How to Choose a Good Dentist?

How to Choose Good Dentists?

Step 1: Educate Yourself about Dentists in your area

Most people don’t know what’s going on in their mouth like dentists do. While it makes sense to trust professional dentists with this information, it is crucial to at least have a fundamental knowledge of your teeth, as it will help to be prepared for whatever questions you may have. So get a refresher on your personal dental history and general dental knowledge to share with the dentists.

Step 2: Qualify Your Dentist
Professional dental standards for dentists are very stringent, but it never hurts to check. Are the dentists up to date with dental credentialing? Do the dentists stay abreast of new technology and dental treatment options?

Step 3: Trust Your Dentist
Particularly with dental care, professionalism and knowledge of the dentists are not enough. Make sure you feel comfortable with your dentist. If a dentist’s chair-side manner doesn’t suit you, you may want to keep looking at more local dentists. Don’t underestimate this aspect of your dental care.

Step 4: Know Your Options When It Comes to Dentists
Most dental treatments can be approached in more than one way. The dental treatments may vary not only in price, but in quality, durability, or comfort. Discuss the various choices with the dentists and consider each one carefully.

Step 5: Be Involved in Your Dental Care
Most dentists are happy to answer questions, but some patients are too afraid to ask their dentists. You have the right to pick the brain of the dentists when it comes to your only set of teeth. Take notes not just on the answers to questions to the dentists, but also your personal feelings about the dentists. Remember, how you get along with the dentists will impact your overall satisfaction with the dental care process, from diagnosis to recovery.

• How long have the dentists been practicing and licensed?

• Do the dentists often perform the dental procedure you will be having done?

• What kind of warranty do the dentists offer and what does it cover?

• What process do the dentist go through to price the dental services?

• Do the dentists have alternative payment options such as financing or payment plans?

• Are there alternative dental treatments available for my particular diagnosis?

• Will there be much pain during and after the dental procedure? If so, what can the dentists do during treatment to make me more comfortable?

• What will the dentists’ follow-up process be after your dentist appointment?

• How do the dentists bill patients following dentist appointments?

• What types of insurance do the dentists accept?

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Ice Brackets Repel Stains

Lots of patients ask about clear brackets when getting braces, but some brands are giving other clear brackets an undeserved bad reputation for staining easily.

It’s true that some brands of less expensive clear brackets become discolored with wear. Foods such as tomato sauces, soft drinks, coffee, tea and grape juices can discolor some clear brackets over time.

However, there are some quality brackets on the market that do not stain. Some orthodontists use Inspire ICE brackets. The brackets, made from crystal-clear sapphire, are more stain resistant than brackets made from porcelain or plastic compounds, which can be more porous.

ICE brackets also are the only entirely transparent bracket on the market and they practically disappear once placed on the teeth.

The enamel on our teeth has a pigment and everyone’s tooth color is slightly different, which makes it difficult to find a tooth-colored bracket to match everyone. Using this clear colored, high-quality bracket means that it pulls in the color from the teeth, no matter what shade the teeth are.

In addition to the aesthetic benefits of ICE brackets, they are two times as resistant to breakage as other ceramic appliances. They also require less force when they are removed from the teeth and they have a smooth profile that provides optimum comfort for wearers.

Good Hygiene Can Prevent Stains And Improve Treatment

Even patients with clear brackets that aren’t ICE brackets can take measures to ensure they stay looking aesthetically pleasing.

Brushing within 20 minutes after eating foods or drinking beverages that can stain the teeth and the brackets is a good practice for keeping teeth white and tooth decay at bay. On average, braces wearers should brush their teeth two to four times daily with a non-whitening toothpaste. Using a whitening toothpaste only whitens the portions of the teeth that aren’t covered by brackets, so once those brackets are removed, patients can be left with spots on their teeth where the brackets were.

Patients with clear brackets often also have clear ligatures, so it is important to have the ligatures changed regularly, as they can stain more quickly than the brackets.

The cleaner the brackets, the less friction created as far as orthodontic movement goes. That means the braces can move the teeth faster. Patients who do not brush and floss properly run the risk of getting inflamed gums, which can make it more difficult for the orthodontist to properly align the teeth.

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