When it comes to your oral health and the appearance of your smile, you want to make sure that you choose the right dentist. Your teeth are an important aspect of your entire appearance, so a dentist who has extensive training in cosmetic dentistry is necessary in order to ensure great results.
General dentists can practice cosmetic dentistry, so you need to do your research in order to find a true cosmetic dentistry specialist. Here are some tips for choosing your cosmetic dentist.
Training in Cosmetic Dentistry Specialties
Advanced post-graduate training and continuous ongoing education are hallmarks of a dentist who is dedicated to achieving the best aesthetic results for his patients. Dr. Jorge Montane has taken advanced courses on:
- Cosmetic restorations
- Implant placement and bone grafting
- Adult orthodontics
- Pain management
He places a high priority on continuing education as well as investing in the latest, most advanced technologies so that his patients can rest assured that they are receiving the best care and results possible.
When researching a cosmetic dentist in your area, it's usually a good idea to look at reviews and testimonials from actual patients. How many reviews do they have? Are the reviews generally positive? You can also look at the negative reviews and look for patterns.
Sometimes people leave a negative review for things that are out of the dentist's control, such as limited parking or appointment availability. If you see issues like that come up, it doesn't reflect on the dentist himself.
Read reviews carefully to find themes, and see if the reviews sound genuine. Multiple people saying the same thing will probably mean that thing is true. For example, if all the reviews mention how friendly the dentist is, that's probably a good indication that he's actually very friendly.
Cosmetic Dentistry Experience
It's always a good idea to look at how much experience your cosmetic dentist has doing the procedure that you're interested in. A dentist who has performed hundreds or thousands of a particular procedure will have seen more of a variety of cases and will have a better idea of how to handle your individual case for optimal results.
Dr. Montane has been a practicing dentist since 1983, and through the years has kept up with the advancements in technology and technique that the dental profession has seen. His decades of experience combined with thirst for knowledge mean that he is able to provide the best results no matter what shape your teeth are in.
Bedside Manner and Attitude of Dentist and Staff
Even if a dentist is known for his immaculate results and attention to detail, if his bedside manner is bad, patients most likely will not want to return to his practice. When looking for a cosmetic dentist, bedside manner is almost as important as dental skill.
In addition, you will be dealing with staff as well as the actual dentist. Dental office staff members will be the ones setting up your appointments, dealing with your billing, paperwork, and insurance, answering your questions regarding scheduling and costs, and more.
You can often tell what the general vibe of a dental office is from your first initial phone call and consultation. Look for these traits on the phone and in the office:
- Willingness to answer questions
- Giving direct answers rather than trying to dance around a question
- Not trying to push expensive procedures
- Giving you different options
- Taking their time to explain things and listen to your concerns
Many insurance-driven chain dental offices will always try to push the most expensive procedures even if you don't necessarily need them. In addition, staff and dentists may be rushed and abrupt, trying to get you in and out as quickly as possible to make room for the next patient.
Dr. Montane understands the importance of forming a genuine bond with his patients, and will take the time necessary to fully understand your goals and concerns. He will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and budget, and will answer your questions honestly and directly.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation
We offer free consultations if you are interested in cosmetic dental work. Call Montane Dental Care at 510-795-0444 today to schedule your appointment. We serve patients in the greater Bay Area, including Fremont, Newark, and Union City.