I’m quite concerned how this smile makeover is going. I’ve been very specific with my dentist about the type of smile I wanted. He keeps arguing with me to tell me why I’m making the wrong choice. Every time I try to argue, he says, “Trust me. I know what I’m doing.” I just don’t think I’m going to be happy with these results. Should I get out now or trust him as he says?
You called him a cosmetic dentist, but I’m not sure he really is. The problem many patients run into is there isn’t a recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry. Any general dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist regardless of their training and skill.
In dental school, we’re taught that the dentist knows best. However, those of us who’ve studied cosmetic dentistry after dental school, understand that what matters is the look the patient wants.
One area we see general dentists fight patients is with the color of their smile makeover. Most patients want really white teeth. A non-cosmetically trained dentist will say they want their teeth an unnatural color.
However, with the increase of teeth whitening and cosmetic work, teeth are whiter than they were when these dentists went to school. Even if it were to look “super white”, if that is what the patient wants, that’s what they should get. They’re paying to receive their dream smile.
I don’t think you’re going to get the results you want from this dentist. You’re better off finding one who will listen to you.
What to Look for in a Cosmetic Dentist
The first thing you want to look for is a dentist who gets good results. Look at their smile gallery to see the type of results they get. Would you be thrilled to have a smile like that?
Next, you want to make sure they’re willing to listen to what YOU want. Many of these type of dentists offer something called a beautiful smile guarantee.
Finally, check their reviews. Are patients who’ve been to their practice praising the dentist and staff? Are they happy with the results they received?
I feel confident if you tell your current dentist “nevermind” and seek out a dentist such as I mentioned above, you’ll be much more excited about your investment.
This blog is brought to you by Kalamazoo Dentist Dr. Susan Dennis.