1. Ask for referrals from your friends and family
They are the best source of referrals for any of cosmetic needs because they actually had the work done. You can check visually with your own eyes if their smiles have improved or not. You can then check their websites for before and after pictures, and even schedule a initial consultation with them whether you want to move forward with cosmetic dental work.
2. View the pictures of their work
Many dentists like to keep a record of their work in their database in files. You can ask the dentists if they can show their portfolio of the works done for their patients. You can then better be able to communicate with the dentists what you want to achieve cosmetically.
3. The use of DSLR camera
In order to efficiently communicate with the lab, dentists need to use a high end digital camera to discuss the hue, saturation, and brightness of the teeth. With better images, dentists and lab technicians can observe minute details of the teeth in order to create crowns or veneers that is satisfied by patients. While handheld cell phone camera may provide decent images, it can not beat the DSLR cameras.
4. Be prepared and learn to talk about the dental materials
There are many different approach and materials to cosmetic dentistry. While the dentists may be able to answer any questions you may have, it is best you get your preliminary consultation with good knowledge about cosmetic dentistry. Try to gather some basic knowledge about cosmetic dentistry on the web, so you may be able to discuss confidently with the dentist what you want to achieve.
5. Good lab
Make sure that the dentist is using a good lab that is located in the united states. Materials that are made in china may not have the same quality as the crowns made in the USA. A good communication is crucial to create esthetic work that is beautiful.