If you’ve been searching for a cosmetic dentist to upgrade your smile, repair years of damage or neglect, or just give you that pearly white beaming smile you’ve always hoped for, you’ve probably discovered that it’s nowhere near as simple or as straightforward as you had hoped it would be.
In fact, if we are downright honest about this process, it can be a bit of a nightmare.
For one thing, you may be in an area where there are only two or three different cosmetic dentists willing to take on new patients – leaving you stuck between a rock and a hard place, and really limiting your options. Instead of being able to search for the very best cosmetic dentist in the area you will be making a binary decision, one that might not be in your best interests.
But that might not even be the problem that you face – you may have so many different cosmetic dentists in your local area that the choice is still next to impossible to make, if only because so many of them are promising the moon and the stars when it comes to results.
Like we said, it’s a bit of a nightmare and more than enough to make anyone’s head spin.
Thankfully, when you pay close attention to the insider information below, you won’t have to worry about making any mistakes or missteps when it’s time to choose your new cosmetic dentist. Shall we jump right in?
Speak with your primary dentist before searching for a cosmetic one.
Before you even think about having any cosmetic dental work done, you’re going to want to speak with your general or primary dentist to get a feel for the types of procedures that would make the most sense for you moving forward.
The dentist that gives you regular checkups, cleanings, and takes care of the “heavy lifting” of maintaining your teeth is going to have a better idea about the health and well-being of your smile than anyone else.
They’ll be able to point you in the right direction when you’re looking to have cosmetic work done, while at the same time recommend to you high quality professionals in the local area that can be trusted with your new smile.
On top of that, they’ll also be able to provide your cosmetic dentist with all kinds of oral records about your teeth so that the cosmetic procedure is pulled off without any real risk whatsoever.
Look for referrals from your friends, family members, and anyone else in your social circle.
The second thing that you’re going to want to do is speak with anyone and everyone in your life that has had cosmetic dental surgery performed in the past, if only to get a bit of insider information from these people that you wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.
Your friends, your family members, your coworkers, and anyone else in your extended social circle is going to have your best interests at heart. They aren’t going to be worried about funneling you to the most expensive cosmetic surgeon, the cosmetic surgeon that does an “okay job”, or someone that they wouldn’t return to – they are going to give you the unvarnished truth about their experience to hopefully give you a bit of a leg up when it comes time to make your decision.
These referrals are worth their weight in gold, and you’d have to be at least a little bit crazy to ignore them. This is especially true if the people in your life that have had cosmetic dental surgery performed in the past have gotten the same kind of procedures that you are looking to have done.
Google is going to be your best friend when researching cosmetic dentistry options.
Obviously, the Internet is an incredible resource that you will want to take advantage of when it comes time to research all of your cosmetic dentistry options in your local area (and beyond).
Spending just a couple of hours a week with Google can give you all kinds of answers to this process that you have been curious about, all while controlling the pace of your search and narrowing it down to the things that you are interested in learning about.
Google is also going to provide you with a list of all the cosmetic dentists in your local area, allowing you to pick and choose from amongst the very best of the bunch. You should be able to find reviews and testimonials about each of these services from real-life patients that have had work done from these dentists, giving you a better idea as to who you can trust, who you should look into further, and who you should ignore!
Narrow your list of contenders down to just three before moving forward with a consultation
When you are dealing with all kinds of cosmetic dentist options, you’re going to want to do your very best to narrow the list down to three (and only three) top contenders. This is especially important if you are feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices that you have access to, as it’s physically impossible – and completely draining – to try and research any more than five or six different services.
By limiting your search down to just the top three in your area, you are going to be able to focus the bulk of your time on the very best of the best – and you’ll also be able to give each of these services a more in-depth profile.
On top of that, when you’re down to just three cosmetic dental services you should be able to set up 100% free consultations with each of the top contenders. This will allow you to see their facilities first hand, interact with the dentists and the dental support teams to see how professional they are, and ask any of the pressing questions that you have on your mind.
This kind of insider information and in-depth look is invaluable, and will make your decision making process a lot easier!