1. Check out the doctor!
Of course, we don’t mean check out the doctor, but rather, read their bio! This is a great place to start to get an overall feel for the practice. You’ll learn where the doctor went to school, how long they have been practicing, and if they have any special certifications. A key phrase to look for is “continuing education.” These are courses a dentist can attend to improve their skillset and learn about the latest techniques and technology. If you see that they take a lot of continuing education, you can trust that they’re working hard to provide the highest-quality care possible.
2. Read their reviews!
The world today simply runs on online reviews. People review just about everything, from movies to dentists to graveyards (no, really!). Just read a few reviews to see what patients actually experienced when they visited the practice. Were they happy with the service? Do they like the results they achieved? Would they recommend other people to the practice? If you can answer these questions, you’ll probably know if a practice is a good fit for you.
3. Look at their services!
This will let you know if they offer the type of care you need. Are you looking for basic checkups and cleanings or something more involved? This will also let you know what kinds of patients they treat, which is great if you’re looking for a place to take your entire family. Plus, you’ll be able to see if they offer any specialty services that you can’t get at other places, such as CEREC-same day restorations or dental implant placement.
4. Look for amenities/technology!
At some practices, the waiting room is just filled with chairs and maybe a few magazines from 1996. In others, you’ll find free WiFi, big screen TVs, a refreshment bar, and loads of other perks to help you feel comfortable in the office. Which practice would you rather go to? These kinds of amenities will demonstrate how dedicated the practice is to service, while their technology will reveal how devoted they are to providing world-class care. With the latest dental technology, treatments can be completed more quickly and efficiently, all the while causing less discomfort as well. Overall, this’ll show you that they’re committed to giving everyone a stress-free and fulfilling dental experience both before and during their appointment.
With these 4 tips, you’ll be able to quickly narrow down those endless search results to a few great practices. Once you’ve chosen one, give them a quick call and see how they treat you on the phone. Your gut will probably be able to tell you if you’ve made the right choice. After that, be sure to schedule an appointment, and you can look forward to getting a fresh, clean smile!
About the Author
Dr. Wael Elosta is a general, restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentist based in Leesburg, VA. He believes that a family should be able to get all of their dental care under one roof, which is why he engages in hundreds of hours of continuing education every year in order to broaden his expertise. He currently practices at Lansdowne Family Dental in Leesburg, and he can be reached through his website or by phone at (703) 729-1818.