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How Is a Cosmetic Dentist Different from a General Dentist?

September 15, 2013
Posted By: Ryan Smith, DDS


When you meet a person for the first time, what do you notice first? Studies have shown that you will likely look at their eyes first… and then their smile. This means that your smile is a key piece of every first impression you make.

Cosmetic Dentist

An attractive, healthy smile makes you feel better. You feel more confident and more comfortable. When your smile looks good, you smile more – and it’s well known that a smile is contagious!

 Both cosmetic dentists and general dentists are invested in the health and aesthetics of your smile. There’s no question that regular preventive care will improve the appearance of your smile and prevent damage from decay. In most cases, a healthy smile is an attractive smile. But what if your smile is healthy but your teeth are still crooked, discolored, or have other aesthetic flaws? That’s where a cosmetic dentist comes in.

What Is a Cosmetic Dentist?

A cosmetic dentist is a general dentist who has received extra training and certification in cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening, adult orthodontics (like Invisalign), cosmetic bonding, all-porcelain crowns, or porcelain veneers. The cosmetic dentist may have studied these procedures in dental school or during a residency or taken continuing education courses later in their career to learn the procedures.

All dentists value the aesthetics of a good smile. This can be seen in general dentistry advances like the transition from amalgam fillings to tooth-colored composite resin fillings, from metal crowns to ceramic and zirconium crowns, and from bridges and dentures to dental implants.

Does Dental Health Matter to a Cosmetic Dentist?

Your dental health is just as important to a cosmetic dentist as it is to a general dentist. Some cosmetic procedures, like all-porcelain crowns and orthodontic treatments like Invisalign, have a direct impact on your dental health, repairing a severely damaged tooth or reducing your risk for decay and gum disease. Additionally, many cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, should not be performed if your dental health is compromised by cavities or gum disease.

If your dental health does not indicate the use of cosmetic procedures at this time, we can work with you to improve your health so that cosmetic dentistry will become an option.

Call Our Hillsboro Dental Office

Are you ready to improve the appearance of your smile? Call our office today to schedule a consultation to find out if cosmetic dentistry is right for you and which procedures would help you to meet your goals. 

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