I live more than 100 miles from your office but need a dentist to take over my porcelain veneers case. I had several visits with a dentist, but I am afraid to let him prepare my teeth. I saw some of his patients’ photos during my first visit with him, and I am getting increasingly skeptical. I think it is wise to switch dentists. I’m looking for a cosmetic dentist that is closer to home. I don’t want to have five consultations and x-rays from each dentist. My time is limited, and I want to narrow my home choices. Will you please give me tips on what to look for in a cosmetic dentist? Thanks, Gene
Thanks for your inquiry. Yes, we have some suggestions. There is a lot of information online about dentists and their practices.
1. Check patient reviews
Look for online reviews about the dentist. You can check Google Business, Yelp, and Facebook reviews to find a nearby cosmetic dentist. However, avoid choosing a dentist based on their location only. You can type a dentist’s name and the word reviews to find other sources.
2. Look for the dentist’s website and a smile gallery
An accomplished cosmetic dentist has a website. Look for credentials or membership with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. Read the doctor’s bio to learn about their training, experience, continuing education, and experience. Also, look for a smile gallery of the dentist’s patients and porcelain veneers before-and-after photos. Look for current pictures of cases like yours.
3. Schedule a complimentary visit
Most cosmetic dentists offer a complimentary consultation. Visit at least two cosmetic dentists before you choose a provider. Tell the scheduler that you want to see the office, meet the dentist, and discuss treatment options.
Prepare any questions you may have about the process, including the following:
- Veneers cost
- Veneers complications and risks
- Veneers recovery time
- Veneers maintenance time
Many dental practices will schedule five or ten minutes with the dentist or staff to discuss your smile goals. You will have an opportunity to decide if you would feel comfortable at the dental practice. Read our post for more tips on how to get porcelain veneers without regrets.