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Choosing a New Cosmetic Dentist

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Whether you are new to the area or you are leaving your previous dental office for whatever reason, finding a new cosmetic dentist can be a bit of a hassle. The good news is that if you do a bit of homework before choosing, you will most likely end up with a great dentist without having to drive all over town interviewing the potential candidates. If you have found yourself in the position of needing to find a new dentist, here are some steps you should take.

Let Your Fingers Do the Walking

This used to be a slogan for using the yellow pages (business listings) out of the telephone directory, but nowadays, you would be using your fingers on your laptop or your smartphone. Google the name of your town plus “cosmetic dentist,” and a list should pop up. Sometimes, you’ll be able to see reviews right from the Google search page; other times, you’ll need to hunt a bit, using sites like Yelp or looking for the office’s Facebook page. Read the reviews, taking into consideration that most offices will have an unhappy patient or two. Just look for trends — do most patients say that the office ran on time, that the dentist was attentive to their needs, and that the staff was competent? That one might be worth checking into.

Call Your Dental Insurance Company

Depending on the type of insurance you have, you might be limited to certain dentists in your area. Sometimes, choosing an out-of-network provider will result in a slightly higher out-of-pocket expense, and other times, choosing someone outside the network will mean that you will have to foot the whole bill. It’s important to understand which type of plan you have. If your insurance won’t pay for cosmetic procedures and you are not going to be having your routine work done at that office anyway, then this is a moot point.

Schedule a New Patient Consultation

Once you have narrowed down your search to one or two dentists, go ahead and schedule new patient consultations. This is particularly important for a cosmetic dentist, because you want to be sure that he or she will be able to help you achieve the smile that you’re hoping to get. Go in with a list of features that you’d like to change about your teeth and see what the dentist says. This visit also allows you to check out the office, make sure it’s clean, talk to the office staff and let the dentist know about any concerns you may have. If all seems well, go ahead and book the appointments you’ll need to complete your treatment plan.

Finding a new cosmetic dentist can be a bit nerve-wracking, but once you find the office that’s perfect for you, you will have no regrets. If you are interested in a consultation with our office, please call today to schedule one!

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