Avoid The 9 Biggest Mistakes When Getting a Smile Makeover
1. Is your dentist a specialist in cosmetic dentistry?
If you are considering a smile makeover you will want to choose your dentist carefully. There are many general dentists who will gladly perform a cosmetic dentistry procedure- yet, that doesn’t mean you will get the results you are looking for. Many dentists also call themselves ‘specialists’ but lack the proper training and education that truly make them a legitimate specialist. The only specialty recognized by the American Dental Association which involves restoring teeth with veneers, crowns, and implants is the specialty of Prosthodontics. ‘Cosmetic dentist,’ ‘LVI dentist’ and other titles are simply illegitimate and meaningless because they are not recognized by the American Dental Association. Elite Dentistry’s Dr Kaar is a Prosthdondist- the only specialist who deals in Prosthodontics which involves cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures.
So…be sure and ask the dentist you choose about their qualifications….is he just a general dentist or specialist in performing cosmetic dentistry procedures?
2. What additional training has your dentist received?
There are two very distinct ways dentists learn advanced restorative procedures-those who have three years of post-graduate training, or those who take courses over a few weekends time. And then, of course, there are those dentists who have no additional training.
Upon learning of your dentist’s qualifications you need to ask yourself…which one would you rather have performing your dental procedure?
At Elite Dentistry, Dr. Kaar has undergone 3 years of extensive training after graduating from dental school to become a Prosthodontist. Unfortunately, less than 2% of all dentists are Prosthodontists and only 0.5% are board certified. Although many dentists have a sincere desire to help their patients in the area of cosmetic dentistry; the fact is, that cosmetic dentistry has not been a part of the dental school curriculum for a vast majority of dentists in practice today. This lack of knowledge and experience in this particular area of dentistry can result in mistakes during cosmetic procedures- undeniably at the expense of the patient. Post-graduate training is much more extensive than a weekend course and it not only gives the dentist the experience and expertise they’ll need to prevent common mistakes, but it also allows them to perform cosmetic dentistry procedures with a higher degree of efficiency and competency.
So…You’ll need to ask what type of special training your dentist has attained that makes him qualified to perform a cosmetic dentistry procedure.
3. Does your dentist have a full service dental laboratory in his office or will he be outsourcing your case to an outside dental laboratory for the fabrication of your restorations?
There is nothing more reassuring to a dental patient than knowing your specialist will perform your cosmetic procedure in the same office where your restoration will be created. Clear communication between the two is paramount to your procedure being a success. At Elite Dentistry we have a full service dental lab on our premises equipped with state-of-the-art dentistry equipment, so the entire procedure is completed under the control and supervision of your cosmetic dentistry specialist. Our technicians are artists in their own rights. With years of experience and continuous training, they are some of the best dental laboratory technicians in the area. Their presence at the office allows for customized restorations to be made for you, including precise custom shading. Other dental offices will generally have your restoration created at an outside laboratory. Unfortunately, this results in little or no supervision during the creation of the restoration and in many cases, they can even end up being fabricated in China or Mexico. Having the fabrication of your implants, veneers or other restorations outsourced can lead to poor quality, as well as questionable materials used in the process.
So…You’ll need to ask where your restorations will be made and make certain they are created in an in-house lab on the premises of your dentist’s office.
4. Does your dental office offer a variety of sedation options?
Millions of people have a fear of going to the dentist. Some people actually never seek the dental care they need and others stop going altogether because of an unpleasant experience they have had in the past. What many of these people don’t realize is…not receiving the proper dental care can put your overall health and well-being at risk. At Elite Dentistry, we understand that sitting in a dentist chair can be a stressful experience for our patients. We offer a variety of sedation methods for your procedure- from light nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to oral and IV sedation. This allows our specialist to perform your procedure with optimal comfort to the patient.
So…You will want to ask about all the forms of sedation offered, along with the safety for administering each one.
5. Is cosmetic dentistry a routine procedure for your dentist?
Your dentist’s office should be set up to routinely perform cosmetic dentistry- if it is not, your dentist won’t be able to effectively perform cosmetic dentistry procedures. Unlike many of the other dental practices, Elite Dentistry has a specialist on site who can routinely provide cosmetic dentistry along with other restorative procedures on a regular basis.
So…you will need to ask if your dentist’s office is set up to routinely perform cosmetic dentistry and how often their specialist performs restorative procedures.
6. Are latest technological advancements used in your cosmetic dentistry procedure?
Our cosmetic dentistry procedures are performed with the latest state-of-the-art technological advancements in the dental profession. Our dentists are not just merely dentists; they are specialists who are recognized by the American Dental Association. Our dental practice is also committed to investing in, and utilizing, the most advanced technology in every aspect relating to every cosmetic procedure we provide.
So…You will want to know what type of equipment and materials will be used in creating your restorations…is the latest technology used? Do they use safe non-toxic materials?
7.Does your dental office offer financial arrangements and payment polices
Unfortunately, many dental offices provide limited options in making your treatment affordable. Cosmetic dentistry is a worthwhile investment in an individual’s health and overall well being. Financial considerations should never be an obstacle to attaining this important health service. Being sensitive to the fact that people have different needs in fulfilling their financial obligations, we provide a number of financial arrangement options.
The cost of any dental treatments or procedures we provide will always be privately discussed in detail with you, along with your payment options, during your initial consultation so there will never be any surprises when your procedure begins.
1- We accept most kinds of dental insurance carriers, and in our effort to alleviate the stress out of filling out insurance forms, we file the insurance paperwork on your behalf.
2- Because of our expertise in being able to provide treatments efficiently and having on-site lab we are able to offer lower prices. With the combination of excellent dentistry and low prices, you receive unbeatable value.
3- Our goal is not to let the expense of your dental procedure prevent you from benefiting from the quality of care you desire and need. To facilitate this goal, we offer our patients a variety of financial options.
We Accept: -Cash -Check -All major credit cards -We also offer patient financing on approved credit with up to 12 months interest free payments or extended low interest payment plans.
So…you will want to know exactly what your options are for payment before you agree to and begin any dental procedure and what the final cost to you will be.
8. Are flexible appointments available?
Many dental offices are open only on certain days and with limited hours. We provide flexible appointments by being open from 7 am to 7 pm. We have a tranquil and inviting reception area, with comfortable seating. We understand our patient’s time is valuable and strive to make appointments that are convenient. Upon your arrival for your scheduled time, we do our very best to see each patient within five minutes after they check in at reception.
So…considering the busy life you lead- you will want to know the hours of your dental office, as well as the flexibility is scheduling appointments at your convenience.
9. Does the dental office stand behind the treatments they provide and procedures they perform?
Often, patients receive restorations they are not completely satisfied with or tend to have problems shortly after completion. At Elite Dentistry we are so confident in the dental services we provide. we have a 100% money back promise policy and offer warranties on all restorative treatments.
So…You will want to have confirmation that your satisfaction is a priority and ask if your specialist stands behind his work providing warranties on your restorations.