Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist
Finding the right cosmetic dentist for you can be a time-consuming and overwhelming experience. Considering the cost of many cosmetic dental procedures and the risks involved, you will want to find the most qualified, experienced, and talented dentist available. Most importantly, you will want to find a dentist you can trust, and with whom you can speak candidly about your aesthetic goals and expectations. Choosing to undergo a cosmetic procedure is one of the more personal decisions you can make. The ultimate success of your cosmetic procedure will depend heavily on your ability to communicate openly with your dentist.
Not all dentists are qualified or trained to perform cosmetic or neuromuscular dentistry. In fact, most basic four-year dental programs do not provide much in the way of cosmetic or neuromuscular dental training. This being said, there are no laws prohibiting any general dentist from marketing him or herself as a “cosmetic dentist.”
The LVI Difference
Cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry requires extensive post-graduate training. Be sure to inspect your dentist’s credentials to make sure he or she has the appropriate training.Dr. Babak Firouzi has trained at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies – the world’s most prestigious post-graduate training center for cosmetic and neuromuscular dentists. Choosing an LVI-trained dentist ensures that you will receive the most up-to-date and expert cosmetic dental treatments available.
A great cosmetic dentist must have more than an impressive list of credentials. A great cosmetic dentist must have the instincts and talent of an artist, and an impeccable attention to detail in order to produce natural looking results. Attention to neuromuscular principles is crucial when performing many cosmetic procedures. If neuromuscular problems exist and are ignored, they can significantly shorten the life span of many cosmetic treatments. Also be sure that your dentist uses only the highest quality materials and skilled master technicians. Furthermore, the right dentist must be a good listener and communicator in order to help you decide which cosmetic dental procedures are best for you.
Look for a dentist who is active in the larger dental community. Such a dentist will be a member of several professional organizations such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and others. Membership in organizations such as these will ensure that your dentist is current on the latest in treatment technologies and techniques. These organizations offer a number of educational opportunities to their members that are not available to non-members.