Cosmetic dental services and family dentistry services are entirely different. While it is common for dentists to offer both cosmetic and family dental services (we certainly do, and with a holistic approach) not all dentists are adequately trained in both areas.
If you need a cosmetic dental procedure, we recommend seeking out a qualified cosmetic dentist, like Dr. Bis, for this type of very skilled and technique-sensitive treatment. In this blog, we’ll explain the three reasons to see a cosmetic dentist and why you’ll benefit.
What’s the difference between a family dentist and cosmetic dentist?
A family dentist deals with fillings, cleanings, and sometimes crowns when it’s an individual tooth. Their focus is on oral care, including preventative measures and maintenance to keep teeth, gums, and mouth healthy.
A cosmetic dentist deals with aesthetics and the patient’s perception of how they see themselves and how the world sees them. The goals, process, and results are very different. A cosmetic dentist needs an entirely different skillset to achieve results that the patient will love.
How a cosmetic dentist can help fix your smile
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, a cosmetic dentist can recommend and make changes to improve the overall look and feel of your teeth. Many techniques can be used, including orthodontics, Invisalign, teeth whitening, bridges, crowns, implants, porcelain veneers, and full mouth restorations. Each case is unique, and often there are multiple ways to solve a problem which why it is worth investing the time to research who should do the work.
Full mouth restoration
A full mouth restoration, also known as a smile makeover, addresses all upper teeth, lower teeth or both, taking your occlusion, or the way your teeth fit together, into account. It is used to correct misaligned teeth, broken or chipped teeth, worn teeth (from grinding or habits like nail biting), or teeth that have been heavily restored. It can also be used to restore a bite that has changed due to wear, trauma, old dentistry, poorly done dentistry, or even ageing.
Partial mouth restoration
A part smile restoration is a way to fix issues involving a few teeth when the rest of the teeth are in good shape. Usually, a partial mouth restoration is used when you have a few teeth that could use cosmetic dentistry, but the rest of your mouth is in good condition, including your bite.
Top 3 benefits a cosmetic dentist will offer
The methods and materials for cosmetic dentistry are different from general dentistry. They are highly specific and technique sensitive, which results in a high learning curve to use them. If a dentist isn’t using cosmetic dental materials daily or skipping certain steps that are critical to a great outcome, mistakes can happen and work won’t last and breaks down soon after the procedure.
The Golden Proportion
The golden proportion is a principle that is critical to a beautiful smile and only taught at postgraduate cosmetic dentistry institutions. It has to do with understanding symmetry and balance to create a visually pleasing result. Understandably this is incredibly important when making over a smile. Without additional training and a thorough understanding of proportions, treated teeth run the risk of looking out of place or completely fake.
Client Care Specific to Cosmetic Patients
People who seek out cosmetic dentistry are, in general, more educated about what they are looking for as well as more analytical in the exact result they want to achieve. Cosmetic patients have expectations about the outcome, which is different from a routine check-up where the dentist will advise on what the outcome should be. For a dentist who is not fluent in cosmetic dentistry, this can be overwhelming, and result in mistakes or challenges that they are not able to handle.
No two dentists are alike. Before deciding on treatment, do the research and make sure the training and experience line up with the outcome you hope to achieve.
People who love their smile are more confident in their personal and professional lives. If you have questions about your smile or cosmetic dentistry, call 905-338-6684 or fill out the form below to get in touch with Oakville cosmetic dentist Dr. Agatha Bis.
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