What do we mean when we say Dr. Michael Szarek is a cosmetic dentist? In his case, it means he has undergone rigorous post-graduate training in complex esthetic and restorative dental techniques. He has completed several courses at the prestigious Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Education, which focuses on complex, full-mouth restoration cases. He has more than 15 years of experience performing complicated procedures like full-mouth restorations with dental implants, zirconia dental bridges, and porcelain crowns.
Dr. Szarek is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). In order to be accredited by the AACD, a dentist must pass a thorough written examination, an oral examination, and submit pictures and clinical details of different types of cosmetic procedures he or she has performed for evaluation by the Academy’s accreditation board. To date, fewer than 300 dentists worldwide can claim this designation.
Why your choice of cosmetic dentists matters
Unfortunately, not every dentist who claims to be a cosmetic dentist has the caliber of training of Dr. Szarek. Legally, any licensed dentist can use this term and perform cosmetic procedures. However, dental schools require no special training in cosmetic dentistry and many general dentists lack both the technical skill and artistic perspective needed to perform these procedures well.
For example, many general dentists now offer white fillings made of composite resin instead of traditional metal fillings. However, unless he or she has received special training in the use of these materials, the results can be disastrous. White fillings are more complicated to apply than metal amalgam fillings and they can fail or cause a reaction with your tooth structure if the resin is not carefully applied.
Choose your Lowell cosmetic dentist wisely
Likewise, many general dentists are learning to do only the Lumineers brand of porcelain dental veneers because they are marketed as being easier to apply and requiring no advance preparation. Experienced cosmetic dentists know that these ultra-thin veneers are not right for every patient. A cosmetic dentist who is truly qualified will be able to discuss the intricate details of individual smile design and offer a range of options for placement of porcelain veneers.
Don’t take chances with costly and time-consuming dental procedures. Choose a qualified dentist first and choose one with the training and experience to stand behind his or her work.