What to Look For in a Cosmetic Dentist?

by Kevin Smith Author

Finding a qualified, competent dentist to do cosmetic dentistry can be a challenge because cosmetic dentistry is not recognized as a formal specialty in most cases. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) does not recognize it as a specialty, which automatically means finding a qualified cosmetic dentistry specialist can be very time-consuming. If you are looking for a specialist in advanced cosmetic dentistry in Houston, TX, here is what to look for and insist upon before making any decisions.


General dentistry requires a lot of training and specialized skills and there is a lot of overlap with cosmetic dentistry, but a cosmetic dentist has additional training that sets them apart. Specifically, they are trained to perform the duties of a prosthodontist, which specialize in reconstructive dentistry. A general dentist can specialize in reconstructive or cosmetic dentistry, but they have to have at least 2 years of ADA esthetically oriented accredited programs and training. Some dentists lack the formal training but will perform certain cosmetic procedures. Ensuring your dentist is a trained prosthodontist is a must first step for all but the most basic cosmetic procedures (teeth whitening).


Because cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty, inquiring about what your insurance company will cover is a wise idea. There may be ways of getting your procedure covered or alternatives you could consider that would be covered. Asking your insurance customer service representative what your insurer will cover is one way of ensuring you do not have to foot the entire bill for the procedure you want.

Check Before and After References

Dr. Nick of The Simpsons is a quack surgeon who shows up every time Homer or Bart need some “emergency surgery.” While he will promise they will come out ok, he will never ensure that they will be healed or introduce them to some other patient references. That should be a red flag to the Simpsons and it should be to you if your cosmetic dentist does not willingly point you to some people who sing their praises. Also, you should check to see if any complaints have been filed against your cosmetic dentist and what those complaints are.

Finding a competent cosmetic dentist can be a chore and a process. Part of that is also figuring out what your insurance will cover. Follow these three guidelines to help you navigate your way to find advanced cosmetic dentistry in Houston, TX.

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