The cosmetic dentist you choose is a very important first step in the process of creating a new you. A smile makeover will have dramatic results on your overall appearance, and a life changing effect on your confidence and self-esteem.
To choose a Vancouver cosmetic dentist you trust is no easy task, and don’t let just anyone try their hand at improving your smile. If you choose an expert, your self-assurance will improve by leaps and bounds.
Most cosmetic dentists offer a consultation to meet with you, and discuss your expectations. If you have found a dentist that meets your criteria, ask some questions, and listen carefully to the treatment plan.
Discuss costs and a schedules; most importantly make sure you feel comfortable and confident in the dentist’s office and presence. The American Dental Association does not consider cosmetic dentistry as a specialty, and any dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist.
Ensure that you choose a real cosmetic dentistry specialist. These professionals stay a step ahead by keeping informed on trends and the latest technology, techniques and benefits to their patients.
When you are looking for a cosmetic dentist keep the following in mind:
• Training: Cosmetic dentists qualify in postgraduate courses, and learn techniques such as how to fit porcelain veneers. Be bold, and ask your dentist about his or her cosmetic dentistry skills. For example, does he or she have experience with procedures like Invisalign™, or all-white restorations?
• Options of Payment: Medical insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic dentistry. If necessary, find out if your dentist takes credit cards or offers a payment plan.
• Scheduling: Find out about the office hours of your dentist and if it will suit your schedule. Will the same dentist treat your whole family?
• Location: Smile makeovers will require multiple visits. Is the dentist in your area or on-route to your work or home?
• Time Requirements: How many visits will it take to get your smile makeover done? If your dentist is going away in the time period needed, will this affect you?
• Anesthesia and Technology: Ask your prospective dentist about the technology he or she uses in the procedures such as laser treatment, digital x-rays, etc.
• Comfort: Do you feel at ease in the dentist’s office and presence? Do you feel comfortable to ask questions, and trust the answers you get?
• Real Cases: A cosmetic dentist with experience would gladly show you an album or online gallery of real before and after photos taken of patients he or she has done makeovers for. Ask to be shown cases resembling yours.
• Previews: Can the cosmetic dentist show you digital images of the predicted outcome beforehand for you to decide if you are happy with what he or she has in mind? This is important, because you might think the dentist knows what you want, but they might not.
Get the facts, and don’t make a hasty decision. Most of all don’t feel forced to use a dentist you don’t feel comfortable with. If they have all the right qualifications, and can make you smile then you know they are right for you.