Family Dentists in Wyoming, MI

Whether you recently moved to Wyoming, MI or are simply looking for a better dentist, it can be stressful trying to find the right dentist. However, if you invest enough time and energy into the search, you’ll be able to find a family dentist you can trust. In this blog post, you will learn how to choose a new dentist so you can maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Is the dentist in your network?

One of the main reasons people change dentists is when their insurance changes. An in-network dentist can mean the difference between paying all or none of the cost of a teeth cleaning.

Asking if a dentist accepts your insurance is not the same as asking if they are in your network. If a dentist accepts your insurance, this means that they are willing to simply send the bill to your insurance company. If a dentist is in your network, this means that your insurance company has agreed to partially or completely pay for dental services received from that dentist.

Is the dentist near to home or work?

We recommend choosing a new dentist that’s close to home or work. That way, you won’t have to travel long distances for a dental emergency or in bad weather. It’s much more convenient to have your new dentist located nearby. You’ll also want to check the office hours to see if they work with your schedule. For example, it’s not uncommon for dental practices to have fewer office hours on Fridays. 

How experienced is the dentist?

How long has the dentist been in practice? If they have recently gotten out of dental school, you may want to keep looking for a dentist with more experience and knowledge of the latest dental technologies.

You’ll also want to ask about what kinds of family dental services they offer and their level of experience with each. For example, if you are looking for a smile makeover dentist, you’ll want to look for someone with experience in professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry services. Make sure any dentist you consider has all the training and clinical experience needed to work on teeth. 

Who do family and friends recommend?

If your friends and family live in the same area as you, you may want to ask them who they trust to be their dentists. While you can always check online reviews, family members tend to be more trustworthy than strangers on the internet. 

From personal recommendations, you’ll be able to get more information than if you just looked on the dentist’s website. For example, a family member may be able to tell you if the dentist is professional or rude. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist, they may also be able to tell you about the quality of the dental restoration and the level of care they received.

How are the reviews?

When you search the name of the dentist you’re interested in, how are the reviews? If the reviews are mostly negative, you might want to think twice about the level of care you’ll receive there. If the reviews are mostly positive, it’s still worth looking at whatever poor reviews might exist. Sometimes, the way a dentist handles a complaint says more about their office than a positive review ever could.

What sets this dentist apart? 

In any major city there are likely to be multiple dentists in your network that have great reviews and are close to your home or work. At the end of the day, your decision should come down to whether the office in question has a comfortable environment that makes you feel at home. Think about what sets each dentist apart from the competition, and choose the one that works best for you and your family. 

Ready to Make an Appointment?

Dr. Jeff Helmus DDS at River Ridge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is dedicated to helping patients maintain good oral health. If you are interested in setting up your first appointment with our Wyoming family dentist, give us a call at (616) 538-7320.

[This blog post has been updated.]