Napa, California – Thanks to the blitz of reality television ‘makeover’ programs and direct-to-consumer marketing of teeth whitening products, consumer awareness of cosmetic dentistry has reached an all-time high. With so many options available to consumers to improve their smiles, it is now more important than ever for patients to ask their dentist about their experience in performing cosmetic procedures.
“Any patient considering a ‘smile makeover’ should ask their dentist about the education in cosmetic dental procedures that the doctor has undergone,” said American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) member cosmetic dentist Dr. Cecil Lamberton of Napa, California “A great indicator to know if your dentist focuses on cosmetic procedures is whether he or she is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.”
AACD Recommendations When Seeking a Cosmetic Dentist
In order to make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry, the AACD recommends that you ask for the following items before undergoing treatment. As is the case when undergoing any dental treatment, please consult with your dentist to find out which procedure is right for you.
Before and After Photos – Examine the dentist’s treatment results on other patients to make sure their work fits your dental needs.
References – Get a sense from other patients as to what type of quality care the dentist provides.
Continuing Education – Be certain that your dentist is an active AACD member and has taken continuing education courses to keep up-to-date with the latest techniques in clinical cosmetic dentistry.
About the AACD
Comprised of over 8,000 cosmetic dental professional in 70 countries around the globe, the AACD is the world’s largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing excellence in cosmetic dentistry (comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, aesthetics and function). The AACD fulfills its mission by offers superior educational opportunities; promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential; serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas; and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry visit www.aacd.com or call (800) 543-9220.
Dr. Cecil Lamberton is an AACD member cosmetic dentist practicing in Napa, California. For patient consultations, contact the doctor at 707-257-7771