Do you have stained, cracked, crooked, or otherwise imperfect teeth that prevent you from smiling confidently? You’re not alone. In fact, nearly 50% of U.S. adults have untagged themselves from a picture on Facebook because they didn’t like the way their smiles looked. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve your dream smile – if you pick the right dentist that is. Here are some tips on choosing the perfect cosmetic dentist in Jacksonville!
#1. Start With Recommendations From Friends and Family
Although Google has become the go-to source for finding information (and rightly so), it can be beneficial to start your journey to a new and improved smile by asking for recommendations from friends and family. After all, they were once in your shoes, and their experience can give you insight into what may happen if you choose to follow in their footsteps.
#2. Do Some Research
Now that you have a good jumping-off point, it’s time to do some research. With each of the practices you are considering, look at their online portfolio. More specifically, the doctor’s training, before and after photos, patient reviews, and what it is that makes them unique. The good news is that this information is easy to find since it’s typically all on their website!
#3. Schedule an Initial Consultation
Online research will only get you so far. Once you’ve narrowed down your search to the practices you are seriously considering, schedule an initial consultation. This will get you first-hand experience with how clean their office is, how friendly their staff is, and how comfortable you feel with the cosmetic dentist. After all, even after your treatment is over, you’ll be spending time with them at follow-up appointments, additional treatments, and maybe even routine checkups and cleanings. So, you want to make sure they are a good fit.
#4. Ask Away!
By this point in the research process, you’ve likely gathered a handful of questions. What can I expect from the recovery period? How long will the results last? How much will it cost? All are great questions you should be asking during your initial consultation. Not only will this help you make an informed decision, but it will help you get to know the dentist and their team more in-depth!
Since there is no room for error when it comes to your smile, it is important to find the right cosmetic dentist for you. Fortunately, the above tips can help guide you through that process!
About the Author
Dr. James L. Schumacher has been helping patients achieve their dream smile for over four full decades! Today, he is a Scholar of the world-renowned L.D. Pankey Institute, has been featured in Jacksonville Magazine’s TOP Dentists since 2013, and is an active member of multiple organizations (including the American Dental Association). So, if you are looking for a professional you can trust, he’s the one! To learn more about his cosmetic dentistry services or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or give him a call at 904-388-3559.