Finding a Cosmetic Dentist in the Chicago Area (Part 1)

You’ve dreamed about how it would feel to have that fabulous smile! What effect it would have on you, what opportunities would present themselves if you only had that drop-dead gorgeous smile?

Nothing says more about all your goodness than your smile. Dr Ivan believes that If “the eyes are the windows to the soul, then your smile is a reflection of it.”

But, there may have been other demands on your time and funds. Perhaps you put yourself second to others. Now you are ready to do something for yourself and give yourself a gift. You deserve it!

Precious few things in life are as valuable as your smile. It is perhaps your greatest asset! And not many things look better as we get older, and last as long! A “smile makeover” is a great value, perhaps one of the best investments you can make.

Where do you go to find a cosmetic dentist in the Chicago area? The popularity of Cosmetic Dentistry demonstrates that people value a great smile. Some patients have remarked, however, that some of these smile makeovers with veneers appear fake and unnatural. Others have experienced disappointing results, or worse, problems resulting from their treatment. Cosmetic Dentistry can be irreversible, and making sure you have the right place and doctor is essential.

This is why it is crucial to find a highly trained cosmetic dentist to protect perhaps your greatest asset, your smile. Achieving a professional, esthetic, strong, healthy, and natural appearance to your veneers takes much training and commitment by a dentist. There are very few dentists whom have made this commitment. Not all dentists have equal skills and experience. Using your fingertips in the yellow pages simply doesn’t apply when it comes to entrusting your smile. Some patients want to get the best “job” they can at the lowest fees possible or try to get dentists to compete for a lower veneer fee. This could be a disaster when it comes to Cosmetic Dentistry. With a little diligence, you can find a qualified cosmetic dentist for your veneers.

The AACD (The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the foremost organization for Cosmetic Dentistry ) recommends the following when seeking a Cosmetic Dentist:

Before and After Photos – Examine the dentist’s treatment results on other patients to make sure his or her work fits your dental needs.

References – Get a sense from other patients as to what type of quality care the dentist provides.

Continuing Education – Be certain that your dentist has taken continuing education courses to keep him or her up-to-date with the latest techniques in clinical cosmetic dentistry.

These recommendations are a guideline but before and after photos, for example, can be purchased and referrals may not reveal the dentist’s skill and training. How do you know the doctor has pursued quality training to be competent in cosmetic dentistry? Some additional things to consider when seeking a cosmetic dentist:

Membership in cosmetic organizations/Continuing Education

Membership in the AACD is a minimal requirement. With 7600 members, this represents less than 5% of dentists. The 500 graduates from LVI (Las Vegas Institute, the world’s premier training facility), represent dentists that have made the time, financial, and educational commitment to perform these procedures at a high level of competency. While membership in the AACD or LVI is not a guarantee, it is an indicator of the dentist’s willingness to learn, and level of training needed to ensure veneers are done properly. These dentists are at the top of their profession and would be very proud of this distinction and communicate this via diploma, certificates and plaques, on web sites and in marketing.

There are only a few cosmetic dentists in the Chicago area that meet these criteria.  That is, assuming you want someone highly qualified to give you lasting results.  Most of the information here can be found on the dentists’ websites. The next step, covered in our next article, discusses the initial visit.  Here you will find even more clues as to which dentist would be your best choice!