Monday, May 11, 2015


The American Dental Association says cosmetic dentistry is not a dental specialty, so anyone can call themselves a Cosmetic Dentist in the US.  Even the 3 Stooges could have - 

In the US - cosmetic dentistry is not an American Dental Association (ADA) recognized specialty and any dentist can purchase a dental whitening machine, double their prices overnight and call themselves a 'Cosmetic Dentist.' Some join cosmetic dentist associations and hang their membership certificates on their salon wall for added credibility. 

Virtually anyone can join some of these cosmetic dental associations. Dental students, dental lab technicians, dental suppliers, general dentists and even the 3 Stooges would be welcome so long as they paid the membership fee. 

Consumer protection laws in the US have not caught on to the cosmetic dentistry gimmick that many general dentists in the US use to promote themselves with.  How can they be charged with misrepresentation when cosmetic dentistry does not exist as a specialty field in the eyes of the American Dental Association?

You don't always know what you are going to get when you see a cosmetic dentist in the States... because there are not any ADA recognized certification boards, dental college advanced degrees or standards for the field.

True cosmetic dentistry as found in many countries outside the USA can involve dental implantology, periodontics, endondontics and other fields with an emphasis on aesthetics as well as functionality. 

In the US a general dentist is not permitted to perform implants or crowns unless they have graduated from the appropriate dental specialist school. But they can (and do) call themselves cosmetic dentists with carefree abandon because the specialty per the ADA - does not exist.

In Mexico general dentists are permitted to learn advanced dentistry such as dental implants, oral surgery etc. at the patients expense and peril. (Read that again).  No dentist anywhere, any place,  on either side of the border can call themselves Board Certified unless they are without risking the loss of their license. Board certification is your best guarantee that you will be getting a professional who is fully trained, tested and accredited for the specific procedures you need.

To become a certified cosmetic dentist In Mexico, one has to attend a dental specialist college for another 2 years beyond the 4 years of basic dental college (and 1 year public service in a government clinic).

Board Certification comes after graduating from dental specialist college and taking the Board exams - written, lab demonstrative and oral. Less than 1% of dentists are Board Certified. They are the best of the best and the ones you want when you go on your dental vacation abroad.

Best of all, board certified dentists often cost the same as far-less trained general dentists in Mexico and elsewhere offshore. That's due to the increased competition from all the un-certified dentists attempting complicated dentistry by winging it.  That's a good deal for the patient so long as they end up in a board certified dentists chair.

Mexican dental horror stories are true. And usually caused by general dentists attempting procedures they have no business doing. It used to be that way in the US before the advent of stronger consumer protection laws regulating dentists. 

Board Certified Dentists Internationale CDI helps with referrals, estimates  and dental travel information without cost to patients and features top certified dentists in Mexico, Asia and Europe.

Board Certified Dentists Internationale' is the outgrowth of the recent merger of the Mexico City Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association and the Board Certified Asia Dental Association in Manila.


By David Mandich 

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