Having a healthy, bright smile is seen as a sign of beauty and it's really no surprise why. You simply can't ignore a beautiful smile.

Having a great smile not only makes you feel good, but it makes others feel good as well. It's a quality that inspires trust and respect. Also, it makes you stand out.

If your smile doesn't look the way you'd want it to look, you may want to consider cosmetic dentistry.

Excellent dentists are not always easy to find. However, asking the right questions at your first consultation can help you make the best choice - and save you a lot of time.

Here are four of them:

1. What Can You Do for Me?

It may sound like a straightforward question but remember your main goal. You're willing to pay for certain services because you want a beautiful smile.

One of the main answers you want has to do with the final result.

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Experienced dentists should have a before and after portfolio you can take a look at. They will also provide you with the information you need in a way that is highly visual.

Others may suggest taking a picture of your smile and provide you with a Photoshopped version of the result you can expect.

2. How Many Treatments Will I Need After This Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation?

Keep in mind some procedures might take longer than others. Some treatments might require regular visits to the dentist for a certain period of time.

It's important to know if the course of action recommended by the dentist is right for you based on your daily schedule and how busy it is.

It's best to discuss this aspect during your first cosmetic dentistry consultation. It will let you plan your time more efficiently - especially if there's a big event coming up in your life for which you want to have a perfect smile.

3. Is the Treatment Painful? Will You Use Anesthesia?

It depends a lot on what kind of treatment you need, but some of them may cause a little discomfort. Anyone who ever struggled with teeth pain knows what this means and usually develops a fear of it.

However, this is not the main reason why you should ask this question. Based on the type of treatment, the dentist might need to use anesthesia. And some people are allergic to the substance used, novocaine.

Make sure to mention your concerns regarding anesthesia. The dentist may suggest conducting a test to establish if you are sensitive to novocaine.

4. What's the Full Price and Durability of the Required Procedures?

Some dentists may avoid mentioning certain costs during the initial consultation. However, you risk wasting your time and finding out the full price is way above what you expected.

This is why it's important to ask those sometimes uncomfortable cost-related questions early on.

You should also enquire about how much time the results will last. This will help you decide if you'll be happy with the investment you've made, not only now but also in future years.

Try to notice if the answer is rather vague than informative. It could mean the dentist is trying to avoid providing the information.

Remember professional services are typically accompanied by relevant, straightforward and comprehensive information.

We Are Happy to Answer All Your Questions!

Getting access to quality services and maintaining good dental health starts with finding the right dentist.

Dr. Charles Nottingham is renowned for using a unique combination of dental expertise and technology for cosmetic dentistry. Also, he knows how important dentist-patient communication is and is ready to answer all of your questions.

With over 40 years of practice, Dr. Nottingham helps patients get the results they want through excellent services.

To book a consultation, you can get in touch with us online or call us at (561) 327-6783.