How to find and interview the Right Cosmetic Dentist

June 16, 2016, Matt Comfort DDS

Matt Comfort DDS
Matt Comfort DDS
There are a number of ways to select a Cosmetic Dentist, some good, some bad. Follow these guidelines for a happy smile.

How to find and interview the Right Cosmetic Dentist

There are a number of ways to select a Cosmetic Dentist, some good, some bad. Mentioned below are some of the ideal ways that will help you select yours!

The Best Way:

The most ideal way to select your cosmetic dentist is to put in some legwork. Do not be in a hurry; this is a decision that could last a lifetime. Interview at least two or three cosmetic dentists and ask to see before and after pictures of their work. Be sure that you like the results. Do all of the patient’s teeth look the same? Do they look natural or do they look like a mouth full of Chiclets? How does the shape of the teeth blend in with the patient’s face?  Ask the Dentist to show you examples of various shapes of teeth. You also need to be certain that you communicate well with the dentist and that he understands what you want. Get answers to all the questions that you have on your checklist.

Where did the dentist get his cosmetic training? True cosmetic dentistry is not taught in dental school. The Dentist should have attended a postgraduate program such as The Las Vegas institute for Advanced Dental Studies. These programs make the dentists bring in actual patients to work on. They are not just a weekend lecture course on how to do veneers. Most importantly, make sure that the dentist takes the time to explain everything to you and answers all your queries. Once you are through this, you can make a well informed and rational decision. Anyone who refers you to a cosmetic dentist has far less at stake in the outcome than you do. Thus, it is up to you to take responsibility of finding the best doctor.

1.     A recommendation from your family doctor. This can be a starting point, but remember, your primary doctor is probably pretty busy. He does not usually have time to evaluate a bunch of different cosmetic dentists. He may know a couple of different dentists who practice cosmetic dentistry, but these may not necessarily be the best in town. 

2.      A referral from a patient who has a personal experience with a cosmetic dentist. If you like the results, he/she may be worth checking into. Find out about the doctor’s education and postgraduate training.

3.     A recommendation from an aesthetician or hair stylist. These people are in the business of appearance and style management. They know who has had what done and probably have seen both, the good and the bad in your town. This can actually be a pretty good starting point for your search.

4.     The yellow pages will have a list of dentists in your town; keep in mind that the size and quality of the ad are not an indication of the quality of the work. Be very careful about using this as your starting point.

The Interview

Some things to remember when you go in for a consultation:

1.     Try to relax. You are only going for a consultation! You are under no obligation to undertake any treatment, whatsoever. Tell the dentist about what you are looking for. Listen to what he has to say.

2.     Remember, you are hiring the dentist, not the other way around. Be sure that he answers all of your questions.

3.     Go to your consultation with pictures of the smiles that you like. Not every smile can be duplicated on every patient, but it will give the cosmetic dentist some idea onto what direction you wish to go. Be sure to let him know what it is about your smile that you dislike. Listen to what he has to say about your smile

What you want to accomplish at the consultation:

1.     Get as much information as you can about the recommended procedure. What will be done; veneers? Crowns? Implants? bridges? Teeth Whitening? What can be improved upon? What can the dentist not improve? What are the possible complications? What are the costs? Will you be able to exit right after the procedure? If you feel that the doctor is not answering your questions or comes across as if you are wasting his time, move on to the next one. It is the cosmetic dentists job to make sure you are educated about the procedure and that he answers all your queries.

2.     How good is the cosmetic dentist? Look at the before and after photos of his patients who have been under similar situations. This is one way of determining how good his work is. Some Cosmetic Dentists use stock photos of patients who are not their own. If the dentist will not show you photos, it is probably a good idea to go elsewhere.

3.     If you like what you see, but are still unsure, ask the dentist if you can contact some of his cosmetic patients that have undergone similar treatments. Most good cosmetic dentist will be happy to arrange this for you.

Cosmetic Dentists are just like any other professional. Some are very good while others are not. Pictures of the Dentist’s work are the best evidence of the Dentist’s skill-set. You would not hire someone to remodel your house without seeing samples of their work first. A great cosmetic dentist sees beyond the teeth, looking at the whole person. For more information on cosmetic dentistry, check out Matt Comfort DDS, a Cosmetic Dentist in Roseville California.



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