How Do I Choose The Best Cosmetic Dentist?

The Woodlands and Houston, TX

This is a very common question for people to ask. Trying to search for and choose the best available cosmetic dentist can seem like an overwhelming or intimidating task for many people. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be! Here are some general guidelines and simple suggestions that should help streamline the process and help ensure that you end up with the best possible results.

One of the first things that you should consider when searching for a cosmetic dentist is their experience. You should look for an experienced dentist who specializes in the field of cosmetic dentistry and has made that the primary scope of their practice for many years. This is important since many general dentists can easily claim to specialize in cosmetic or restorative dentistry, when in reality that is not where their expertise is based.

Additionally, you should look at what specific qualifications a dentist has before choosing them to perform your cosmetic dental work. Dental school typically doesn’t teach advanced cosmetic dental procedures and techniques. This is why it is crucial that you select a cosmetic dentist who has undergone extensive post-graduate training specifically for cosmetic dentistry. You should ask what specific credentials they hold, including professional affiliations, accreditations, fellowships, and advanced training. One of the most notable credentials a cosmetic dentist can hold is a fellowship from the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced Dental Studies, which is the premier authority on post-graduate cosmetic dentistry training. Dr. Scott Young is the only LVI fellow in The Woodlands, TX and also holds fellowship status with the American Dental Implant Association (ADIA).

One of the most important times to help make your decision to choose the best possible cosmetic dentist for you is during your initial consultation and visit. When speaking with the dentist, they should foster an open sense of communication with you that allows you to share what exactly you want to change about your smile. The dentist should be able to offer you multiple treatment options while still suggesting what they feel your ideal treatment should be. It is during this consultation that the dentist should make you feel comfortable with them and confident that they will be able to give the new smile that you deserve. Another key point that should be remembered after a consultation is that you shouldn’t base your treatment plan entirely on cost and insurance constraints. This is why you should choose a cosmetic dentist that will be able to give you the highest quality results, as opposed to selecting a dentist based solely on price and ending up with poor results that end up requiring additional dental work.

During your first visit, it is also important to take note of the dentist’s facility. It should be a place that makes you feel comfortable, welcomed, and relaxed. The office should also have a convenient location and hours for you, along with the ability to work around your schedule to offer the most convenient experience possible. It is also important to consider the other members of the dental team, since their team should make you feel welcomed, comfortable, and be as accommodating as possible.

You should also inquire about the ceramist that a dentist partners with, since not all teeth are created equal. Not only does the ideal cosmetic dentist need to have an artistic eye and the ability to essentially be an architect that can design an entirely new smile for you, but they also need to have a top-rated ceramist to provide them with the best possible crowns and veneers in a timely manner. Make sure to ask that if they use a ceramist who custom sculpts each tooth by hand to be a near perfect match for the rest of your teeth, as opposed to using a ceramist who simply selects from a catalog of pre-made veneers and crowns.

A good cosmetic dentist should also be able to provide you with several before and after photos of examples of their previous work. They should be able to show many examples of how they have successfully performed procedures similar to what you will specifically be having done, not just a handful of generic veneer cases that they may have performed. More importantly, they need to provide you with before and after cases of their ACTUAL patients, NOT just a purchased collection of cases that shows the type of work they do. A good cosmetic dentist should design new smiles for people every day, and therefore have plenty of outstanding results to showcase for you.

If a cosmetic dentist truly does deliver outstanding results, then it should be readily supported by their other patients. An outstanding cosmetic dentist should be able to provide you with testimonials from previous and current patients, including both video and written patient testimonials on their website. Additionally, you should consult online dental review websites to see how a potential new dentist is rated by their previous patients. You should ideally select a cosmetic dentist who has received several online reviews, not just a few. Some reputable online dental review sites where you can find reviews for a dentist are: HealthGrades, RealSelf, and DoctorOogle. But one of the best ways of getting referred to a new cosmetic dentist is still by someone who is an existing patient and trusts the dentist enough to give you the word of mouth recommendation.

If you are searching for the right cosmetic dentist that will be the best match for you, or are simply considering getting cosmetic dental work done, please feel free to contact the office Dr. Scott Young at Woodlands Dentistry in The Woodlands, TX. Scott Young, D.D.S and his team at Woodlands Dentistry serve The Woodlands, Houston, Conroe, and Kingwood TX areas.