It sure seems easy enough to find a general dentist for routine procedures. Cosmetic dentistry is catching on as a staple makeover addition, though. You’re probably familiar with smile makeovers, combination treatments which enhance your teeth’s current appearance and health. Newer methods offer more options, and now you don’t have to worry if you have missing front teeth or if your jaw’s alignment is askew. There’s a dental procedure which can fix and maintain your oral health even if you spent the past year neglecting it.
Your first (and only) challenge is finding the right cosmetic dentist. To be sure, there should be plenty of dentists out there advertising their skill and expertise, but you still have to evaluate their capabilities and clinics before you entrust your money and your health in their hands.
Note Your Cosmetic Dentist’s Specialization
Specialization is the first criteria you should look for in a cosmetic dentist. Even though general dentists are capable of some of the procedures in cosmetic dentistry, the latter is always evolving and requires updated skills and training. A smile makeover may involve something as simple as teeth whitening, to a full-mouth reconstruction which fixes tooth and jaw alignment and replaces missing or damaged teeth. Your cosmetic dentist should be updated with the latest methods, and should be part of a credible accrediting organization. Accreditation frees you from the involved background checks, ensures your treatment is undertaken by an experienced, skilled practitioner.
Do Your Comparison-Shopping Online
If website information is any indication of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, then the prospects of smile makeovers are promising indeed. Some of the best cosmetic dentists also offer their services online, since they’re out to get clientele who pay for the privilege of healthier teeth, not patients aching (pun intended) to have a root canal or filling.
Online sites are more assertive with the sales pitch, but it won’t hurt you to consider service and call their offices for confirmation. Half-truths do exist online, but at least you’ll scout a few clinics with the equipment and treatments you’re looking for.
Flesh out the Details with a Consultation
It’ll all boil down to your first consultation. Schedule an appointment with the clinic and have a sit-down with your dentist. You have a right to ask for credentials, especially the ones which indicate your dentist’s current capabilities. Is he updated and enthusiastic about the latest technologies, or he still pushing for outdated, yet satisfactory techniques?
Continuing education is an indication of growth, so ask your dentist for participation in seminars and trainings, those that exceed the requirements of state laws and dental boards. Your dentist should be willing to offer all options available to you, in ways that your interests and finances can relate to.
Your first consultation should end with you having a good impression of your dentist. Aside from the equipment and ideal clinical environment, you’ll also have to consider if your dentist is sensitive to your needs. Are your comforts fully considered, with options for anesthetics and alternative treatments offered?
Ask for references of previous patients and contact them for confirmation of service. Your cosmetic dentist doesn’t have to know all the available techniques to be good, but skill and specialization will matter in the long run. You’re paying out of your own pocket (often without dental insurance coverage), so make sure your investment pays off with lasting benefits.