March 13, 2017

With cosmetic dentistry increasing in popularity, finding a qualified cosmetic dentist requires careful consideration. There are a growing number of dentists offering cosmetic dentistry, with a variety of procedures to choose from. Here in Memphis, we are seeing more and more patients seeking a skilled provider to enhance their smile. Since there is no referral system in place or insurance administrator to assist with the selection process, the choices available can sometimes seem completely overwhelming.

That’s where we come in! Scott Edwards DDS is a cosmetic and family dentistry practice with decades of experience in providing comprehensive treatment based on the individual needs of each patient. To make it easier for you to find a qualified and experienced provider in East Memphis, we’ve put together this handy guide on what to look for when choosing a cosmetic dentist!

Get the green light first

If you’ve been receiving regular check ups from a dentist or orthodontist – and hopefully you have been! – they’ll have a general idea of the current overall condition of your mouth. If they believe your teeth, gums, bone structure, or bite is in need of further evaluation before cosmetic dentistry, they may refer you to a specialist first, such as a periodontist, prosthodontist, endodontist, or even an oral surgeon.

It’s important to remember that the condition of your teeth, gums, supporting bone structure, and bite will have an impact on the success and longevity of any cosmetic dental procedure. This is why we recommend getting the go-ahead from your current dental provider before cosmetic treatment begins.

Narrowing your choices

Some criteria you may want to use in determining if a cosmetic dentist is the right one for you includes:

How long has the dentist been practicing? Do your homework and investigate the level of experience each cosmetic dentist you consider has before setting up a consultation appointment. For example, Dr. Edwards has been providing general and cosmetic dentistry in the Memphis area for 35 years. Dr. Prince and Dr. Fitzhugh are members of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, and Memphis Dental Society.

All three are committed to providing stellar personal service for every patient they see, and have the testimonials to prove it.

Does the dentist offer before and after photos of actual patients he or she has treated? If so, do you find yourself comfortable with the level of change shown in them? Our website has a Smile Gallery we encourage you to look through to see for yourself the level of expertise we offer!

How extensive is the dentist’s practice? Scott Edwards DDS offers a wide variety of services in their two Memphis offices, ranging from basic treatment to complex dental procedures.

What to expect at your consultation

Your initial consultation with a cosmetic dentist is an opportunity for you to learn about the practice, meet the team, and discuss what it is you’re hoping to change about your smile.  It’s a great chance for you and your cosmetic dentist to decide on realistic expectations for the cosmetic dental treatment you’re looking into.

Consultations for cosmetic dentistry treatments will typically include some form of records gathering. Accurate patient records are important for developing the kind of unique and precise cosmetic dental treatment plan that will satisfy your specific needs. Because of this, a significant amount of time may be dedicated to things like:

  • A comprehensive intraoral examination and inspection of any existing dental work
  • Intraoral photographs
  • X-rays
  • Impressions of your upper and lower teeth
  • Reviewing different teeth shapes and sizes to see what appeals to you
  • Discussing tooth color
  • Using a computer monitor to review your smile tooth by tooth with your dentist so you’ll have a thorough understanding of what can be changed, and how.

During your consultation, you may also meet a patient coordinator or the office manager. Their role is to help you with appointment scheduling and follow-up care, as well as discuss the kind of financing and payment options available for your treatment.

Unfortunately, dental insurance doesn’t always provide coverage for cosmetic dentistry. Scott Edwards DDS accept cash, checks, CareCredit (a charge program), and all major credit cards. We do accept most dental insurance plans, and our dedicated staff will work hard to help you get the maximum coverage allowed by your insurance benefits. If you bring your insurance card to your first visit, we’ll be more than happy to call and verify any coverage you may qualify for.

What to consider during a consultation

During your consultation, take note of how you feel about the atmosphere of the practice. Are you comfortable with the cosmetic dentist’s chair-side manner? Is the staff friendly, welcoming, and quick to address any concerns you may have? Cosmetic dentistry treatment can take time to complete treatment, so it’s important to find a practice that makes you feel comfortable from the moment you walk through its doors.

If you’re provided with a diagnosis and treatment plan during the consultation, make sure you’re happy with the level of detail shared with you. Do you understand your diagnosis, and all viable treatment options? You’ll want to feel completely confident with the level of detail and the thoroughness of the explanations you’re given so that you can make an educated decision about any cosmetic dental treatment you choose.

Choosing a cosmetic dentist in East Memphis

When you select a cosmetic dentist, you’re selecting a professional who will help you change your appearance by changing the look of your teeth and your smile. This is clearly a very personal and important choice!

Most procedures aren’t reversible, so take your time and be sure that you feel comfortable with your chosen provider, and confident in their skills and capabilities. Here at Scott Edwards DDS, we want you to leave our office happy and completely satisfied, not only with the results that are achieved, but with the quality of care you’ve received.

If you’re looking for experienced providers supported by a capable and caring staff, as well as a conveniently located practice offering a wide variety of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services, you can’t go wrong with Scott Edwards DDS! With offices in East Memphis and Midtown, we’re here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Contact us today for more information on a complimentary consultation!