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6 Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

June 9, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlindsey @ 9:21 pm
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According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, cosmetic procedures have grown by over 200% in recent years! With a camera in our pocket at all times and an ever-present awareness of our appearance, more and more people are opting to give their smile an upgrade. With a quick Google search, you are immediately flooded with hundreds of dental offices near you. But how do you know which one is a good fit for you? Read on for six tips for choosing the best cosmetic dentist in Ft. Collins.

Tip #1: Ask for Referrals

The best place to start is by asking your family and friends. Previous clients have a unique insight into what your experience could be like if you followed their treatment path. Whether they give you glowing recommendations or a disastrous story, it will give you a good place to start your research!

Tip #2: Check Their Experience

Many dental offices offer cosmetic dentistry, but how much of their practice is devoted to it? What credentials and awards have they received? How many years have they been in practice? The answer to each of these questions can provide you valuable insight into their experience.

Tip #3: Pick a Convenient Office Location

Throughout the treatment process, you will likely have multiple visits before, during, and after your procedure. To save you gas and time, consider picking an office that is conveniently located around your home or office. That way, you can get the services you need without having to drive all across town to get it!

Tip #4: Look at Before and After Photos

You know what they say, “The proof is in the pudding.” Whether you are looking to undergo a teeth whitening treatment or create a whole new smile with porcelain veneers, before and after pictures can be incredibly helpful. To help you get a better insight, make sure to look at photos of patients who have a similar smile or dental issue as you. This will help manage your expectations and give you a look at what your “after” picture will look like.

Tip #5: Have Questions Prepared for Your Consultation

To ensure that you are as prepared as possible, write down a list of questions you have regarding the treatment. Here are five questions to help you get started:

  • How long does the treatment process take?
  • What is the healing process like?
  • Are there payment plans available?
  • What complications can arise from this procedure?
  • Is there anything else I should be aware of before moving forward (i.e., food restrictions, changes to your oral care, etc.)?

Tip #6: Consider Their Personality   

Between consultations, treatment visits, and follow-up appointments, the amount of time you spend with your dentist and their team adds up. Therefore, you must choose a cosmetic dentist who is friendly, professional, and makes you feel well cared for. This will ensure that your experience is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible!

Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, you can achieve your smile goals in just a few visits! By using the above tips, you can find the best cosmetic dentist for you and have a picture-perfect smile in no time.

About the Author

Dr. Shiloh Lindsey graduated as the valedictorian at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry in 1999! In addition to being a member of multiple reputable organizations, including the American Dental Association, Dr. Lindsey has been voted one of “America’s Best Dentists” for the past 19 years! If you would like to have a smile makeover in Ft. Collins, visit her website or give her a call at 970-482-3166.

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