An open dialogue is essential between a cosmetic dentist and his or her patient.
As you embark on your long-term treatment plan, you need to trust that you’ll not only be able to talk to your dentist but that they will listen to what you have to say.
Make use of your consultation. Use the cosmetic consult to test the dentist’s communication abilities. After the consult, ask yourself if you felt rushed or pressured by anything the dentist had to share with you.
Did the dentist take your goals into consideration or only present you with a treatment plan that fits their idea of what you need? If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed while communicating with a dentist, they probably aren’t the dentist you’re looking for.
After your initial consultation, you should have an idea of their abilities as a cosmetic dentist and a communicator.
Ask the dentist to tell you about a patient who was dissatisfied with the result of their treatment and how the dentist chose to correct the situation. The answer they provide will give you a grasp on how they’ll communicate with you throughout your treatment, and how well they will listen, too.
The greatest communicators are confident in their abilities without coming across as pushy. The right cosmetic dentist will be able to address your questions, needs, and concerns in clear, understandable terms. Look for a dentist who will tell you honestly what can and cannot be done for your smile.
Make sure you are comfortable. In the end, it all comes down to how comfortable you feel in the practice. If the dentist and staff make you feel comfortable and well cared for, you’re sure to have a great experience.
During your first visit, take notice of the environment; the machines used for the dental procedures, as well as the professionalism of the reception staff, are worth noting. Successful cosmetic dentists pay attention to various aspects of their profession to make their clients happy and satisfied.