10 Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist to Transform Your Smile

July 6, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkalina @ 6:53 pm

happy young man pointing at smileDentistry is more than a science or a medical discipline. It is also an art. That artistry comes most prominently into play when a dentist is transforming their patients’ smiles through cosmetic treatments. If you have been thinking about changing the way your teeth look, it is important that you choose the right cosmetic dentist in Mankato for the job. Here are 10 tips to help you find an “artist” who will provide you with the beautiful, natural-looking results you want.


You should pick a dentist who has taken the time to learn some of the finer aspects of cosmetic treatments. They may have advanced training in porcelain restorations, laser dentistry, or other procedures that play a role in changing the way teeth and gums look.


Are you interested in a specific cosmetic service? For example, you might want to get rid of your “gummy” smile via laser gum recontouring. Since not every dentist offers that, it is important that you narrow the search to ones who do.


Take a look at online reviews of any potential dentist. You will thereby get to know about their personality, office environment, and more before you step through their practice’s door.

Payment Options

The vast majority of the time, dental insurance does not cover cosmetic treatments. Ask the staff in your dentist’s office whether they offer financing or an in-house savings plan.


Is a dentist open at times when you can visit without disrupting your life too much? Many dentists offer convenient early morning appointments.


If you are going to under a procedure that requires multiple appointments, you probably do not want to spend a lot of time traveling back and forth to your dentist’s office. Be realistic about how far you are willing to travel.


Does a dentist use up to date technology in their office, such as digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, and same-day restorations?


What will a dentist do to make sure you are comfortable during your treatment? Does the dentist perform procedures as conservatively as possible?


If you want your cosmetic treatment to be finished by a specific deadline, you should ask whether the dentist will be able to help you meet that goal.


Do you like a particular dentist? If you enjoy their personality, you may decide to begin using them as your general oral healthcare provider and not just as your cosmetic dentist.

There are quite a few factors to consider when you are looking for a dentist to transform your smile. Use the above tips to help you find one who can give you the results you want in a manner that is both comfortable and convenient.

About the Author

Dr. James Kalina is an experienced general and cosmetic dentist in Mankato. He offers clear braces, porcelain veneers, laser gum contouring and other advanced services to help his patients achieve attractive, optimally functional smiles. To learn more about how he may be able to serve you, contact our office at 507-625-2021.

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