June 10, 2020

Have you been living with ugly teeth or dental problems that keep you from smiling easily or feeling comfortable with yourself? If so, this is a terrible price to pay when it comes to your self-esteem. Thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry, you can finally make the changes you want so you can smile with the confidence you deserve!

Advances in cosmetic dentistry have flung open the door to having a beautiful smile. All you have to do is choose a cosmetic dentist that truly knows what they are doing.

You really don’t want to skip this part, because a poorly trained cosmetic dentist can leave you spending a lot of money on less than ideal results, or worse, results that just won’t last.

That’s because cosmetic dentistry isn’t a recognized specialty, so pretty much any dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. If you are wanting a smile makeover, then you’ll want a dentist who has invested the time, skill and money into learning the art of cosmetic dentistry to become a pro at revitalizing smiles. What are some things you should look for in a cosmetic dentist to make sure you end up with the best results?

What to Look for in Your Cosmetic Dentist

1. Advanced Training for Staff and Dentist

Make sure your cosmetic dentist has postgraduate courses in cosmetic dental treatments like porcelain veneers, invisible orthodontics and laser dentistry under their belt. This is crucial because advances are always taking place in the field of cosmetic dentistry and you want your dentist to improve, adapt, and keep up to get the best results.

So for example, you want to find a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry or is a fellow/master from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). If your dentist has pursued advanced education at LVI, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that they’ve been trained on complicated cases and can probably handle anything that you have going on in your mouth. You also want your dentist to make sure that the team around them, including the dental hygienists, also understands the whole mouth system, not just the basics of how to clean teeth.

2. Smile Portfolio

Next up on your cosmetic dentist’s qualifications should be showing off their client’s before and after photos. This ensures that your cosmetic dentist already has plenty of experience so you have a better chance of getting the results YOU WANT from your treatment. With experience comes the ability to be equipped for any challenge that might arise during the process. By looking over the cosmetic smile portfolio of patients who have gone before you help you see the scope, breadth and depth of your team’s experience before you actually invest in the treatment.

3. Your Comfort is Worth Going the Extra Mile

Depending on the work you’re having done, cosmetic dental appointments can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4-5 hours. Your comfort is a priority, so you’ll want to look for a private dental practice that offers feel-good amenities like blankets, hand-warmers, and headphones so you don’t have to just have to listen to the dentist or the sound of the drill in the background. Our team even offers movie glasses so you can pass the time more enjoyably.

Comfort is key to having a good experience so when you go in for your smile makeover, be sure you’re getting the best possible care and that the team is focusing on YOU and not running back and forth between several patients.

4. Equipped with Cutting-Edge Technology

Some cosmetic dentists are limited in the results they can deliver just because they don’t have the latest technology in their office. So make sure your dental practice is modernly equipped with a computerized office, digital X-rays, lasers, microscopes, and CEREC technology (a single visit restoration).

5. Partners with You in Choosing Your Smile

Don’t assume that you and your dentist are on the same page about what kind of results you want. You’ll need to ask to make sure they have a photo book you can go through to choose the look you are going for. We can’t stress this enough, the best cosmetic dental office listens to their patient’s input when choosing what they want to have done. Your smile is too important to risk on a cosmetic dentist who doesn’t prioritize the patient’s needs.

At Exceptional Dentistry in Palmdale, California, our experienced dentist meets all of the criteria we listed for you above. Our team is trained to give you the quality cosmetic dental care you need for your successful smile makeover. We offer our services in the following treatment options for a smile makeover.

ClearCorrect™: Align crooked teeth using clear, customized aligners for misaligned bites without resorting to noticeable braces.

Dental Bonding: Correct one or more cracked, chipped, discolored, or misshapen teeth by matching a composite (tooth-colored) dental resin to your natural tooth color.

Dental Veneers and Lumineers®: Applying thin, porcelain or composite, tooth-shaped “shells” that fit over one or all of your natural teeth to transform your smile and resists stains. 

CEREC® Single-Visit Crowns: These 100% customized dental crowns are made using CEREC® technology in-office to give you a more accurate and comfortable dental restoration in just one visit.

Teeth Whitening: In-office teeth whitening for stained or discolored teeth, including Zoom!® for patients with busy schedules and KOR® for those who are looking to brighten your teeth as much as 16+ shades. We also offer laser teeth whitening for patients with extra sensitive teeth.

Contact Us Today to Make Over Your Smile!

If you are tired of your smile flaws and want to do something about them, we invite you to give us a call at (661) 349-7725 or schedule a visit to learn how you can transform your appearance with a smile makeover. Dr. James Powell and our experienced dental team at Exceptional Dentistry are excited to help you create the smile of your dreams!