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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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