How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist

As the New Year gets underway, you may be trying to fulfill some long held resolutions to improve your smile. Cosmetic dentistry treatments can be some of the most effective ways to fulfill these resolutions. The various elective procedures can correct a full range of aesthetic imperfections. However, if you are considering one or more of these treatments, you may be wondering how to choose a cosmetic dentist. Fortunately, there are a few easy guidelines that can help you make the right choice.

How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist: A Variety of Procedures

Cosmetic treatments are not one-size-fits-all options. Rather, your treatment will be tailored to meet your cosmetic goals, practical health needs, budget, and schedule. Often, you could choose from several different procedures. For example, veneers and bonding can yield similar results, but bonding may be a better choice if you have suffered enamel erosion. When selecting a cosmetic dentist, it is important to choose someone who offers a full array of treatments and has experience in all of these areas.

If you want to achieve a complete smile transformation, you may select two or more procedures, combining them in a smile makeover. In this instance, it is especially important to choose a dentist who offers a diverse range of options.

How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist: Experience and Advanced Training

Of course, if a dentist offers an array of treatments, it will mean nothing if he or she does not have the skill and expertise to perform them well. When you are choosing your cosmetic dentist, seek out someone who has taken ongoing training and who has been recognized for his or her accomplishments in the field.

For instance, an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Fellowship® is the highest honor awarded in this side of the field. To earn this honor, a dentist must be a member of the AACD. He or she must also take many hours of continuing education, focusing exclusively on cosmetic dentistry. Finally, the dentist must submit 50 case studies to the executive office of the Academy. 45 of those 50 cases must be deemed successful according to the rigorous standards of the AACD. Thus, when you choose a dentist with this honor, you can be sure that he or she has the training and skill necessary to provide outstanding aesthetic results.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.