Recent surveys have shown the smile to be the most important appearance factor in attractiveness and self esteem. If you are considering the life-changing decisions to improve the appearance of your smile, you are advised to take some time investigating the factors in choosing a cosmetic dentist. Do not hesitate to ask questions of the team and doctor to help you be a wise consumer.

Making a decision based on fees or insurance coverage can be a disappointing path. In choosing the right practice for you, please consider some important factors:

Process

What are the steps involved to create a beautiful and functional smile that will last for many years? Do the Dentist and Team take time to listen to your story and discover what you want for your smile? Is there a blueprint of the case designed in the form of a diagnostic wax up? Does the dentist create custom temporaries for you to “test drive” your new smile and make revisions based on your desires and needs? Is there a plan for follow up after the fact to assure the restorations look, fit, and feel natural?

Photography

Does your Dentist have readily available many before and after images of their own work similar to yours for viewing and discussion? You want to know the Dentist has completed successful cases similar to yours. Our camera is one of the most utilized tools in our office.

Experience

You want to be certain the dentist has many years of experience helping people with teeth issues, health issues, and emotional aspects of dental care. Authentic testimonials, an established practice, recognition by peers, and advanced education are all signs of the experience you are seeking.

Education

A dentist who is continually upgrading his or her skills and knowledge with the latest science and technology is a dentist who can best fulfill your goals. Cosmetic techniques are generally not taught in dental school and require considerable time and study to master after graduation. Dr. Bernstein has put in that time and expense to become a nationally recognized clinical authority on cosmetic dental care. He is also invited to teach other dentists and students on his procedures and time proven concepts.

Credentials

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry was formed in 1983 to train and credential dentists who have developed a high level of skill in the art and science of smile enhancement. Dr. Mickey Bernstein is one of 350 AACD Accredited Members world-wide to have achieved that prestigious award in 2000. He has also been honored by the Tennessee Dental Association, The American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists for his professional contributions.

Cosmetic Dentistry is not recognized by the American Dental Association or the Tennessee Board of Dentistry as an area of specialty.