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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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