Cosmetic dentistry can change your whole life, giving you the confidence you never thought you would have. But you shouldn’t take all titles of ‘cosmetic dentists’ the same. It is important to do your research and know what to look for in a qualified cosmetic dentist. When placing your smile in the hands of another you want to be confident that you are receiving the best possible care.

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If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you might be considering cosmetic dentistry in Southlake. If that’s the case, it’s important to choose your cosmetic dentist with care. Nothing will make more of a difference to your satisfaction with cosmetic dentistry than your choice of a cosmetic dentist. You are trusting a dentist to make potentially lifelong alterations to your teeth. It’s worth it to take the time to carefully choose the right dentist.

So how do you choose the best cosmetic dentist for you in Southlake, TX? Follow these steps and you will find the cosmetic dentist who can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. 

 Do an Internet Search

You want to have several potential cosmetic dentists to choose from at this stage. Ideally five or more, but at least three.

However, you should do an Internet search even if you have enough candidates. Search each of the names you were given, using the word “dentist” to help you focus on results relevant to the person you’re considering. (“Cosmetic dentist” is an informal description, not an official title, and might not be helpful at this stage.)

You should find the dentist’s website, and hopefully some other results. Pay attention to these other results. In some cases, you might find a red flag that cautions you against a dentist, like disciplinary action or several disgruntled patients. More often, though, you’ll find positive results that help you decide between dentists. Community involvement, charity work, scholarly publication, graduations, and awards can all help you decide who is the best cosmetic dentist for you.

Check Credentials and Continuing Education

Once you’ve found a dentist’s website, check their credentials and continuing education. Every dentist should have a dental degree, but those focused on cosmetic dentistry should have additional certifications and credentials from schools and programs focused on cosmetic dentistry. They should also be members of professional societies focused on cosmetic dentistry. Schools such as LVI (Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies) and organizations such as IAPA (International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics) are good examples.

Sometimes dentists will promote the number of hours of continuing education that they do. However, what really matters is when dentists add significant skills to their practice. Look for logos related to specific cosmetic procedures, as well as advanced technologies that are evidence of skills gained after dental school.

You can also get a sense of how important cosmetic dentistry is to a dentist by seeing how much priority they give it on their website. 

Schedule Consultations

After evaluating cosmetic dentists’ credentials, continuing education, and websites, it’s time to schedule consultations with your top choices. Most cosmetic dentists offer free initial consultations, so it only costs you time to talk to multiple dentists. Schedule consultations with at least two and preferably three or more cosmetic dentists.

Ask How Much of Their Practice Is Cosmetic

When you get to your consultation with a cosmetic dentist, talk to them about your cosmetic concerns and goals. The dentist may propose solutions and/or may give you a background on themselves and their practice. After asking questions about the dentist’s background and proposal, ask them how much of their practice is cosmetic.

Many general dentists will do a cosmetic procedure now and again when they can, but if you want quality results, it’s safest to go with a dentist who practices cosmetic dentistry all the time and therefore has extensive experience in the procedures.

Evaluate Before-and-After Photos

You should already have seen before-and-after photos on a dentist’s website. However, these are often only a small selection of the ones they have taken, so you should ask to see more in the office. It’s especially important to ask this if a dentist has few pictures on their site or all the ones there are old. Make sure to ask for pictures that are like your case or demonstrate the procedures the dentist wants to perform on you.

You should be suspicious if a dentist claims to do a lot of cosmetic dentistry but has few before-and-after photos. 

Ask to Speak to Previous Patients

After looking at before-and-after photos, ask to talk to some previous patients. Cosmetic dentistry can be a life-changing experience, and cosmetic dentists who do good work typically have patients who are happy to talk about the treatment they received and the results they achieved.

While many patients value their privacy, be suspicious of a dentist who can’t refer you to even one patient who will speak well of them. Then make sure to call the references. 

Choose the Cosmetic Dentist That Makes You Comfortable

Once you’ve collected all this information about cosmetic dentists, consider which ones make you comfortable. You should have confidence in these dentists to treat you safely and achieve the results you’re looking for.

If none of the dentists give you confidence, it’s time to start over at the beginning. If more than one dentist makes you comfortable, and you can’t decide between them, proceed to the next step. 

Consider Location and Cost

Finally, consider the cosmetic dentist’s location and the cost of their proposals. Only use these factors as a final deciding factor. Cosmetic dentistry has costs and benefits that can’t be measured in money, and those are the most important factors to consider.

But if you have two or more dentists who give you full confidence in their abilities, cost can be a tiebreaker.

Consider the dentists’ locations at this point, as well. Travel time is part of the cost. Remember that you might need to make multiple trips to finish your procedure.

Once you’ve identified which of the dentists gives you the best value for your money, it’s time to contact them and schedule an appointment. 

Looking for a Cosmetic Dentist in Southlake, TX?

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Southlake, TX, consider StarImage Dentistry. Our cosmetic dentist can help you achieve the results you’re looking for, whether it’s the smile of your dreams or the smile of your youth.

Please call (817) 587-4566 or use our contact form to schedule an appointment.