What Does a Cosmetic Dentist Do?


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From shops to professions and beyond, life is divided into smaller, specialized units. The same is true in dentistry. There are general dentists, and there are those who have additional training in a particular dentistry branch. These branches provide more in-depth and comprehensive knowledge in one specific area of the discipline. Such is the case with cosmetic dentistry.

A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

More than just keeping your oral health at its best, cosmetic dentistry goes a step further to ensure that your smile looks its best also. This can be as simple as whitening the teeth. In fact, throughout the world, teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure. It can brighten your teeth by several shades, and for older adults, this process can also make you look years younger.

Beyond Whitening

Some patients may require more extensive procedures to improve their smile. In addition to teeth whitening, treatments associated with cosmetic dentistry include:

Tooth-colored fillings – These composite resins are the white fillings that replaced metal fillings in anterior teeth decades ago. Thanks to advancements in dental technology and materials, they can now be used in posterior teeth. Many people choose to have their silver amalgam fillings replaced with the newer composite fillings for a more natural look.
Porcelain Veneers – These are made from ceramic. Veneers are very thin facings which cover the front of the teeth. They are bonded onto the tooth and can mask a variety of blemishes without extensive dental treatment. You can have a movie star smile with porcelain veneers in only one visit.
Ceramic Restorations – A crown can cover a broken or badly damaged tooth. This is a cap that fits over the prepared tooth and covers it down to the gum line. Crowns are permanently attached with cement.
Teeth Straightening – There are many ways to straighten teeth. Many individuals benefit from clear aligners such as Invisalign. This is a straightening system that uses clear plastic aligner trays to move the teeth into the optimal position over time gently. They do not have the constraints of metal braces. Aligners can be removed for eating and oral care. They are very discreet and usually, no one can tell you are wearing them.

Other restorative procedures, such as replacing missing teeth, can also be seen as cosmetic dentistry; however, cosmetic dentistry is elective in the strictest sense. Though it can help your oral health, cosmetic dentistry is more about appearance and enhancing your smile.

The Cosmetic Dentist

All dentists have primary education and training in general dentistry. Those who specialize or have a practice focusing on a particular branch, such as cosmetic dentistry, have additional education and training in that area. Cosmetic dentists have more extensive education and training in the aesthetics of dentistry and those procedures that enhance the appearance of an individual’s smile. They are skilled in all the general dentistry procedures as well as those of cosmetic dentistry.

Nishan Halim, DMD, has cosmetic dentistry training to help you achieve a healthy smile and a beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for a consultation and exam. Find out how beautiful your smile can become. 

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