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Chapel Hill Dental Care

Joseph G Marcius, D.D.S.

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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment in the future of your smile. And, like any investment, you'll want to do a little research before making a final decision. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you.

  1. Check the doctor's credentials.

    Unlike other dental specialties (oral surgery, orthodontics, etc.), cosmetic dentistry is not recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) as a specialty. However, cosmetic dentists can receive advanced education from Universities and Dental Training Institutes.The dentist should also be licensed through the state dental board.

  2. Investigate the doctor's training.

    The best cosmetic dentistry practitioners didn't just go to dental school; they also completed extensive post-graduate training programs that focus specifically on issues of cosmetic dentistry. In addition, the best dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date on new procedures and materials.

  3. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Consultations are generally inexpensive, and are sometimes even offered for free. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  4. Look for smile design experience.

    Cosmetic dentistry is as much art as it is science. In general, the more smiles a dentist has designed, the better that dentist's work will be. Smile design is about more than just your teeth; the dentist should also consider your lips, gum line, mouth shape and facial structure. Ask to see the final portraits of the dentist's actual patients.

  5. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual long-term treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  6. Look at before and after photos.

    Take a look at the dentist's portfolio before you make up your mind. Pay specific attention to cases that are similar to yours. Make sure that the photos are of actual work done by the dentist, not just stock photos.

  7. Technology is cool, but it's not the only thing.

    A dentist with high-tech modern equipment is more likely to be up-to-date on modern techniques. At the same time, however, don't let yourself be dazzled by a dentist's fancy tools; what really matters is if the dentist knows how to use them properly.

  8. A good lab technician is a valuable asset.

    The dentist might decide on the treatment plan, but it's the lab technician who'll actually fabricate the porcelain veneers or crowns that will be gracing your new smile. Great dentists are proud of their lab technicians and the materials they use.

  9. Nothing compares to experience.

    Much like other people, dentists get better at things the more they do them. Ideally, your dentist will have lots of experience with cosmetic dentistry in general and with your procedure specifically.

  10. Ask about references and recommendations.

    Word of mouth can provide valuable insights. Learn more about your potential new dentist by asking around. Do other medical and dental professionals refer patients to this dentist? Do past patients recommend this dentist?

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"We know that selecting a cosmetic dentist is not easy. I want you to know that you can call me personally with any questions or concerns."

1690 Brittain Road

Akron, Ohio 44310

Appt Tel: (330) 633-7141

www.akrondental.com

Directions

Chapel Hill Dental Care is conveniently located in Northeast Akron one block south of Chapel Hill Mall on Brittain Rd.