Friday, 6 February 2009

How to Choose a Teeth Whitening Dentist

Once you've made the decision to have your teeth whitened professionally the next step is choosing a dentist to perform the procedure. Many times people will just go to their regular dentist and have him or her do it. That's not always the best decision.

Even if you end up going with your regular dentist, it's usually in your best interest to shop around first. Since teeth whitening is considered cosmetic, most insurance companies don't cover it. That means that no matter which dentist performs the treatment, you're still going to have to pay for it, and in that case it doesn't hurt to have as much information as possible.

When you're looking for a dentist, your first step should be to ask around. See if anybody you know has recently had their teeth whitened (if they'll admit it). Ask them about their experience and what their level of satisfaction was. Take a look at their teeth and ask yourself if you'd be satisfied if your teeth were whitened to that shade. Finally, ask them if they'd recommend the dentist who performed their treatment.

Another way to research a teeth whitening dentist is to go through the phone book. In your local phone book you'll find dozens of dentists who have offices in your area. Call a few of them and ask if they perform tooth whitening procedures. If they do, see if you can schedule a meeting with them to discuss the treatment.

At your appointment, tell them that you're interested in whitening but that you wanted to learn some more about the procedure before you're certain. If you find one you're comfortable with, go ahead with the treatment. If not, go back to the phone book and start over.

One final way to find a quality teeth whitening dentist is to do internet research. Search for dentists in your area that have experience with tooth whitening. This method is probably least likely to be successful because there are a number of scam products and misleading information on the web. However, as long as you're aware of the potential to be misguided you can usually smell when something's fishy. Always be sure to have a preliminary meeting prior to treatment with any cosmetic dentist, but especially one who you find on the internet.

Once you find a dentist that you like, go ahead and book the appointment. You're on your way to a whiter, brighter smile!

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