I live 70 miles from your office. I am looking for a cosmetic dentist that is closer to home. I do not 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, especially since I have a weak immune system and the pandemic is not quite over. I am interested in teeth whitening and dental bonding. And I may need a veneer for one tooth. Will you please give me tips on what to look for in a cosmetic dentist? Thanks, Vanya
Thanks for your inquiry. There is a lot of information online about dentists and their practices. Yes, we have suggestions.
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. Look for credentials or membership with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. Read the doctor’s bio to learn about their training, experience, continuing education, and experience. 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.
David Finley, DDS, a Monroe, Louisiana dentist, sponsors this post. Dr. Finley is an accredited Fellow of cosmetic dentistry.