Dr. Andy Chang was nominated as one of Dallas’ most Elite Dentists by Modern Luxury Dallas! Check out some of the interview our Elite Dental Associates prosthodontic dental care provider had with the magazine, and be sure to look out for more parts, coming soon. In part five, Dr. Chang answers the question: Do I have a good cosmetic dentist? See the answer to this question and be on the lookout for more from the Modern Luxury Article here on our blog!
If you are in need of tooth restoration, or if you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, your first inclination may be to head to a cosmetic dentist. While this may be a good idea, it may not be the best idea. There are many types of dentists, but it may be wiser to head to a prosthodontic dentist that has had extra training to deal with cases at a more advanced level.
Many patients have never heard of a prosthodontic dentist. However, prosthodontists (or specialized restorative dentists) are highly regarded by the American Dental Association (ADA). In fact, prosthodontics is one of only nine sub-specialties of dentistry that are recognized by the ADA (cosmetic dentistry is not one of the nine specialties). This means that dental schools instruct dentists in techniques, methods, and specialized training in prosthodontics—dental schools do not instruct dentists in cosmetic dentistry.
Many patients come to [Dr. Chang] with many questions including special considerations for dental veneers. The following are just a list of the most frequently asked questions:
Q. How do I know whether a cosmetic dentist is good or not?
A. One of the first questions you should ask to find the answer to “do I have a good cosmetic dentist,” is what type of training he or she has for the particular procedures you’re interested in. Not all dentists know and perform all cosmetic dentistry procedures. As such, cosmetic dentists often involve other specialists (prosthodontist, orthodontist, ceramist, etc.) in treatment planning and execution. It is important to know exactly who will be involved in your treatment and what they will be doing.
You should also ask to see before-and-after photos of patients who underwent those procedures. Ask questions about their cases and the strategies the dentist used to improve their smiles.
Make an appointment with Elite Dental Associates’ own good cosmetic dentist today! Schedule online or call 214-220-2424 and we’ll set up your initial consultation. And be sure to check out the December 2014 edition of Modern Luxury.