Trying to be a smart dental consumer on today’s dental landscape can leave your head spinning. Not even mentioning the vast array of over-the-counter products that all claim to be just what you need for the very best dental health, how can you be an informed participant in decisions about your care in the dental office? You could go to 5 different dentists and get 5 different treatment plans-does that mean 1 is right and the other 4 are wrong? Not at all, it is just a reflection of different philosophies, different experience, and each dentist knowing what works best in their own hands. Take choosing a particular material for a crown-there are many choices today. Some may be a good choice for one patient, while others will work better for a patient who grinds their teeth. Some dental laboratories may do a superb job with one material, while other labs specialize in another material. There are so many factors that go into every treatment recommendation, and even with the best intentions there will be times when the first try doesn’t work out. Bottom line? Find a dentist and dental team you are comfortable with, who listen to you, and who stand behind their work. And just trust them.