How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist

Serving Patients from Boston, Braintree, Weymouth, Quincy & Nearby Areas of Massachusetts

The dentists at Pinnacle Dental Aesthetics have trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute (LVI) where they have learned to master the latest and most effective cosmetic procedures. When looking for a cosmetic dentist, most people realize it’s important to choose the right one. What many people don’t know is how to go about doing that.

What should you look for in a dentist? What questions should you ask? How can someone tell whether a dentist is skilled and qualified?

We’ve put together this guide to give you a better idea of what to look for, what to ask, and how to choose the best dentist for you and your needs. If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to call our office in Braintree at 781-843-7905.

What is the dentist’s area of expertise?

Dentistry is a very broad field, with many areas of practice. All dentists are trained in basic restorative dentistry procedures, but beyond that, their skills, talents, and training can often vary. Not all dentists have the specialized skills and experience required to perform treatment in complex areas such as cosmetic dentistry.

When researching a new dentist for yourself, look at his or her website and any other information available to learn what areas he or she emphasizes in their practice.

Ideally, you should choose a dentist who puts an emphasis on the type of dentistry you need.

What sort of postgraduate training has the dentist had?

As in many professions, dentists continue their training throughout their careers, to keep their skills and practices up to date, and to advance their knowledge in specialized areas of their practice. This postgraduate education can be a valuable indicator of a dentist’s areas of interest and the types of practice that he or she is best qualified in.

Does the dentist listen to you?

No matter how skilled a dentist is, if he or she does not listen to your goals or communicate with you sufficiently, you probably won’t be happy with the course of your treatment.

Particularly in the area of cosmetic/aesthetic dentistry, it is vital that your dentist understands your desires, thoroughly explains your options to you, and discusses your needs and expectations with you before beginning any procedure. While everyone wants a beautiful smile, not everyone has the same concept of what makes a smile beautiful.

What solutions can you offer me for my problems?

Every patient is different, and no one solution is right for everyone, even when the problem might be the same. For this reason, it’s important to determine what options your dentist can provide to address a variety of situations.

Photographs can be a valuable tool in helping you decide upon a dentist to treat you. Ask to see photographs of the result of their treatment that is similar to the proposed treatment that you are considering. This will give you an indication of whether the dentist can provide you with the type of result that you are looking for.

Come Meet Our Dentists

If you’re looking for a dentist in the Greater Boston area, give us a call at 781-843-7905 or email us today to schedule your complimentary consultation with our skilled and experienced cosmetic and neuromuscular dentists. We’ll be happy to take you on a tour of our facility and answer any questions you have to help you decide whether we’re the right practice for you.