February 9, 2023
With the advancements in dental technology, getting the smile of your dreams is more possible now than ever! There are so many cosmetic dentistry options, from veneers to professional teeth whitening. You have finally taken the first step toward those picture-perfect pearly whites by scheduling a consultation. To make the most out of your visit, here are four questions to ask your dentist to help you on your exciting journey toward a radiant smile.
#1. What Are Your Qualifications and Experience?
It is important to feel comfortable with your dentist, both personally and professionally. Ask them about themselves; this will help you to gain insight into their personality and their qualifications. You can ask about where they received their doctorate in dentistry, as well as how many years of experience they have. Being a part of dental associations, like the American Dental Association (ADA), shows that they adhere to high standards and stay up to date on current practices. In addition, you can ask about their continuing education hours. If your dentist has accomplished many special trainings and seminars, these are great signs your cosmetic dentist is highly qualified.
#2. Which Cosmetic Treatment Do You Recommend?
After you have shared with your dentist your smile goals and needs, they will conduct a thorough exam. It is important to assess your current oral health so that any issues can be addressed prior to treatment. For example, any stage of gum disease would need to be cared for before receiving a cosmetic procedure like teeth whitening. Based on their findings, they will recommend and formulate a personalized plan for you. Ask about the pros and cons of your option, its durability, the success rate, and a preview of potential results. Your dentist will want you to feel completely confident in the recommended treatment!
#3. How Long Will My Treatment Take?
Considering the amount of time treatment will require is important before giving your full commitment to your improved smile. Ask about the detailed steps of the procedure and how long it will take from the first appointment to the final result. Some treatments, like professional in-house teeth whitening, can be completed in one hour while others may take several appointments. After you are aware of how much time will be necessary to accomplish your goal, you can commit to the treatment when it best suits your schedule.
#4. What Is the Estimated Cost of the Treatment?
Being aware of the cost allows you to carefully plan how you will finance your new pearly whites. You will want to ask about the total cost and possible payment options. If it’s a minimally invasive procedure, you can consider paying by cash or credit card. If the treatment is more extensive, you can discuss financing options with your dental office.
You are now equipped for your consultation with your cosmetic dentist. By being prepared with questions beforehand, you will be even closer to your bright, beaming smile!
About the Author
Dr. Natalya Nagornaya and her team at Countryside Dental keep the smiles of Buffalo Grove healthy and beautiful! She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and is an active member of several dental associations, including the American Dental Association. With over two decades of experience, she offers a full range of comprehensive services, including cosmetic dentistry. To schedule a consultation, contact her through her website or call (847) 634-2525.
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