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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Monday, March 31, 2008

How Does Cosmetic Dentistry Differ From General Dentistry?

You may hear the phrase “cosmetic dentistry” often and wonder, “What does this really mean?” Can any dentist claim to be a cosmetic dentist? I’d like to clarify what it means to be a cosmetic dentist and how this distinction can affect your choice of dentist to complete your dental work.

Cosmetic dentistry is a dental specialty requiring thousands of hours of training above and beyond that of a general dentist.

General dentist
  • Focus is primarily on functionality and health of teeth and gums, more technical or standardized treatment methods
  • More of a problem/solution or repair approach

Treatment example: Address a cavity with cavity removal and a filling placement

Cosmetic dentist

  • Focus is on aesthetic (appearance) aspect of results, combined with functional aspect
  • Focus is also on personalization and providing results tailored to individual patients
  • More room for creative solutions

Treatment example: Address uneven and discolored front teeth with custom-created porcelain veneers

The Art of Smile Design

A cosmetic dentist starts with the patient’s idea of what she/he would like the end result to look like, and then works with his tools to create a dynamic and personalized solution. A cosmetic dentist also must have an expert grasp on the materials and how they can be used for smile improvement. If there are several things you’d like to change about your smile, seek out a dentist who offers high-end cosmetic dentistry services.

When you are ready to choose a qualified cosmetic dentist, make sure the expert you choose has years of experience and an impressive portfolio of smile design results.

To learn more about how cosmetic dentistry can enhance your smile, please contact Colonial Dental Group today to schedule your appointment.

posted by Patti at 1:05 PM


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