There are so many changes in the dental field these days that it makes any cosmetic dentistry that you need to have done so much more available to you. Almost any work that you need done are available to you. Insurance companies typically don’t cover these cosmetic procedures, but it’s worth it to see if the procedure that you want done, might be covered. Sometimes if these procedures are necessary in order to save a tooth or other teeth, they may accept the claim. The time it takes go have a full consultation on the changes that you would like to have done, is worth the effort to visit a cosmetic dentist. Then you know exactly where you are at and can decide what you want to do. You can start with what you can afford and take it a step at a time. Many times the dentist will work with you on your payment options. But that can all be discussed with your initial consultation. The dental office can call your insurance company to find out what they will cover. Some of the treatments available to you are veneers, dental implants, dental crowns, whitening procedures, and more. Some people may want a smile makeover which can take in all of these procedures and more. They may need full mouth reconstruction which can involve correcting the bite, muscle, teeth and bone structure. But it can be done and all aesthetic problems can be taken care of. You can decide which treatments will work for you.
There is a checklist that you should consider before picking a cosmetic dentist. You should ask as many questions as you want and they should be able to get to know you too. While the dentist should explain each treatment option in detail, including benefits and drawbacks, it’s important for you to tell him your expectations and what you are looking for. Some of the questions that you should ask are these:
- When you called for a consultation, how did the person on the phone treat you?
- Where you able to get into the office in a timely manner?
- What is the cosmetic dentist’s educational background?
- How many years has he/she been in practice?
- Does the dentist carry malpractice insurance?
- What are the dentist’s additional education and training? What are his accreditations in cosmetic dentistry?
- Are before and after photos available for the type of procedure that you are wanting?
- May you contact a patient who has had your type of procedure?
- Are there terms and financing available?
- Do they take the insurance that you carry?
- Does the dentist use modern diagnostic and treatment technology?
- Does the dentist employ the most skilled technical laboratories and highest quality materials to fabricate your dental restorations?
- How long does the dentist warranty the dental work?
You should never feel shy about asking these questions. You could even make up a checklist with these questions on it and give it to them to fill out at your consultation.