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Today more than ever, the choice of a cosmetic dentist is a critical decision that should be made with the utmost care. So how do you choose a cosmetic dentist? After all, any general dentist who does things as simple as whitening teeth can claim to be a 'cosmetic dentist.'

When you're looking to improve your smile, get long-lasting comprehensive solutions, or get that "just-right Hollywood smile," what should you expect? Are all dentists the same?

Even though selecting a cosmetic dentist is a personal decision that each person must make for himself or herself, there's one thing that you share with everyone else-you want to be sure that you'll get a great-looking smile, and long-lasting results.

“Dr. Simos I'm so happy with the work you did on my smile-it's such a huge improvement. I feel so much better about my appearance. You did a beautiful job, and I'm amazed how different I look! Thank you again for everything.”

– Mary R.
7 Steps to Choosing Your Cosmetic Dentist
At Allstar Smiles, we understand you want to feel confident you're making the right choice. That's why if you are considering cosmetic dentistry, we recommend you follow an 7 step guide as part of your selection process:

5. Scientific Knowledge Required
6. Review Actual Client Photos
7. It's Your Choice

1. Do Your Homework
First things first. Most cosmetic dental procedures are elective, so time spent learning about the different techniques, materials, and the cosmetic dentists you are considering will pay great dividends in terms of your smile transformation. If in doubt, always get a second opinion from an experienced professional cosmetic dentist. Our office is happy to provide complimentary second opinions.

2. In-Depth Training is a Must
It may surprise you to learn that the vast majority of dental schools don't teach courses in cosmetic dentistry, and those that do, are usually limited to only a few introductory courses. At Allstar Smiles, we feel your mouth is not the place for on-the-job training.

In a rapidly changing field like cosmetic dentistry, to perform cosmetic dental procedures at the highest level-and to achieve the best results for your smile-truly requires technical skill, an artistic eye, and extensive on-going post-doctoral training in cosmetic dentistry.

Be sure to ask the cosmetic dentist you are considering about the scope and regularity of his or her post-doctoral training in cosmetic dentistry, as well as the number and types of cosmetic cases he or she performs, and how often.
Be sure to ask the cosmetic dentist you are considering about the scope and regularity of his or her post-doctoral training in cosmetic dentistry, as well as the number and types of cosmetic cases he or she performs, and how often.

3. Seek Open Communication
Find a cosmetic dentist who will spend the time with you to honestly explain his or her evaluation of your mouth, approach to what you want, and ability to meet your expectations.

The first thing the cosmetic dentist should do is listen and make sure he or she understands all your concerns, needs and desires as they relate to your dental health and the look of your smile.

Be wary of the dentists who minimize your concerns, and gloss over their approach to your smile, telling you just how "easy and simple" everything is going to be. Time should be spent diagnosing and consulting with you on the recommended treatment plan-which should be individualized for your particular situation-as indicated by your dental health and your conveyed needs and desires.

4. Artistic Eye Required
Before you randomly select a dentist from the phone book, or rely on the regular dentist who cleans your teeth to design your dream smile, consider this: Great cosmetic dentistry is an art.

The fact is, the average general dentist has simply not performed cosmetic Smile Designs very many times or with a regularity that's necessary for mastery of this art form. To ensure you get a beautiful smile, you'll want to find a cosmetic dentist who has extensive Smile Design experience, and who is precise and accurate in the execution of their Smile Design, with meticulous attention to detail.

5. Scientific Knowledge Required
While it's a critical component of your Smile Design, artistic ability is only one part of the design process. Consider this, as well: Great cosmetic dentistry is also a science.

Imagine investing in your dream smile, only to have your beautiful new smile keep chipping-or worse still-discover that your bite doesn't function as well now, or find that you've developed aches and experience discomfort that you never had before. Enter the science of smile design.

To ensure you get the beautiful-and long-lasting-smile you've always wanted, your smile design should incorporate 2 equally important elements:
- Form-the beauty of your smile (color, shading, proportion, and shape)
- Function-the way your smile (or bite) works when your teeth come together.

In our office, cosmetic dentistry incorporates both of these elements. By applying 'Neuromuscular' principles of cosmetic dentistry, not only can we design a beautiful appearance for your smile, but we can also provide for its optimal function by paying careful attention to the natural 'comfort' position of your smile (or bite) and its muscles and joints.

This complete approach gives our clients the assurance that their Smile Design will take into consideration all the important elements necessary to get the great-looking smile and long-lasting results we all want.

Be sure to ask the cosmetic dentists you are considering about their training in 'Neuromuscular' principles. Make sure, too, that the cosmetic dentist talks with you about how they will address as part of your Smile Design the function of your teeth and bite. They should also address with you the artistic design elements related to your gums, lips, facial structure, skin tones, and, of course, your own specific requests.

6. Review Actual Client Photos
When considering a cosmetic dentist, you'll want to look at photos of the dentist's actual cases that are similar to yours. Be aware that there are companies out there that sell before and after photos for doctors to use as their own.

You should also be afforded the opportunity to speak with other clients of the cosmetic dentist you are considering, whose cases are similar to your own.

7. It's Your Choice
Don't let anyone pressure you into making a decision. It's your choice to decide what to do. In the end, when you have gathered all of the information, you will know by what you have learned which cosmetic dentist is the right choice for you.

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