How to Choose a Dentist

What you need to consider when trying to choose the dentist that is right for you:

1. Affiliation

Make sure that the dentist is a member of a well-known international dental organization. Members of these types of organizations usually participate in a number of continuing education programs where they learn about the latest discoveries, materials, and techniques in the field of dentistry, which enables them to provide their patients with exclusive treatment.

2. Education

Keep in mind that dental schools do not teach most of the cosmetic procedures or the latest methods, nor can these be learned by just reading textbooks. It is a good idea to ask about which postgraduate programs your dentist has taken.

3. Experience

All serious dentists take pictures of their cases so that they can later evaluate the end results. Ask your dentist to show you some of these cases so that you can see if the outcome of their treatment matches your expectations.

4. Personalized Approach

A good dentist will always treat patients on a case-by-case basis after carefully analyzing the shape of their patient’s face, smile, lips and teeth.

5. Consultation

Communication and trust between a doctor and patient are the keys to successful and aesthetically-pleasing treatment with long-term success. Prior to any treatments, a qualified dentist will discuss with you your specific needs and wishes, will allow you to ask all of your questions, and will go over what to expect in terms of procedures, results, and payment. This includes evaluating your photos and x-ray results, as well as discussing any current dental complaints and the options that are available to resolve them. In more complex cases it may be necessary to create a diagnostic wax-up (i.e., a cast or an impression of your tooth or teeth) that allows your dentist to determine the best way to restore them. You should also be given a treatment and payment plan that should map out as accurately as possible the stages of treatment in order to achieve the best results.

6. Technology and Equipment

Dentists who use state-of-the-art equipment and materials are also more likely to use the most contemporary methods and techniques in order to achieve the best results. Ask to take a quick look around the clinic so that you can get familiar with the equipment that your dentist uses.

7. Dental Laboratory

Ask your dentist about which dental lab they work with. If they are a specialist, they will be happy to tell you all about the materials, devices, and equipment that they use, as well as the dental technicians that they collaborate with. Dentists who value quality work will only collaborate with highly qualified dental technicians.

8. Price

It is a mistake to choose a dentist strictly based on how much they charge. Don’t fall for cheap dental treatments – most likely the materials, equipment, and dental technicians used by these dentists will be of much lower quality.

9. Guarantee

Maintaining optimal health is an ongoing process that takes place throughout your entire life and can only be achieved through trust and building a relationship with your dentist. An experienced dentist with proven experience and skill is certain that they will provide you with the best possible treatment and will always stand behind their work by guaranteeing its quality.

10. Time and Convenience

Well-rounded dental clinics offer their patients many types of conveniences like coffee, tea, or other beverages, as well as soft pillows and blankets in order to make sure their stay in the dental chair is as comfortable as possible.

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