Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental procedure that improves your smile and appearance. It can be professional teeth bleaching that makes your teeth whiter, porcelain veneers that create a more uniform smile or a full mouth restoration involving tooth-colored fillings, braces, gum contouring and other procedures.

But cosmetic dentistry is not just about aesthetics; cosmetic treatments also improve or restore function. Braces straighten teeth and correct bite problems, and veneers give you a healthier, stronger mouth. Anybody can benefit from cosmetic dental treatments. If you find yourself smiling less and less because of bad teeth, it’s time to see a cosmetic dentist.

What to Look ForLike any medical procedure, you want a professional that you can trust. Consider your cosmetic dentist’s training and experience, and find someone who can create the smile you want and make it last for years. Look for a cosmetic dentist who:

Cares about your goals and preferences. You should have a pretty good idea if your dentist is patient-focused during the consultation. A great dentist encourages your input in creating a treatment plan, and listens carefully to your preferences. Make sure that your dentist explains all of your options and discusses the pros and cons of each procedure.

Invests in continuing education. Technology is constantly improving, and a cosmetic dentist who is up-to-date with the latest research and procedures is ahead of his competitors. This kind of cosmetic dentist is a professional who is better informed and can help you make the best decisions about your oral health.

Great reviews from actual patients. You can’t buy a genuine, glowing patient testimonial. Check the dentist’s website for ratings on customer service, office environment, success of dental procedures and other relevant information.

Dr. John Hucklebridge was named by the International Association of Dentists as one of the leading dentists in Plano for 2013. Schedule a smile consultation today to find out why.