What is the difference between a cosmetic dentist and a general dentist? Some may say one concentrates more on the appearance of the teeth using techniques such as teeth whitening, implants, porcelain crowns or bridges to improve the smile. The other one fixes problems such as root canals, cavities, and infections, alleviating any pain or discomfort. Although neither are wrong answers, there is a difference between a cosmetic dentist and a general dentist.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there is officially no such thing as a specialization in cosmetic dentistry. Therefore, a general dentist can perform many of the same procedures as a cosmetic dentist without any special training in cosmetic dentistry. That’s the tricky part that may be what causes all the confusion. Usually, a dentist who calls himself a cosmetic dentist, has free willingly spent his time and money on extensive training in cosmetic dental procedures. Even though that is not always the case, the proof is in the additional certificates they have acquired after a dental degree.
I have met a number of people who had restorative work done by their general dentist, who didn’t have the necessary training in cosmetic dentistry. The work was done, but they were very disappointed with the results. Although the problem was fixed, their smiles looked unnatural. Some wanted to have the work redone and ended up seeking a cosmetic dentist to improve their smiles. If you truly want quality work and to improve the appearance of your smile, there are many benefits in selecting a cosmetic dentist.
A cosmetic dentist is passionate about improving the appearance of a patients smile. Meeting a patients’ needs is a reason alone that influences them to acquire the additional training. While a general dentist may focus more on functionality of the teeth, a cosmetic dentist will focus on the functionality and the art of a smile. The technologies, materials, and procedures in cosmetic dentistry give the dentist more options to creating a natural flawless smile for the patient.
If you want the best results, you may understand why its important to choose a dentist with certifications in cosmetic dentistry. Ask your dentist for their qualifications and experience or see their credentials. Otherwise Dr. Joseph Gendler has an office in the Twin Cities area. He has completed many cosmetic cases and has years of experience. Read some of the testimonials on his website or set up a meeting with him to discuss your needs and concerns. Don’t forget to see the before and after photos of his patients!