Introduction to Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry which aims to improve the appearance or smile of a person. It is not a formal branch of dentistry but consists of a range of cosmetic dental procedures which are performed by a dentist. Cosmetic dentistry overlaps a few branches of dentistry and includes Orthodontics, Periodontics, Oral Surgery and Prosthodontics.
What exactly is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry can be described as an art in which dental work is carried out with out compromising on the aesthetics or appearance of a patient. It focuses on use of advance materials and latest dental technology to provide dental work which is as close as possible to a natural acceptable appearance. It also consists of combination of cosmetic procedures to modify and improve a smile of a person, a concept often termed as smile make-over.
Why should I prefer a cosmetic dentist over a general dentist?
Cosmetic dentists are well trained in performing procedures that improve the smile/appearance of a patient. Cosmetic dentists usually complete extra training after graduation in specific fields of cosmetic dentistry such as tooth whitening, tooth veneers, orthodontics, dental implants etc. So, if you are concerned about retaining a beautiful smile along with getting dental work done, you should go for a cosmetic dentist.
Who is a cosmetic dentist?
A cosmetic dentist will have accreditation in addition to the dental degree. He may have a post graduate degree/diploma involving a single or multiple fields of cosmetic dentistry. He/She may also have attended workshops or have accreditation or fellowship from the American academy of cosmetic dentistry. So, a cosmetic dentist is simply a dentist with supplemental education or training in a single or multiple fields of cosmetic dentistry
How to go about getting cosmetic dental treatment?
It is essential to choose a cosmetic dentist for your needs. It is important that you have a specific concern which you would like addressed by the dentist. A cosmetic dentist will examine you and suggest treatment options for your concern. He/She may also find additional concerns which will be informed to you.