How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist By Dr. Degel on June 22, 2019

A patient at her dentist's officeWe all want to have a perfect smile, but that’s not always possible with over-the-counter oral hygiene products. That’s where a cosmetic dentist at Astoria Dental Group can help. Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel have helped countless people in the community smile with renewed confidence.

Expanding our scope from the immediate area, we sometimes hear about people struggling to find a good cosmetic dentist in Queens, NY. There are plenty of us who probably fit your criteria, but you just might not know where to start. Here is some helpful advice on how to pick a good cosmetic dentist for you and your needs.

Ask Friends and Family for Recommendations

It’s always a good idea to start with people you know and trust. If you have a friend, co-worker, or family member who underwent a cosmetic dentistry procedure, it’s a good idea to ask them about their experience and if they recommend their dentist. You can even reach out to people you know on Facebook or other social media accounts for recommendations.

If you can’t find recommendations from your network, consider the rest of the advice below.

Google and Local Internet Searches

Your quest for the right dentist may begin with a simple Google search. Typing in the phrase “cosmetic dentist in Astoria, Queens” can yield plenty of promising results. Look through the first few pages of search results, and also check the online map for dentists in your area.

Yelp and Other Online Review Sites

Now that you’ve got a good lay of the land, consider looking up some dentist reviews. Yelp and Google Reviews can give you a good idea of dentists who know what they’re doing and dentists who you should avoid. Many of these online reviews will come up with a properly worded Google search.

Read Up on Dentists Who Look Promising

Now that you have some prospective cosmetic dentists with good reviews in your area, it’s important that you look them up individually. Visit their websites as well as their Facebook or Instagram pages. As you read through the places and look at before and after photos, you should get a good idea of who these dentists are, what they value, and the quality of their work.

Narrowing Down Your Choices

So as you’re doing your research through part of an afternoon or evening, you’ll likely find some promising cosmetic dentists. Narrow down your choices by picking the dentists that make good first impressions. Also consider pictures of their practice. If their practice looks safe, clean, and inviting, that’s always a good sign.

Consider How You Feel Speaking with Them

Before you make a final pick for a cosmetic dentist, you should consider talking to them, whether by phone or in person for a brief consultation. This will give you a chance to understand their chairside manner and determine if this is someone you can trust. This is also an opportunity to comparison shop some potential cosmetic dentists and find someone who is affordable yet also stresses quality care.

Contact Astoria Dental Group

We hope the tips above were helpful. For more information about finding a dental practice that’s right for you, contact our skilled team of cosmetic and restorative dentists. If you live in Queens, you can schedule a consultation at our practice by calling (718) 278-1123.

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Doctors Carmen Every-Degel and Clifford Degel

Astoria Dental Group

Our doctors are widely recognized for their contributions to the field of dentistry. They are members of various prestigious organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry 
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry 
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists 
  • American Dental Association

If you are ready to transform your smile with Astoria Dental Group, request a consultation online or call us in Queens at (718) 278-1123.


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