The world of cosmetic dentistry has experienced a sudden boom in the last few years, and the words “cosmetic dentistry” appear in virtually every dentist’s advertisements. It is especially important at this time to be cautious when selecting a dentist for cosmetic purposes since so many dentists are claiming to specialize in the field of cosmetics. (Any dentist who places a white filling can call himself or herself a cosmetic dentist.)
There is MUCH more to cosmetic dentistry than placing porcelain over the front teeth! Without a proper workup of bite, gum and bone, and functional issues present, many ‘cosmetic’ cases are heading for failure. Following the principles taught at the Kois Center in Seattle, WA can give a much more predictable and long-lasting, as well as cosmetically attractive results.
There is no recognized board certification in cosmetic dentistry at this time, unlike for a board-certified oral surgeon or orthodontist. The closest designation is a dentist accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry who has documented and shown his cases to a review board. Dr. Bell is in the process of becoming accredited, and he is currently a general member of the AACD. Dr. Bell has taken both lecture and hands-on courses in smile design from some of the finest cosmetic dentists in the United States, as part of his commitment to continuing education as well as his studies at the Kois Center.