It is important to know the qualifications and experience of the treating cosmetic dentist. The term “cosmetic dentistry” has become trendy and many dentists are promoting themselves as cosmetic dentists. At this time, cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty (like orthodontics, for example). However, it is a discipline of dentistry that requires a thorough knowledge of science and an artistic eye. Ask your cosmetic dentist about his or her training, credentials, and experience in this area. A very effective way to understand your dentist’s skills is asking to see their portfolio of before and after photographs. Dentists who are dedicated to the art of cosmetic dentistry always take photographs of their cases.