Dentistry has several branches of specialty practice. Periodontists focus on gum health, oral surgeons reconstruct jaws, orthodontists straighten teeth, and so on.
Cosmetic dentistry, however, is not a recognized specialty, according to the American Dental Association.
So, what exactly is cosmetic dentistry if it’s not a specialty?
Cosmetic Dentistry: An Emphasis on Art
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on treating teeth to make them look as beautiful as possible. While general treatments makes teeth healthy and functional, cosmetic services take things a step further.
Cosmetic dental procedures include things like:
What Makes Cosmetic Dentists Different?
A cosmetic dentist will take the time to help you create the smile of your dreams. Simply filling or capping a tooth is not the answer. A dentist who focuses on aesthetics wants you to love the results and feel confident in showing off your teeth.
To make the time necessary to focus on the cosmetic aspect of his or her work, a cosmetic dentist will likely treat complicated cases by working with other specialists or hand chosen labs that specialize in cosmetic restorations.
For example, the cosmetic dentist will cover a dental implant, but might send the patient out to a surgeon for the implant procedure. Or they might bleach crooked teeth after they’ve been straightened by an orthodontist. An endodontist can do your root canal, and then a cosmetic dentist can crown the tooth.
Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t mean ignoring health or function issues in your teeth. It simply means that the dentist spends more time making your teeth look youthful, natural, or glamorous during the process.
Schedule a smile consultation today to learn how cosmetic dentistry could change your smile for the better.
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