Today, dentistry is so much more than in the past. Once focused solely on your oral health care, the field of cosmetic dental treatments is growing in popularity. Many offices are equipped to handle a variety of procedures and their staff is trained to deliver the best results possible. If you are looking for a cosmetic treatment, there are a couple of ways you can start.
What most people don’t know is that the best place to start is with your own dentist. Yours probably has the tools, technology, and experience to handle a variety of cosmetic procedures. At your next cleaning and consultation, you can ask them about what they have to offer and what they would recommend. You can also call the office and speak with an administrator or schedule a consultation with the office.
The demand for cosmetic treatments is so high that many regular general practitioners will augment their practice by offering elective procedures, such as teeth whitening, veneers, and others. You can also ask if they provide treatments with cosmetic aesthetics in mind, such as natural-colored cavity filling materials. This option is the best since you already have worked with and you trust your own dentist.
When it comes to cost, however, you may want to shop around. Cosmetic dentistry, like cosmetic or plastic surgery, is not covered by insurance. Although most people are producing the same results with the same procedures, there can be a great deal of differences in price. Just like shopping at any store, sometimes you’re paying for something more. There are some high-end offices where you’re paying for state-of-the-art amenities, such as flat screen TVs or luxuriously furnished waiting areas. Other offices are more practical and simply offer high quality results in clean and safe office environments. The best way to start is by comparing the differences between the office that you normally visit and other locations. From there, you can get an idea of whether you can save money with a given location or not.
For most people seeking out a cosmetic dentist, they’re simply looking to improve their smile. For those looking to restore their smile, it’s best to seek out a restorative specialist. These practitioners have extensive knowledge of more complex procedures such as dental implants, orthodontics, or veneers. These procedures require more in-depth knowledge and training. Because these are longer, more extensive restoration projects, you will require several appointments before a smile transformation is complete.
When you take the first step and talk to your own dentist, don’t be surprised to discover that they can help you with just about anything! Many are talented in a variety of fields. If you truly require a specialist, he or she can also refer you to a colleague they know and trust.