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How Do I Choose A Cosmetic Dentist?

AACD_AM_cmykSelecting a well-qualified and experienced cosmetic dentist may be the most crucial step for obtaining the smile of your dreams. Exceptional cosmetic dentistry is not a matter of chance, and beautiful, natural results are most often achieved by highly-skilled, accredited cosmetic dentists who have an artistic eye.

When you are searching for dentists who can meet your needs, simply looking at the price of the procedure could cost you in the long run. We recommend researching the dentist’s credentials as well as their educational background. An example of what to look for includes membership in respected professional societies or groups such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

The AACD is a prestigious organization with a multi-tiered system of membership. Our own Dr. Cathy J. Santone has served as both a board member of the Southwest Affiliate of the AACD in San Diego as well as past president. Dr. Santone is also one of only 366 cosmetic dentists in the United States to hold the status of Accredited member.

Since any dentist can refer to themselves as a “cosmetic dentist,” researching the credentials of the person working on your smile can have a great impact on the final results. In addition, potential patients may also want to ask about the laboratories and the materials used for cosmetic dentistry work, as quality is significant in these areas as well. Finally, perhaps one of the best resources for potential patients to gain an understanding of a dentist’s skills is to view a before-and-after photo gallery of their work.

If you would like to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry offerings, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Santone, please contact our office today.