If you’re new to the area, you’ve probably got a lot to sort out while you get acquainted to your new home. Whether you’re starting a new job or school, or simply trying to figure out where the nearest grocery store is, settling into a new area can take some time. Once you’ve got the daily and weekly necessities figured out, it’s time to start thinking about some of the other things you’ll want to be familiar with, like where’s the closest urgent care, or picking out a new dentist.
That’s where we come in. We want to be your source for dental care in the Bloomington and greater Twin Cities area. So when picking out a new dentist, don’t just head to google and search “dentists near me,” do some research and look for a few important qualities that suggest that team would be a good fit for your family. We share what you should look for in a dentist, and why we think we check all of those boxes in today’s blog.
What To Look For In A New Dentist
So what important qualities should you look for when choosing a new dentist for your family? Well for starters, be sure that they are accepting new patients (like we are). From there, take a look at their experience. As you can tell from our Meet The Team page, our team at Smiles For Life Dentistry has nearly 100 years of experience treating and protecting teeth! That type of experience cannot be understated.
Another thing you’ll want to look at is their breadth of experience. Are they providing basic dental services, or can they go above and beyond to give you the best experience possible. For example, Dr. Brooks has extensive experience not just with teeth cleaning and decay prevention, but also with creating invisible braces, porcelain veneers and custom bridges and crowns using CEREC 3D technology.
Another area you’ll want to check out before moving forward with a new dentist is to check their reviews. We have a bunch of great reviews here on our website, but since most dental offices control the content of their website, you’re probably not going to see any criticism by just reading reviews on their personal site. You’ll also want to check out their Facebook page and their Google page, because these reviews can’t be manipulated or hidden. These pages really help to show what people are saying about your new dentist!
Finally, you’ll also want to make sure that your insurance is accepted. We accept most major dental insurance plans, but due to always changing regulations, we don’t have a comprehensive list on our website. Instead, you can give us a call and we’ll try to confirm if we accept your insurance, or you can give the number on the back of your insurance card a call to see if we are covered under your plan. If you want to reach out to our office, give us a call at (952) 888-3000 and we’ll try to provide you with answers.
If you are planning to use insurance, you should check to see if we are in network. However, many of our patients choose to come to us out of network and pay a slightly higher fee.
So whether you’re just looking for a new place to get regular cleanings, or you want assistance with more hands-on issues like root canals or addressing sleep issues, Dr. Brooks and his team can do it all. For more information or to see what we can do for you, contact our office today.