How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist

By Ettienne Van Zyl on May 02, 2014

Memphis Cosmetic DentistYour smile is one of your most important, and most noticeable, facial features. The goal of your cosmetic dentist is to ensure that it’s also one of the most attractive. Memphis dentist, Dr. Ettienne van Zyl, understands that how you feel about your smile can greatly influence the quality of your self-confidence. Fortunately, finding a cosmetic dentist with the skill and compassion to help you create the smile you’ve always wanted can be as simple as asking the right questions. 

Ask Yourself…

Are the dentist and staff patient-centered?

Dental care, whether it's preventive, restorative, or cosmetic, should be tailored to meet your unique situation, needs, and preferences. Your dentist should listen to your specific wants, concerns, and desires in order to more effectively craft a treatment plan that’s suited to you. If the dentist and staff seem more concerned with their own agenda, or don’t seem interested in what you want for your smile, then chances are you won’t be satisfied with the outcome of your treatment. At our Tennessee-based dental office, Dr. van Zyl and his team make every patient our number one priority, and our goal is to create a smile that you’ll be happy to show off to the world.

Is the dentist accredited by the America Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)?

Although the American Dental Academy (ADA) doesn’t recognize cosmetic dentistry as a separate dental specialty, a cosmetic dentist should still be certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Before allowing any dentist to perform a cosmetic procedure on your smile, ask about the doctor’s education, certifications, training, and professional memberships to ensure the dentist truly is experienced in cosmetic procedures. With certification by the AACD, as well as several other reputable organizations, Dr. van Zyl has extensive experience helping patients unveil their healthy, beautiful smiles, and can help you find joy in yours, as well.

What cosmetic services does the dentist offer?

Even a dentist who offers cosmetic services might not offer the procedure you need, especially if the dentist isn’t certified in cosmetic dental treatment. If the cosmetic enhancement isn’t exactly the right solution, then the results may be as disappointing, if not more so, as your smile’s appearance before the procedure. Because every smile is different, as is the person behind it, we offer a wide variety of cosmetic services designed to meet your specific expectations, including;

Schedule a Cosmetic Consultation Today

If you want to improve your smile, do it right the first time by finding an experienced, certified cosmetic dentist who will listen to what you want, and who offers the services you need. To learn more, or to schedule you consultation with Dr. Ettienne van Zyl, call our office at your earliest convenience.

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