The decision to undergo cosmetic dental work is very personal and requires a dentist who understands your needs.  

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more and more popular, but if you would like to enhance your smile in some way, there are a few factors to consider before you go ahead with treatment. Your aesthetic goals are unique and personal, and to enjoy results with which you are satisfied, it is essential that you find the right cosmetic dentist.

So, how do you go about choosing a dentist who will be able to help you achieve your dream smile? What kinds of skills and credentials should you look out for? And how do you know that they will take the time to listen to your concerns and needs? Read on for our tips on choosing a cosmetic dentist that will work with you to improve your overall appearance…

1. Choose a dentist who cares

When choosing a cosmetic dentist, it is imperative that you go with a professional who actually takes the time to listen to you and who cares about your particular concerns. Cosmetic dentistry is about much more than improving the appearance of your smile — it’s about ensuring healthy oral function as much as it is about the aesthetic results. To ensure that you have a good experience, opt for a dentist who will allow your needs to drive the process. You should be given the opportunity to explain your goals and concerns in detail before your dentist explains all your treatment options to you. Every patient is unique — your dentist should understand this and personalise a treatment plan accordingly.

2. Check their credentials

When you consult with a cosmetic dentist for the first time, don’t be afraid to ask them about their particular credentials and expertise, as well as any special interests that they have. Your dentist will be performing very important work, so you should feel comfortable that they are fully qualified and experienced in the field. Feel free to ask them about any advanced training they may have completed, which professional organisations they belong to, and what kind of work they most often do.

You might also consider asking for examples of previous work that your dentist has performed. It can be helpful to see some before and after images of patients who have been through the same procedure you are interested in.

3. Consider the cost

When it comes to the cost of cosmetic dentistry, every patient is different. The exact cost of your treatment will depend on a few factors, including how many procedures you require and how extensive the process is likely to be.

It is important that you discuss the cost of treatment with your dentist before you go ahead with any procedure. Your treatment plan should be designed and tailored especially for you, but feel free to ask your dentist if they offer any finance options. In some cases, Mediplan can help to cover the costs of more significant procedures.

How can we help?

Professor Jim Ironside is a specialist prosthodontist who provides premium dental care and helping his patients through restorative, cosmetic and general dentistry.

At Ironside Advanced Dental, we offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic dentistry services. We understand that when performed by a specialist prosthodontist, cosmetic dentistry is not just about improving the appearance of the smile. To enjoy a truly rewarding cosmetic dentistry experience, your treatment plan should aim to improve the long-term function and appearance of your teeth.

Some of the cosmetic dental treatments available at Ironside Advanced Dental include smile makeovers; teeth whitening; dental veneers; white fillings; crowns and bridges; and bonding. To see the full range of cosmetic services, please have a look here.

To book an appointment with Professor Jim Ironside, please get in touch here or give us a call on (02) 9267 3495.  We look forward to welcoming you to our comfortable practice in Sydney’s CBD.