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Selecting the Right Cosmetic Dentist | Annapolis

Selecting the Right Cosmetic Dentist is the Key to Your Smile Makeover

Annapolis, Maryland – Thanks to the blitz of reality television makeover programs and direct-to-consumer marketing of teeth whitening products, consumer awareness of cosmetic dentistry has reached an all-time high. With so many options available to consumers to improve their smiles, it is now more important than ever for patients to ask their dentist about their experience in performing cosmetic procedures.

“Any patient considering a ‘smile makeover’ should ask their dentist about the education in cosmetic dental procedures that the doctor has undergone,” said American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Finlay of Annapolis, Maryland. “A great indicator to know if your dentist focuses on cosmetic procedures is whether he or she is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  The American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry now provides the gold standard in measuring the talents of a qualified cosmetic dentist via the accreditation credentialing process.”

AACD Recommendations When Seeking a Cosmetic Dentist
In order to make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry, the AACD recommends that you ask for the following items before undergoing treatment. As is the case when undergoing any dental treatment, please consult with your dentist to find out which procedure is right for you.

Before and After Photos – Examine the dentist’s treatment results on other patients to make sure their work fits your dental needs.

References – Get a sense from other patients as to what type of quality care the dentist provides.

Continuing Education – Be certain that your dentist is an active AACD member and has taken continuing education courses to keep up-to-date with the latest techniques in clinical cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Scott Finlay is an accredited member dentist with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and practices in Arnold, Maryland.  Information about Dr. Finlay and his practice can be found at