I live more than 100 miles from your office. I’m looking for a cosmetic dentist that is closer to home. I would like new crowns, but I’ve had trouble in the past with dentists who can’t get my bite or the crown color right. I don’t want to have five consultations and x-rays from each dentist. My time is limited, and I would like to narrow my choices at home before scheduling appointments during the pandemic. Will you please give me some tips on what to look for in a cosmetic dentist? Thanks, Claude
Thanks for your inquiry. Yes, we have some suggestions. There is a lot of information online about dentists and their practices.
1. Check patient reviews
Look for online reviews about the dentist. You can check Google My Business pages, Yelp, and Facebook reviews. You can type a dentist’s name, followed by the word reviews to find other sources.
2. Look for the dentist’s website and a smile gallery
An accomplished cosmetic dentist has a website. Read the doctor’s bio to learn about their training, experience, continuing education, and experience. Look for credentials or membership with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. Also, look for a smile gallery of the dentist’s patients and before-and-after photos of the dentist’s work. Look for current pictures with cases like yours.
3. Schedule a complimentary visit
Most cosmetic dentists offer a complimentary consultation. Tell the scheduler that you want to see the office, meet the dentist, and talk about treatment options. Many dental practices will schedule five or ten minutes with the dentist or staff and talk about your smile goals. You will have an opportunity to decide if you would feel comfortable at the dental practice. Visit at least two cosmetic dentists before you choose a provider.