Now that you're on the market for a new family dentist, you'll have to compare your options and decide who you want to work with in the coming years. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a new dentist for your family.

1. Experience With Kids 

Just because a dentist accepts patients of all ages doesn't mean that they have the experience and personality needed to make young children feel comfortable and safe while getting check-ups or when having fillings put in. So, if your kids are still new to seeing the dentist, it's important to make sure that the service provider you choose has extensive experience working with children and focuses at least part of their practice on the care of young teeth and gums.

Schedule a consultation appointment with a prospective dentist before deciding whether to work with them so your kids have an opportunity to get to know the dentist and you have a chance to see how they interact with one another. Keeping your kids' opinions of a potential dentist in mind will help you determine whether your family's needs and expectations will be met in the years to come.

2. The Waiting Room

You should also visit the waiting room of any dentist you consider choosing for your family so that you know exactly what you can expect when it comes time to show up for appointments. You'll likely spend some time in the waiting room every time you show up for a check-up or treatment, and you deserve for the experience to be comfortable and convenient.

Make sure that the waiting room of the dentist you choose offers comfortable seating, plenty of lighting, books and magazines to read, and dental literature to learn from. The waiting area should also feature a kid's corner where your children can play while you wait.

3. Cosmetic Treatment Options

If the look of your smile is as important to you as the health of it, you should make sure that the dentist you choose to work with offers a variety of different cosmetic treatment options. In addition to basic teeth whitening treatments and metal braces, your dentist should offer:

  • Inlays and Onlays

  • Implants

  • Invisible Straightening Treatments

  • Bonding Veneers

Ask any dentists you consult with for a list of cosmetic treatments they offer so you can compare those offerings and determine which service provider will most likely meet your long-term dental needs and wants.