Choosing a cosmetic dentist can be a very tiring process. Googling the phrase ‘cosmetic dentist’ will bring hundreds, if not thousands or millions in your search results. I just did a search on this phrase as I write this article and it gave me 1,870,000 results.
Google already determines your area, so it filters out the cosmetic dentists that are not in your region. Deciding which one is for you is another matter. I have listed a few criteria that you can follow in making your mind up on your cosmetic dentist.
Here is the checklist:
Does she explain everything that you need to know about porcelain veneers?
Cosmetic dentistry is almost tantamount to porcelain veneers. Having porcelain veneers entails many things to consider such as how your original teeth will be sculpted allowing porcelain shells of teeth to be attached to them. Also, deciding on the tone, translucency, characterization, surface anatomy, and the like is a big task to be done if you want to transform your smile. Your dentist should be able to lay down the cards on the table by explaining the whole process clearly.
Check out ‘Three Things to Consider in Getting Porcelain Veneers.’
Does she listen to your concerns and does she answer all of your questions?
Your dentist should share the responsibility with you in making decisions especially if the outcome will mostly affect you. There are decisions to be made. For your full satisfaction, you should not leave everything to the hands of the dentist. Your dentist will appreciate the fact that you are involved in the whole procedure. Voice your opinion if there is something that you want to change. Cosmetic dentists always have a ‘try-in’ where the freshly lab-processed porcelain shells are fitted to your teeth, but they are not glued on yet. Your cosmetic dentist should welcome questions and opinions that will help you achieve the result that you want.
Is she flexible and open?
Your cosmetic dentist should be willing to spend time with you. Having a smile makeover is a big deal and you do not want a dentist who is in a hurry in finishing your case. The more the dentist takes it slow, the better. Usually the slow process only happens in the beginning, but once the big factors to be decided on are out of the way, the rest of the procedure will go quicker.
Check out an interview with a cosmetic dentist.
Does she have a friendly staff?
If you decided to have porcelain veneers, you will be coming back to your dentist’s office more than once. The whole process takes an average of a month to complete depending on the size of the case. Therefore, you should be able to have a good time while you are in the dental office. It greatly helps if the staff is super accommodating and friendly. This will make your trip to the dentist more fun.
Does she have a comfortable and relaxing environment?
You are going to spend long hours in the dental office, so it is important to be entertained while you are going through the treatment. Magazines, music, movies and the like are essentials. This will increase your comfort level to soothe your senses while going through the drilling.
Does she have financing?
Even though you may have the cash to pay for your smile makeover, it comes in handy to have some financing, provided you have a good credit score.
Check out Healthy Smiles Dental Office in Sherman Oaks, California.
Getting a good cosmetic dentist is like looking for a needle in a haystack, but once you find one, it is like a rare gem. Good luck!