What to Look for in a Cosmetic Dentist
Do you love your smile? While we hope the answer is a confident ‘yes’, the fact is that many people feel insecure with regard to their smile for one reason or another. We want all of our patients to feel great about the way their smile looks when out in public, which is why we are proud to offer cosmetic dentistry services. If you would like to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry available at Lakeside Dental, please contact us right away for more information.
There are many different services which can be included under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry. Basically, anything that can lead to a better, brighter smile can be considered to have a cosmetic component. Of course, it is often the case that regular dental care will overlap with cosmetic care, as the procedure could lead to an improved smile while also solving a practical problem in the mouth. From teeth whitening and dental bonding to implants and crowns, there is a long list of dental services which can be considered cosmetic.
When you decide that you would like to have work completed by a cosmetic dentist1, the next step is to decide which dentist is going to do the job. The content below is going to touch on a few points to keep in mind as you consider your options.
It Starts with Experience
This one probably goes without saying. When you are going to trust a dentist to do work with the intention of improving your smile, you want to make sure that the dentist has the necessary experience to get the job done right. While some cosmetic dentistry tasks are relatively straightforward, others are more complex. You don’t want to get into the process of having your work done only to learn that the dentist you have selected doesn’t have the experience needed to do specific parts of the job properly. Make the choice to work with an experienced dentist – like those at Lakeside Dental – and put your mind at ease.
Have a Plan
When speaking with a dentist with regard to your cosmetic desires, make sure the dentist is able to present you with a plan for your care. Sure, teeth whitening2 is a great place to start in many cases, but is that where it will end? Are there any other procedures which the dentist would recommend? A good cosmetic dentist will be happy to go over various options with you until a plan is put in place.
You might be surprised to find just how much having a plan for your care will help to put your mind at ease. It’s easy to be anxious about any kind of dental work, and that anxious feeling may get even worse when you don’t know exactly how your care is going to proceed. Once you agree on a plan with your dentist to improve your smile, some of those feelings may fade and you will feel more prepared to get started.
While it would be great to be able to think only about improving your smile when working with a dentist, the fact of the matter is that the cost of the care is important as well. Be sure to have a clear understanding of the costs associated with the various options available to you so that piece of the puzzle can be weighed when making your decision. You certainly don’t want to pick a cosmetic dentist on cost alone – opting for a particularly cheap dentist could be asking for trouble – but it would be a mistake to ignore this element entirely. As with any big decision you make in life, taking all factors into consideration is the right way to go.
A Good Relationship
One of the often-underrated elements of picking a dentist is the relationship that you have with the individual when you meet for the first time. Do you feel comfortable with this person? Is this dentist someone you can trust with the important job of improving your smile? At Lakeside Dental, we work hard to build relationships with all of our patients, as we know this is a key component to quality care. Remember, it is you that is in charge of this process, and you should select someone who you believe has the right personality, experience, knowledge, and more to take care of you successfully.
It might be nice to be able to pause the rest of your life while taking care of dental matters, but obviously, that is just not possible. You will have to keep up with all of your day-to-day responsibilities, so you want to find a dentist which has a conveniently located office for your needs. While you might not be able to pick an office which is close to your home or place of employment, you can at least sort through your options to pick a location that isn’t going to be a huge inconvenience.
At some point, your choice of a cosmetic dentist may come down to nothing more than a gut feeling that you have found the right dentist for your needs. It’s great to weigh all of the measurable factors, and those are important, but there is also something to be said for feeling that you have found the right office – for whatever reason that may be. You are going to be the one sitting in the chair having work done on your teeth and mouth, so feeling deep down that you have made the right choice is an important factor.
Thank you for taking a moment to stop by our blog. At Lakeside Dental, we provide cosmetic dental services, along with many other services to help our patients with all of their oral health care needs. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist at the moment, we would appreciate your consideration. Please contact us with any questions you may have, and we look forward to serving you!