Ever wonder what the difference between a cosmetic dentist and a general dentist is? You may be surprised to learn that although they are both ‘dentists’ the work they perform is not the same. A Cosmetic Dentist chooses to undergo additional education and training in order to hone in on the cosmetic aspect of dentistry, on top of the normal education required of a general dentist.
General dentists focus their practice on fixing dental problems associated with pain or discomfort and good oral hygiene. General Dentists also focus on: filling cavities, performing root canals, pulling teeth, routine check-ups, and other dental repairs. While General Dentists can offer a limited number of cosmetic procedures, the cosmetic dentists provide procedures such as cosmetic porcelain veneers, dental veneers matching to surrounding teeth and opposing smile, design smiles, do shade or color matching to precisely what the patient desires. The best Cosmetic dentists, evaluate the relation ship of each individual tooth to your smile and lip line, making sure your smile is an awesome one.
Patients that visit a general dentist for cosmetic procedures may be missing out on superior care & superior technology!
Cosmetic Dentists focus on making your smile look healthier & more aesthetically pleasing, rather than improving function or preventing cavities. A cosmetic dentist is typically trained in restorative procedures such as dental implants or make color and shape match. Most cosmetic dentists will perform mockups or wax up prior to have dental reconstruction.
Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists may also differ on their approaches to common problems. If you chip your tooth, for example, your general dentist can absolutely bond the tooth to restore form. A Cosmetic Dentist will also bond the tooth, but he will be sure to exactly match the coloring of the affected tooth & the surrounding teeth.
If you are visiting a family dentist or a general dentist for your cosmetic needs, you also need to find a cosmetic dentist! While your family dentist will ensure the health of your teeth, a Cosmetic Dentist can help you achieve that celebrity smile.
For more information about cosmetic dentistry vs. general dentistry, feel free to ask us at any time. Dr Anthony Mobasser has been practicing Cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry for more than 25 years, and is one of the top cosmetic dentists in the U.S. You may contact him at 310-550-0383 for your cosmetic dental needs.