Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

beautiful young womanIf you are in the process of choosing a cosmetic dentist in the Memphis, TN, area, you need to know what to look for in a practitioner. Not all dentists have the specific cosmetic dentistry training required to provide excellent, long-lasting results. Meanwhile, cosmetic dentistry is often elective, meaning patients are spending money out of pocket for this service. In order to achieve the very best return on your investment, it is important to choose a dentist with substantial experience, advanced training, and an excellent reputation.

Dr. Ettienne van Zyl is certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He has also studied cosmetic dentistry at renowned institutions such as the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. To learn more about why Dr. van Zyl's experience and qualifications make him an excellent choice to help you achieve the smile of your dreams, please reach out to our practice today.

Finding A Cosmetic Dentist

Today, it is easier than ever to be an informed consumer. By conducting some simple research, you can find an outstanding practitioner to perform your cosmetic dentistry treatments. Some of the best ways to find a great dentist include:

  1. Asking friends and family for recommendations. Word of mouth and personal referrals are often a great first step to getting in touch with a dentist who delivers outstanding results.

  2. Conducting a web search for patient reviews. There are a number of patient review sites that can give you first-hand accounts of experiences with dentists in your area.

  3. Contacting a cosmetic dentistry organization. The American Dental Association (ADA) does not provide special accreditation in cosmetic dentistry. However, there are other reputable organizations that recognize excellence in this area. The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) are happy to point you toward local associates. 

  4. Reviewing a dentists' credentials. Most dentists’ web pages will list their credentials. It is also a good idea to verify their training and memberships by contacting the institutions listed.

  5. Touring before-and-after photo galleries. Many dentists' websites have a gallery of real patient cases that you can view online. We invite you to explore Dr. van Zyl's gallery to gain an understanding of his caliber of work.

The Initial Consultation

Before or during your initial consultation, it is a good idea to ask about the dentist’s experience in the specific treatment you want, and request to see more before and after pictures of the dentist's patients. As with any service, the provider with more training and experience is more likely to deliver the outcome you desire. You should also feel comfortable speaking with your dentist and asking questions. During your consultation, make certain that your dentist is willing to patiently explain all recommendations, and does not pressure you into procedures you do not want or understand.

Contact Us Today

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment in your self-esteem and quality of life, and you deserve excellent results delivered by an outstanding dentist. If you are considering veneers, teeth whitening, orthodontics, or a smile makeovercontact cosmetic dentist Ettienne van Zyl today. His extensive post-graduate training and track record of delivering exceptional results can help you achieve the unforgettable smile you desire.

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