I’m wondering if cosmetic family dentists can be trusted. I need a cosmetic dentist but I also need a family dentist for my 2 kids. If we can all go to the same place it would save me a lot of time. I now work full time, so I’m limited in how much time I can take for my own dental appointments and the kids’ appointments. After we relocated, I’m a 2 hour drive from our former dentists. I used to have my own dentist and the kids had theirs. Ideally I would like to find one person for both of our needs. What I need is crowns or porcelain veneers. Of course the dentist also needs to be good with kids. As I’m asking you this question I’m beginning to wonder if I have an unrealistic request. I really want quality work, so can I trust cosmetic family dentistry or does my family need 2 different dentists? Thanks. Zia
Zia – You can find a great cosmetic dentist who is also a family dentist, but it will take some research. What do you look for? Three keys are listed below.
A Family Dentist with Cosmetic Dentistry Training
Ensure your cosmetic family dentist has post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry. Any dentist can claim to have cosmetic dentistry skills, but your porcelain veneers or crowns should look natural. Look for specific details that show the dentists training and interest in the art. What are the clues?
· Membership or accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
· Post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry
· Yearly, continuing education in aesthetic dentistry
· Ask to see before-and-after photos of the dentist’s work
Experience with Children
Some family dentists don’t have a lot of experience with children. Ensure that the dentist has multiple patients who are your children’s ages. Ask about the percentage of child patients in the practice. If the dentist doesn’t regularly see children, the office might not be kid friendly, and your children probably won’t be comfortable there.
Dental visits can be enjoyable for you and your children if your cosmetic family dentist has good chairside manner. He or she should be friendly and personable, and a good communicator with adults and children. How will you know that before you have an appointment?
· Schedule a consultation with the cosmetic family dentist.
· Take your children with you to the consultation.
· Ask neighbors, co-workers, or other acquaintances for a recommendation.
· Look for online reviews.
It’s important not to compromise on any of the factors that make a good choice for a cosmetic family dentist. If the dentist you choose isn’t skilled in cosmetic dentistry, you’ll regret letting him or her restore your smile.
If the dentist isn’t patient with children or doesn’t really like treating them, dental visits will be unpleasant for them. You can end up looking for a new dentist again.
Make a list of the things that matter most to you in choosing a cosmetic family dentist. Be realistic and carefully decide if you have really found the right dentist to meet your entire family’s needs.
This post is sponsored by the San Jose dentists of Hillsdale Dental Care.