Decision making can be difficult when considering cosmetic dentistry procedures. The work can be extensive and the results can have a great impact on your smile and quality of life. If you are unsure of what treatment is best for you, or don’t feel comfortable with a recommended treatment, a second opinion can be helpful.
Why is a second opinion important?
You should consider seeking a second opinion from a qualified cosmetic dentist when:
You feel that your dentist is not qualified to treat your dental challenge.
Your dentist claims to be a cosmetic dentist, but does not have the credentials and experience to support it.
You are concerned about the cost, and want to make sure the work will be worth the investment.
You are unsure if the recommended treatment is necessary, or if it will or fix the initial concern.
The Benefits of Getting a Second Opinion for Cosmetic Dental Work
Dentists have varying experience and education; therefore, each dentist has a unique perspective. Multiple perspectives can help you make an informed decision about which treatment is going to best fit your needs. Additionally, different dental offices use different materials, labs, or technology. It is important to not only understand the procedure, but also the quality of the work you will be receiving.
Do online research. There are several ways you can find the right dentist to assess your problem. For cosmetic concerns:
Make sure the Cosmetic Dentist of your choice is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (not just a member). Be wary of dentists who are not Accredited by any board except the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, as designation by other organizations may mean little when considering cosmetic dentistry.
Select a dentist who performs smile designs every day. Great cosmetic dentistry is an art. If you are considering veneers, for example, you should ask exactly how many veneers the dentist has placed. Placing thousands of veneers a year allows a dentist to see a wide variety of different types of smiles and bring this experience and expertise to enhance your case.
Call the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry to verify accreditation status on a Cosmetic Dentist, or to find a cosmetic dentist near you
Weighing Your Dental Treatment Options
The most important thing is to avoid making any major decisions about your dental health until you are comfortable with the care and information you have received. Treatment plans won’t be the same for each person, they should be tailored to the individual and his/her goals. We are happy to offer second opinions.
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