If you are trying to decide on the right cosmetic dentist for you, it’s important to take your time and find one you can really trust.

Here’s a step-by-step procedure to finding the best cosmetic dentist for you.

Ask Around

Start by asking friends and family that you know have had great dental work about their dentist. If they had a good experience, they’ll be happy to recommend them. It’s also worth mentioning to other close friends and family that you’re looking to have cosmetic dentistry done. In many cases, you may not know who’s had work done–some dentists produce results that good.

If you think your regular dentist will give you a good recommendation without trying to push their own services too strongly, ask them for a recommendation. Many general dentists know they’re not cosmetic dentists, but they know who is!

Look Online

dreamstime_16066808Once you’ve gotten some recommendations for potential cosmetic dentists, it’s time to go online and look at the websites of dentists you’ve been recommended. In addition, a search for cosmetic dentists in the Irvine area will give you a few more options.

When you look at a dentist’s website, there are a few things you want to look at. First, check to make sure they really are a cosmetic dentist who offers the procedure you’re considering, such as porcelain veneers or dental implants. Next, check the website to learn about the dentist’s qualifications and experience. Finally, and most importantly, look at the dentist’s smile gallery to see before and after pictures of previous patients. If you don’t like the look of their results, they’re not for you.

Read online reviews–don’t just look at star ratings! Don’t be swayed by just a single really good or really bad review–try to evaluate the overall tone of reviews, and pay attention to things that many people say about the dentist–these are most likely to be tree.

Pick the three best candidates.

Meet in Person

Next, you should schedule appointments with the three top cosmetic dentists on your list. Talk to them about your concerns and goals. See how well they listen to you. Then listen to their recommendations and see how well you like them. Confirm their qualifications from the website. Talk about their experience and ask if they have any more before and after pictures to share. If you think you like a dentist that you don’t have a personal recommendation for, ask to talk to previous patients. A good dentist will normally have multiple patients who would be happy to talk to you about their experience.

Make a Decision

Once you’ve met with your three best candidates, decide which is the best for you. You want to go with a dentist that you can put your full trust in–if none of the cosmetic dentists meet that condition, then it’s best to start your search over. Picking a poor cosmetic dentist can lead to a worse looking smile than you have now.

At Rice Dentistry, we are confident that if you compare our cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Rice with anyone in Irvine, Orange County, or the state of California, you will see what makes him stand apart. Please call (949) 551-5902 today for an appointment with Dr. Rice.