for them. Both will likely get the form of the subject. Yet, somehow, one is able to capture the spirit of the subject more than the other.
This takes training, experience, and a willingness to understand what the end result should be before even starting.
How Do Patients Locate the Best Cosmetic Dentists
While patients used to be left to flounder and evaluate the training and artistry of dentists on their own, that is no longer the case. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) began an accreditation program. This tests the dentist’s technical knowledge with both oral and written exams.
It also tests their artistry by requiring them to present a large number of cases they’ve recently done themselves. Dentists which are awarded accreditation are among the top 1% of cosmetic dentists in the world. They’ll give you an absolutely stunning smile. If you want the best dentist, choose an accredited one.
Most of them even have a beautiful smile guarantee.
This blog is brought to you by Tulsa Dentist Dr. Jerome Cha.