Choosing the right Elgin dentist is a big deal.
After all, when it comes to your oral health, not just any dentist will do, right?
Here are five simple tips to help you make the best choice for you and your family.
1. Qualifications and education
The most important thing to check is the dentist’s qualifications and training. There are many dentists available in our community, but they are not all the same.
Some are general dentists who focus mainly on family dentistry and oral health. Others have expanded their education and skill set to include cosmetic dentistry to enhance your smile. Some even have made the extra effort and commitment to become an expert in specialized areas of dentistry, such as oral surgery, pediatrics, implantology, or endodontics.
Finding a dental office that offers you the broadest range of dental service options and a highly qualified team is your best choice.
Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates are excited to be able to offer our patients the best in comprehensive dental care.
Our team is made up of general dentists, orthodontists, a periodontist, an oral surgeon, and a pediatric specialist. Plus, we have an endodontist down the street.
We genuinely have all the bases covered!
2. Latest dental technology and techniques
Dentistry is ever-changing. As technology advances, dental options advance along with them.
Often, these advancements offer real benefits such as making your treatment faster, more comfortable, and more productive.
Ask your potential dental offices if they are using the latest and most up-to-date dental technologies and techniques.
What kind of advances are we talking about?
Here are a few of the newest dental tools your dentist should be using:
- GURU Presentation Software – presents educational materials to help you understand your treatment better.
- E4D Technologies – CAD/CAM – uses computer-generated graphics to create highly-detailed 3D images.
- Acteon Auto Fluorescence early cavity detection – finds cavities before they become visible to sight examination.
- Digital x-rays – lessens exposure to radiation, produces precise images, and can be easily stored and shared.
- Invisalign®, ClearCorrect, Damon System, TADS – offers next generation orthodontics for straight smiles.
- LED TVs – allows you to see what the dentist is seeing, making it easier for you to understand your dentist’s treatment choices.
At Carol Stream & Elgin Dental Associates, we feel our patients deserve the best dental technology has to offer, so we provide all of the options mentioned above and more!
3. Patient care and comfort
A visit to the dentist can be stressful. Having someone working in such close proximity can feel invasive and cause unease or anxiety.
An excellent dental office should anticipate your possibly anxious feelings and respond by providing comforting solutions.
At our practice, we love to pamper our patients!
Our offices are embellished with in-office comforts designed to help you relax and create a truly calming experience.
What do we do to make you feel at home?
- Comfy warm blankets
- Soothing hot towels
- Lip balm to keep your lips from chapping
- Coffee or tea to drink
- Bottled water
- Phone charging station
Your dental visit is always all about you!
We not only listen to your concerns but address them in a kind and considerate manner. We genuinely care about you and make you feel valued by treating you as we would our own family.
Your needs are priority number one!
4. Financing options
Does the office provide financing options for your dental care?
A dental practice that genuinely cares about your oral health will offer you affordable ways to pay.
You want a dentist and team who wants the best for you!
Does the team present your insurance claims for you and make sure you are getting the full use of your insurance benefits?
If you don’t have dental insurance, what alternate forms of payment do they provide?
We believe everyone should have access to quality, affordable dentistry.
We are also delighted to offer our non-insured patients an in-house dental benefits plan. Plans are available for individuals and families.
5. Results and reviews
One of the best ways to help you decide on a new dentist is to check out their patient reviews.
Type the practice’s or dentist’s name into the Google search bar, and you should be able to see what others are saying about them on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.
Are their patients happy with the results and care they got?
Were there any legitimate complaints?
How did the office deal with them?
We are proud to be able to say that our patients love us!
It’s also essential to see what kind of results a dentist is achieving – especially before you get any cosmetic dentistry done.
Ask to see their portfolio of real before and after photos or visit the smile gallery on their website.
Would you be want to have a smile like theirs?
We offer a wide variety of actual patient before and after photos because we want to show off our work!
We want you to know the kind of results you can expect from our team.
Made up your mind?
We hope these helpful tips will help you in your search for a new dentist.
You want the best for you and your family.
And we do too!
We think that you and our Carol Stream and Elgin dentists would make the perfect team.
Contact us today and find out: