Cosmetic Dentists, Drs. Rod Strickland and Brad DurhamDrs. Rod Strickland and Brad Durham

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in the Hilton Head area, you have many choices. That’s partly because any dentist can call themselves a “cosmetic dentist,” without making any promises about the skills or training they possess. If you want to find the right cosmetic dentist, you need to ask specific questions or do research on the three main factors that distinguish one cosmetic dentist from another: training, experience, and talent.

Cosmetic Dentist Training

There are no legal standards for cosmetic dentist training, so any dentist can technically advertise that they’re a “cosmetic dentist.” It’s up to you to ask about what training a dentist has in cosmetic dentistry techniques. Although some cosmetic dentistry is taught in dental school, you are really looking for people that have training at postgraduate programs that emphasize cosmetic dentistry, such as the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. A dentist who lacks this or similar training is probably not the best choice for a cosmetic dentist.

Experience as a Cosmetic Dentist

When learning about a cosmetic dentist’s experience, don’t settle for a simple question such as “how long have you been a cosmetic dentist?” A dentist can answer this question truthfully just by saying how long ago he decided to add cosmetic dentist to his business cards. What you really need to know is how many cases a dentist has done, or how much of his work has been as a cosmetic dentist over that time.

It’s also important to know whether a dentist has previously handled any cases that are exactly like or very similar to yours. Make sure you know that they have experience specifically with problems like yours. Ask them about how they have handled these cases in the past and how it turned out.

Dentists with Talent

And not all dentists are equally talented. With the same training and the same experience, two dentists are going to produce two very different outcomes. To evaluate a dentist’s talent, there’s nothing to do but look at their actual results. Look at as many before and after pictures as you can to determine how you feel about the results they can achieve.

When you’ve evaluated these three aspects, you can decide which is the right cosmetic dentist for you.

At Beyond Exceptional Dentistry, we live up to our name, and we think we’re the best dentist for anyone seeking the best quality dentistry available. To learn whether we’re the dentist for you, please call (843) 706-2999 today for an appointment at our office in the Hilton Head area.