Cosmetic Dentistry – Part 1

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Any dental work that primarily focuses on the appearance of the teeth, gums, or a patient’s bite. These procedures do not necessarily improve the functionality of teeth but instead concentrate on the dental aesthetics in size, shape, color, position, alignment and overall appearance of a patient’s teeth and smile. This is fast becoming one of the most sought after dental services available.

Cosmetic Dentistry according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

In truth, any dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. Because there are no measurable ADA standards, any dentist can advertise these services without any specialized training. When a dentist performs teeth whitening, that is a form of cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants or veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic Dentistry: any dental process applied with the purpose of improving a patient’s smile appearance. The end result is patients relying on a dentist who may not be as qualified as other dentists.

Knowing that dentists can advertise cosmetic services without having any specialized training, it is challenging to find a good cosmetic dentist. Without a clear ADA guideline for cosmetic dentistry, finding the right dentist can be tricky. Thankfully there are a variety of things patients can do to help find the right person for the job.

Coming up in our next segment, we will discuss some of the things patients can do for themselves to help locate the right DDS for you. Stay tuned for Part II of our series on cosmetic dentistry.