Top celebrities like actors and rock stars turn to top dentists in cosmetic dentistry to give them that perfect smile. You, too, can sport a celebrity smile with the help of your local cosmetic dentists. The demand for the perfect smile has led to an increase in cosmetic dentists. How can you narrow down the choices?
Always schedule a consultation before agreeing to any dental procedures, even teeth whitening. In this way, you can discover if this is the right cosmetic dentist for you. Here are some things to keep in mind during your consultation.
Ask for Credentials
Some fields of dentistry cosmetic included can be legally practiced without accreditation. However, the best cosmetics dentists have taken the time and expense to get proper accreditation. The best cosmetics dentists will have accreditation from nationally recognized dental groups such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists.
Insist on references from former patients. It’s now becoming standard practice for cosmetic dentists to ask patients if they are willing to be references. It’s not rude to ask for references. Ask your regular dentist what cosmetic dentist he or she can recommend or refer you to. Also ask how the dentist keeps up with the latest in dentistry.
You will be spending a lot of time and money at a cosmetic dentist. You need to feel comfortable in the office and while talking to the dentist and to staff. The best dentists listen to you and try not to talk over you. They will present you with a range of options to choose from. The staff will also be willing to help you with any insurance paperwork, if applicable.
You should always be treated with respect. Staff should be willing to help you from finding the bathroom to giving you directions to the office.
Dr. Stephen Coates
3303 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803