How to Select a Cosmetic Dentist
Choosing a cosmetic dentist is a very important task. Oddly, however, many people put more time into looking for the right home or car than they do in looking for the right doctor or dentist. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist, there are certain factors that should be considered when conducting your search. After doing a thorough search for a cosmetic dentist, we hope you feel confident that you have made the right choice by visiting the website of our Plano cosmetic dentist.
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Most people will use a search engine such as Google to find cosmetic dentists in their area. When you type your phrase into the search bar, you want to be clear. For instance, if you type in “dentist plano,” you will get a lot of hits; however, if you tweak your search to something more manageable, such as, “cosmetic dentist plano,“ you will get a much more focused list of cosmetic dentists in your city. Begin your selection of a new cosmetic dentist by examining some of the websites for dentists in your area. Many people prefer seeing photos of their prospective dental provider as this makes the dentist seem human and personable.
Many websites provide short videos of the dentist and his staff in action. These videos will give you an idea of the dentist’s demeanor and personality, and it will also let you get a clear picture of what the dreaded dentist’s chair looks like and how the office looks. Some people choose a cosmetic dentist based on the office environment. A warm, comfortable and professional setting usually puts patients at ease right away.
You can also check the dentists’ website for testimonials or before and after photo galleries. Most dental websites today have before and after photos of actual patients who have had teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, dental bridges and other cosmetic dental procedures. By seeing the actual results, you can view the dentist’s handiwork before having any work performed on your own mouth. By reading patient testimonials you can find out about the level of service and care provided by the dentist and his or her team.
Once you have selected a cosmetic dentist, you will schedule your first appointment, which is typically a consultation to assess your cosmetic dental needs and to discuss various treatment options. Some cosmetic dentists offer a no-cost consultation. A free consultation gives you the opportunity to make a judgment about the dentist without having to spend any money. Here are some questions you may want ask to in a consultation with a cosmetic dentist:
- How many times have you performed the treatment I am going to have?
- What will the result be?
- May I see before and after photos of this treatment?
- How much will it cost?
- Will it be painful? If so, how is pain treated/managed?
- Do you offer sedation dentistry?
After viewing prospective dentists’ websites and meeting with them to discuss your dental concerns, you should have a pretty good idea if that particular dentist is right for you. Just as you would not settle for a car you are not happy with or a home you don’t love, please don’t settle for a dentist. Take your time, do your homework and carefully select the dentist that will be transforming your smile into the dazzling one you have always wanted.
Our Plano cosmetic dental office is now accepting new patients. Please contact us today to schedule a complimentary, confidential consultation so we may assess your dental needs and get started on your treatment plan right away. You are under no obligation to us; we just want to show you how dazzling your smile can actually be.
More Questions to Ask:
Does your dentist care about you? I mean, REALLY care about you – like family?
Establishing rewarding and lasting relationships with our patients is important to us here at Dr. McDonald’s dental practice. We pledge excellence in all that we do, and we look forward to helping you make the most of your smile now and for many years to come. The comfort and satisfaction of our patients is of tremendous importance. We want to impress upon our patients that, in this dental office, the patient comes first. We encourage open communication between our patients and our staff.
Make sure you choose a dentist that does the same.
It takes four years for an undergraduate degree and another 4 years for a dental degree. This however is really just the beginning of a dentist’s journey! What happens from here is what really determines the competency of your dentist.
Ask your potential dentist about his/her continuing education. This is where you will find the dentist that matches your needs. If you have minimal dental needs then most dentists will be good candidates for you. If you have more extensive, possibly complex dental needs then look for advanced, hands-on training type courses.
Dr. Edwin McDonald has spent many years taking primarily hands-on advanced care training to deal with anything from making fillings look like natural enamel to replacing missing teeth with dental implants to full mouth Bioesthetic Rejuvenations. We are ready to help you – whatever your needs!
Okay – so talk is cheap – right? Anyone can buy a book of sample dentistry showing before-and-after photographs. Ask your potential dentist to show you pictures of his/her work – take a look at their actual results. All the pictures you see on our website, in our photo books and on the walls of our office are our patients – please feel free to ask about any of them.
Our dental team in this state-of-the-art office is well versed in all areas of dentistry. We offer gentle, modern, diagnostic, preventative, restorative, reconstructive, and cosmetic dental techniques that provide for the maintenance, restoration or replacement of your natural teeth – All done in a way that is comfortable, safe and absolutely pain-free.
“It’s our clients – citizens of Plano, that demand more from their dental team than ever before. We’re here to satisfy that expectation and make it an enjoyable one! That’s why people like you choose to make us the Dental Home for themselves and their families; and why they confidently recommend us to their friends.”
Dr. Edwin A. McDonald – Your Dentist and Partner in Oral Health