How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist By Dr. Degel on January 23, 2022

smiling man with perfect teethChoosing a cosmetic dentist can be overwhelming. Cosmetic dentistry requires special skills and expertise that not all dentists possess. You’ll want to consider these things as well as your goals and budget when searching for the right dentist. 

Serving patients across Queens, NY, Long Island, NY, and New York City, our team at Astoria Dental Group is here to answer any questions you may have to help you choose the cosmetic dentist that’s right for you.

How Do I Choose a Cosmetic Dentist? 

Choosing the right cosmetic dentist requires research and planning. Before you make a decision on who will be performing your cosmetic dentistry work, take the time to examine your goals, consider your budget, and research potential candidates. Just like each patient is unique, each cosmetic dentist is as well, with different areas of expertise, levels of experience, and skill sets. 

Evaluate Your Smile Goals

Before you begin researching cosmetic dentists, take a moment to evaluate your smile goals. Are you looking for a simple whitening treatment or a total smile makeover? Some procedures are very simple and can be done by just about any dentist, however other procedures require far more expertise to achieve the desired result. Depending on what you are trying to achieve through cosmetic dentistry, choose a dentist that aligns best with your overall goals. 

Set Your Budget

Once you’ve determined your smile goals, factor in what your budget is, how it fits in with the results you are trying to achieve, and the procedure that will be necessary. Keep in mind you might need a dentist’s guidance in these areas as well.

Many dentists and dental offices offer payment plans instead of requiring the entire payment up front, but not all of them do. Ask each prospective dentist what their payment options are to see if they require your procedure to be paid in full, or if there is room for flexibility to make it more manageable. 

At Astoria Dental Group, our team offers an array of flexible payment options, such as CareCredit® and Wells Fargo, and we are committed to working with you throughout your procedure when it comes to financing. 

Research Their Area of Expertise

Once you’ve evaluated what goal you are trying to achieve through cosmetic dentistry and have figured out your budget, the last step is to begin researching cosmetic dentists near you and their areas of expertise. For instance, if you are looking for a complete smile makeover, you’ll need a cosmetic dentist who has experience with several different procedures as well as the technology to carry them out. 

Astoria Dental Group offers various cosmetic dentistry procedures, including: 

  • Invisalign®
  • Veneers
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Dental Implants
  • Dental Bonding
  • Smile Makeover

Our skilled cosmetic dentists use the latest technology to help you achieve your smile goals. Check out our smile makeover gallery to see the results we’ve been able to achieve for our patients. 

Schedule Your Appointment Today

As a fixture of Queens for nearly 20 years, Astoria Dental Group is able to assist you with all of your cosmetic dentistry needs. Dr. Clifford Degel, Dr. Carmen Every-Degel, and their team of professionals are ready to help you achieve your dream smile. Use our online contact form or call (718) 278-1123 to schedule your appointment today.

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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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