Cosmetics

What’s the difference between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry?

A general dentist is a primary dental care provider. They offer preventative care, like teeth cleanings, and restorative dentistry treatments, such as dental fillings, crowns and bridges. Most dental treatments restore appearance as well as health and function. However, a cosmetic dentist focuses on beautifying your smile. They offer treatments aimed at improving the appearance of your teeth and gums.

Who benefits from cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry might be an option if you have:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth.
  • Small gaps or spaces between your teeth.
  • Tooth discoloration and staining.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Misaligned teeth.

Can anyone undergo cosmetic dentistry treatments?

As long as you have healthy teeth and gums, you can pursue cosmetic dental treatments. But if you have extensive cavities or gum disease, your dentist will want to address those conditions first. Once your smile is healthy again, you can decide which cosmetic treatments you want to explore.