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How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist for Veneers & More?

How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist for Veneers & More?

Cosmetic dentistry covers a vast area of topics and services. From veneers to a myriad of other dental services, the best cosmetic dentists perform elective solutions to patients’ issues.

Always remember, in the US and Australia, cosmetic dentistry is not an official specialty. Since the Dental Board of Australia, for example, does not register dental professionals as “cosmetic dentists,” any duly licensed dentist can claim he or she is a Cosmetic Dentist, even if the dentist has no formal training or experience in dental cosmetics.

This situation can make choosing the best cosmetic dentist for you a challenging endeavor. The first step is evaluating those dentists who state they are cosmetic dentists.

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Steps for Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

1. Look for LVI-trained dentists first.
LVI Global is an international institution focused on improving the competence of dental professionals around the world. This institution offers post-graduate training for those dentists who want to expand their knowledge base and technical expertise.

2. Seek out for dentists that have proven their expertise with veneers and improving their patients’ smiles.
Take a look at ‘before and after’ pictures of their actual work, you’ll be more confident of their expertise.

3. In the US consider selecting a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), since members are dedicated to cosmetic solutions to patient issues.
Members of the AACD typically participate in extra cosmetically-focused education and training in the latest techniques, products, and procedures available in the cosmetic dentistry field. Most AACD members have earned AACD Accreditation by passing a written examination, documenting types of cases they’ve completed and an oral exam.

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4. Ask your dentist, friends, and family for personal referrals of dental services they successfully have used for cosmetic treatments, such as veneers.
Even if you have glowing referrals from trusted people, you should talk to the office staff and consider a preliminary consultation with the dentist to learn if you and the dentist have or can develop some good “chemistry” with each other.

5. Always ask about their hours.
Cosmetic procedures like veneers can take a long time and require multiple visits. This means that if you want the process to be as convenient as possible, you’ll want a dentist who offers late, early, or weekend hours so you do not have to miss out on work.

6. Ask about “creature comforts”.
Again, because veneers can take a long time, you’ll want to make sure they offer measures to make you as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Many dentists will offer music, movies, blankets, fuzzy slippers, or a host of other comforting and entertaining things to make the process more enjoyable.

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7. Ask about financing
Many dentists can offer third-party financing, or sometimes even an in-house payment plan. Because veneers and other cosmetic procedures are expensive you’ll want to make sure you can spread out the cost of your cosmetic procedures.

8. Depending on the improvements you would like, quiz the dentist on their experience with the procedures you need.
Smile improvement covers numerous subjects, from healthy, but discolored teeth to crooked, chipped, or missing teeth. Your cosmetic needs may range from the simple (veneers) to the complex (bridges and tooth repair). However, your motivation is probably the same: You want to look and feel better about your smile.

9. You should ask for evidence of the cosmetic dentist’s credentials.
Since most dental professionals have a website, you can easily learn their educational background and training. By learning when they graduated from college and dental school, you can use fourth-grade math to discern how long they’ve been practicing dentistry. If you still have questions about a cosmetic dentist’s credentials, there are multiple ways to verify them. Eventually, the most important credentials are the results the dentist generates. Real patient testimonials serve as the most trustworthy verification of the talent of cosmetic dentists.

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Outstanding cosmetic dentists typically are both technically competent and focused on satisfying their patient’s dental needs with effective improvements. Current technology and materials give cosmetic dentists the “tools” they need to restore or create a beautiful smile for almost any patient.

Superior cosmetic dentists usually further their training by taking continuing education courses and attending seminars to learn the latest techniques and the most current recommended procedure processes. Most top cosmetic dental professionals are supremely proud of their results and are anxious to share their success with new patients by sharing “before and after” pictures.

If you decide that only an LVI-trained dentist will satisfy your cosmetic needs, you can locate the closest professional by doing an Internet search. While these dentists have demonstrated their commitment to learning and staying current with new techniques, you should find other dental professionals with equal talent and proven qualifications.

Choosing the “right” cosmetic dentist for you is largely a personal preference decision after you’ve verified and consulted the dentists that make your final list. The consultation (usually free) is vitally important if your finals include those cosmetic dentists with similar training and experience. This is because you’ll typically be more comfortable with one particular cosmetic dentist than the others.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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