One would think that finding the best cosmetic dentistry in Los Angeles would be a simple matter; after all, the field of cosmetic dentistry was an outgrowth of the film industry, which has for the better part of a century been LA’s primary raison d’être.
In fact, finding a qualified cosmetic dentist, or prosthodontist, is not that easy – but it is easy to make mistakes and wind up with poor results. In fact, according to an article in the 29 June 2004 issue of the Wall Street Journal, a whole new dental specialty is dedicated to correcting the mistakes of other dentists who attempted to do cosmetic procedures for which they had no training or experience.
Sam Muslin DDS MAGD has been recognized as the Best Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist for 2009 by LA’s Best.
The corporations that manufacture products such as “Lumineers” or “Teeth in an Hour” provide weekend seminars for general dentists in which they get some minimal instruction on how to use the product; afterwards, they are given a certificate by the company which entitles them to advertise themselves as a “Lumineers” Dentist.
While there is nothing specifically wrong with these companies’ products, the fact is that there is much more to cosmetic dentistry than can be learned in a single weekend. The various techniques and procedures employed in the best cosmetic dentistry in Los Angeles requires years of study and training beyond the basic degree in General Dentistry. This training represents a tremendous investment not only of time, but of money as well; therefore, and dentist who aspires to be a prosthodontist must be very passionate about such work. They require the analytical and observational skills of a scientist, to be sure – however, unlike practitioners of general dentistry, prosthodontists must also have a strong artistic sense. General dentists are trained to make teeth clean and healthy, not beautiful.
Another difference between a general dentist and a prosthodontist is their response to patient feedback. Initially, all dentists are trained to trust their professional judgment when treating patients. This works very well when it comes to basic dental care such as cleaning, filling cavities and such. However, when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, the patient’s wishes must be taken into consideration. The ability to listen to a patient’s desires and plan a course of treatment accordingly is a good indication that the professional is providing best cosmetic dentistry in Los Angeles.