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How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist – Lakeway, TX

Five Factors to Keep in Mind

If you are trying to change the way your smile looks, you might be thinking that just any dentist is eligible for the job. However, just because a dentist says they can perform cosmetic dentistry doesn’t necessarily make it so. There is no specialized education or degree dedicated to cosmetic dentistry, which means any dentist can say they provide teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, direct bonding, or another service, even if they have no experience. As you begin your search for the right cosmetic dentist, keep these factors in mind or call our office directly to ask any questions!

Relevant Training

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If a cosmetic dentist is properly trained, they will have taken additional courses outside of their traditional schooling in order to perform certain treatments. This may include porcelain veneers, direct bonding, Invisalign, or another similar treatment. Don’t be afraid to ask the dentist directly about this training. They should be more than happy to discuss their credentials in more detail.

Payment and Warranty

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It’s very common for dental insurance to not cover any form of cosmetic dentistry. If you rely on dental insurance to pay for your dental treatments often, it’s important to note if the dentist allows other options to finance your next smile makeover. This may be through programs like CareCredit, which help you pay for treatments in monthly installments, often with little or zero interest attached.

In some cases, dentists are willing to offer warranties on their cosmetic work. This way, if anything goes wrong and you followed all steps of our treatment plan (i.e. a restoration falls off), they’ll repair/replace your restoration for free.

Scheduling and Location

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While some cosmetic treatments can be done in a single appointment, others may require additional visits to complete. If you plan on getting a full smile makeover done, it’s very likely that you’ll need several appointments to get your smile looking the way you want. Make sure you know your dentist’s operating hours as well as their location. If they don’t fit within your schedule or getting to the office is too difficult, is that going to be the office you want to rely on for cosmetic dentistry?

Services and Portfolio

A patient receiving direct bonding treatment.

Depending on the type of dental issue you’re trying to resolve, you may require a specific treatment. Additionally, if you want to receive a procedure that is more affordable, you’ll want to make sure that the service is offered (i.e. direct bonding vs. porcelain veneers.)

As you get to know the dentist, they should also be willing to show off previous examples of their work in order to give you confidence in your future treatment. If they don’t have any samples on-hand, take a look at their reviews and look for patients who received cosmetic dentistry.