smiling female cosmetic dentistry patient Cosmetic dental procedures have a significant impact on your overall appearance and can even influence your oral health. While most patients are eager to improve their appearance and correct small issues, they can also be uncertain whether a cosmetic procedure is the right choice for them. 

In such situations, it is wise to get a second opinion for cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers or full smile makeovers. Here’s everything you need to know about second opinion consultations:

Professional Dentists Encourage It

Most reliable dentists like their patients to be confident and sure about their decisions. At Rod. W. Gore DDS, we always encourage our patients to reach out and get a second opinion if they need to.  They endeavor to provide all information regarding the procedure and answer their patient’s questions promptly. 

You can consult another reputable dentist without offending your current one. The dentist might even compare notes and consider what their fellow experts have recommended. We have always had good experiences with our fellow dentists when it comes to second consultations.  

Many Cosmetic Procedures Are Permanent 

Cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers and smile makeovers are permanent. A dentist will have to remove some of the natural dental matter from the surface of your teeth to make room for porcelain veneers. You will have to replace the veneers with new ones every 10 to 15 years. 

This is a long-term commitment, which is why you should consider getting a 2nd opinion on cosmetic dental procedures. A separate consultation with us will not just provide more information, but will also help you become more confident in your decision.

Second Consultation May Reveal Problems Your Dentist Missed

Dentists are trained professionals, but they’re also human beings. It is possible that your dentist may miss something that can cause complications down the line. A second opinion with us can help you avoid this problem. Our dentist may be able to spot what your current dentist missed, which can go a long way in preventing potential dental issues in the future.

Why Do People Seek Out Second Opinions?

Our patients seek out second opinions for several reasons. Even those that trust their dentists look for additional advice and do internet research before they undergo the procedure. Here are some of the most common reasons why:

  • A dentist has recommended an expensive treatment and claimed that the more affordable options aren’t available to the patient.
  • The patient finds the cost of the cosmetic procedure unusually high. 
  • The patient feels their dentist isn’t completely honest about the procedure. 
  • They feel that their dentist isn’t fully qualified to perform the cosmetic procedure. 
  • The dentist has refused to perform the procedure.
  • The patient doesn’t have a good rapport with the dentist.

These are just some of the many reasons why people choose to get a 2nd opinion for cosmetic procedures like smile makeovers from us

What Kind Of Questions Should You Ask?

A second consultation presents an excellent opportunity to ask more questions about the procedure. You get information from an unbiased source without any vested interests. Here are some questions patients ask us during these consultations:

  • Is the cosmetic procedure right for me?
  • Is my dentist quoting a reasonable price?
  • How long with the enhancement last?
  • Are there more affordable options?
  • Will the procedure damage my natural teeth?
  • Does the procedure have any chance of failure?
  • Can you explain the pros and cons of the procedure in detail?

Feel free to ask our dentist questions based on any information you already have about the procedure. We will always provide honest answers. You can take detailed notes during this session and consult with your original dentist on the matter. 

Getting a 2nd opinion on cosmetic procedures with us also gives you more options. You can switch over to the new dentist if you’re not satisfied with the services provided by your current one.  

If you want to know more about our dentist, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Rod W. Gore DDS. You can call at 480 585 6225 or contact us directly.