Most Americans say they care about how their smile looks. Nearly 96% of American adults think a person’s love life can be impacted by their smile. Nearly three quarters of all people throughout the country think that a bad looking smile can hurt their career. Nearly one in three people say that they are concerned about the look of their smile. If you care about the look of your smile, going to regular appointments with your dentist can help. If you do not have a dentist, here are some tips to help you find one.
- Talk to your friends and family. You have to know at least a few people who have a dentist they really like. The best way to get quality products and services is to get a personal referral. Ask who their dentist is and how they found them, You may not go to the same dental office as your friend of family member but this can get your started on your search for thr right dentist.
- Ask your primary care doctor. Dental services can make a big difference with your overall health. Your primary care doctor or the staff who work in their office may be able to give you a list of dentists in your area that they can recommend. If you know you are going to need a lot of dental work done, you should talk to your doctor about it, too.
- Call your insurance carrier. If you have dental insurance, you should call your carrier to see what dentists are in your network and what the policy is for going to dentists who are not. This should help narrow down your choices and options. They may be able to give you more information about the different providers in your areas.
- Ask the dental offices what their policies are for insurance. Some dental practices make you pay and then get reimbursed, others will just bill you a copayment. If the dentist is not in your network, they still may be able to submit the claim to your insurance carrier. This is why you should ask the dentist’s office before you rule them out.
- Ask aboutandnbsp;other options for people without insurance. Just because you do not have dental insurance doe snot mean you cannot get access to quality dental care. Many dentists offer payment plans and have other options for people who need dental work but do not have dental insurance. When you are calling around to different offices, ask about your payment options. Many offices will work with you on a payment plan so you can get the care that you need.
- Are there any special offers? Many dentists will offer special discounts and have other incentives to help get more people to become patients. There are often discounts for first time exams, cleanings and x-rays. Others will offer referral programs and other specials to say “thank you” to people who have shown loyalty to the practice. Ask about all of these. They can be helpful.
- What are their office hours? You may not be able to get to the dentist during normal business hours so a number of dentist’s offices will keep hours that are later during the week or on the weekend. Ask what your options are.
- Where is the office? You need to be able to get to the dentist’s office. Make sure it is near transportation if you need that or if it is easy to drive to if that is an option. Finding a dentist who is close to your work or home can make a big difference.
- Do they “cater to cowards?” Many people put off dealing with their oral health or going into the dentist’s office because they are scared. There are a number of reasons that people are scared of the dentist and the dental associates. As a consequence, many dental practices work to do things to make people more comfortable. They know people are scared and they may be able to help you lose your fear.
Despite the fact that most Americans car3e about their teeth, few go as often as is recommended. Using these tips can help you find the right dentist to give you the best smile.