You may be looking for the perfect cosmetic dentist who will create a beautiful smile for you. But according to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, “you need to ask a lot of questions before you can be sure which office is the best fit and will deliver outstanding results”.

Cosmetic dentistry is dental work that will aesthetically enhance your teeth. While most people see a cosmetic dentist for aesthetics, a good cosmetic dentist will also focus on the functionality part and deliver work that looks like teeth…not like dentistry.

Combining aesthetics with perfect functionality is the most important thing when it comes to getting those dental veneers or implants.

You enlist a cosmetic dentist for: dental crowns, dental veneers, implants, gum grafts, enameloplasty, teeth whitening, full mouth reconstruction, or anything related to orthodontics.

What do you need to know about the cosmetic dentist you choose:

Experience. Ask your cosmetic dentist how long has he been practicing and how many procedures, like your, they’ve done in the past year. There are many general dentists who will offer a few cosmetic dentistry procedures, but it is import to know if they have the experience.

Is your cosmetic dentist board certified and licensed. The ADA (American Dental Association) offers the board certification, while licensing is offered by the state. If he is a licensed professional, it means that he has passed regularly all state and national examinations.

What are the main types of cosmetic dentistry procedures your dentist is qualified to offer? In order to be able to perform dental implant treatments, veneers and teeth whitening, seek a dentist who has completed two extra years of training. This demonstrates someone who is both passionate and focused on the type of dentistry you seek.

For your particular situation, ask the dentist what treatment he would recommend and why. Also, ask about the pros and cons of each dental treatment in your case.

What are the possible risks and complications with the type of cosmetic dentistry you have chosen?

Ask for examples of past work. A good cosmetic dentist can show you before and after pictures and probably more importantly, have current patients offer testimonials.

Dr. Ryne Johnson, a prosthodontist of 24 years, is one of Bostons most-trusted and respected cosmetically-focused practitioners. He is a licensed and board-eligible prosthodontist, trained in all areas of cosmetic dentistry. A certificate in prosthodontics requires 2 or 3 years of additional training. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Dr. Johnson at And remember, “See a Specialist…The Difference will Make You Smile.”

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