When looking for a dentist, especially a cosmetic dentist, there is a lot of apprehension and research that goes into the process. There are also a number of things that have to be considered when picking the dentist that is right for you, including price, experience, demeanor, technology utilized, and even the little things like the in-office amenities.
Beverly Hills is an area that is full of dentists claiming to be a “Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist”, but only a handful truly have the expertise or experience to give you everything you want. The good news is, most of the dentists in the area have well-equipped offices, comfortable, if not luxurious, offices, and some sort of specialty. However, the great dividing line here is how much experience and what procedures can the dentist do him or herself. A good dentist will help you figure out what procedures are right for you and never try to ‘overtreat’. While dentists are among the most trusted professionals in America according to a Gallup poll — there is still some unease about whether or not some dentists overtreat. This is something you should always discuss with your dentist and stand your ground about what procedures, especially cosmetic, you want. If you feel uncomfortable or are unsure, do not be afraid to get a second opinion from another dentist before you make a decision.
Many people feel self-conscious about some aspect of their smile or have had some sort of injury or accident which has affect the appearance of their teeth. The primary consumers of cosmetic dentistry are the millions of Americans have broken, crooked, chipped, missing, or otherwise damaged teeth. While there are patients who have had elective work to improve their smiles, many patients receive cosmetic dentistry to restore both the appearance and functionality of their smile and teeth. Having a beautiful smile (and it doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect!) is really a great asset to you and your life.
Okay, I’m ready to see what a cosmetic dentist can do for me…
When you choose your dentist, the most important factors to take into account are:
- How much experience do they have? Many dentists have been around for decades, and more experienced dentists are far more likely to have case studies and previous patients that have had procedures similar to the ones you are going to undertake.
- What are their specialties? This goes in with experience, more experienced dentists will have more specialties. Depending on what you want or need, you should likely find a dentist that specializes in what you do and has had many cases like the procedure you want.
- How much do they cost? Beware of dentists that offer extremely low prices – it may seem good at the time, but your teeth are an investment that you should take very seriously. On the other hand, if their prices are exorbitant, it might be good to look elsewhere as well.
- Are their patients happy with the work a year, five years, ten years later?
A Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can do a lot for you. Many patients who undergo cosmetic procedures, whether elective or medically necessary, feel an improvement in their self-esteem from the betterment of their appearance. This can lead to other improvements in their lives, such as other improvements in their lifestyle. Due to the recovery time of some procedures, some patients of cosmetic dentists quit smoking and other detrimental habits such as snuff and chewing tobacco. This can lead to an overall improvement of their health. Patients who are also comfortable with their smiles tend to use them more, which in turn has a number of positive social and psychological benefits such as improved mood and decreased blood pressure. A trip to the cosmetic dentist can do so much more for you than improve your appearance, fix a chipped tooth, or replace a missing tooth. It can improve your entire well-being.
Consider your next trip to the dentist an investment in yourself and a step towards improving your life. This is really what a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can do for you. If you are nervous about the dentist, a good cosmetic dentist will have techniques to keep you calm, ease your fears, and ensure that you get the proper treatment, the first time, every time.