When deciding on a cosmetic dentist, consider that this person is going to be changing your appearance, so the cheapest or even the most advanced-looking clinic may not be the best choice. You want a dentist who has experience with cosmetic procedures – who can show you their previous work and has great recommendations and reviews.

Firstly, ask friends and family for a personal recommendation, even your dentist may have a trusted colleague they can refer you to. You want a dentist that specialises in cosmetic treatments.

When narrowing down the selection, book consultations with more than one cosmetic dentist to find a dentist that makes you feel comfortable and can address all your concerns. They should fully listen to and take the time to understand what your needs are and what you hope to achieve. An excellent clinician will also manage your expectations; not everyone would suit Kim Kardashian’s teeth!

During the consultation, your cosmetic dentist should assess the overall health of your teeth and gums – and should insist that any necessary remedial work gets completed before your aesthetic treatment.

If you have any recent x-rays, take them along and you can avoid repeat radiation exposure.

Mock-ups of your new smile can be created by the dentist in the chair or created by the laboratory for the more extensive crown and bridgework, some advanced dental studios even have special imaging to help you design your new smile.

Beautiful dentistry also relies on a great laboratory, so ask your dentist how long they’ve worked with their chosen lab, and if they have any examples to show you. Cosmetic dentistry should enhance and create a natural-looking smile; a row of Stimrol gum isn’t a good look!

Your dentist must discuss long term care, how long is the work likely to last, does the dental practice offer any guarantees, what maintenance work may you need? For example, tooth whitening needs maintenance appointments every 3-6 months, and you may need to change your habits to avoid breaking veneers.

The team at Hout Bay Dental Studio are happy to offer a second opinion, bring along your treatment plan for a no-obligation consultation.

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