Standard vs. Cosmetic Dentists – What’s the Difference?

There’s a big difference between a standard dentist and a specializing cosmetic dentist. There are basically two different reasons why a person would seek the services of a dentist – health reasons or purely cosmetic reasons. As such, it makes sense that when it’s a cosmetic procedure you’re in the market for, it should be entrusted to a specialist cosmetic dentist.

Is There Really a Difference?

iStock_000019643440XSmallOne of the best ways of illustrating the difference is to think about how you might go about a home improvement. If one of your walls was about to fall down and needed a patch up, you’d call a building firm to repair it. By contrast, if the same wall was in good condition but needed in some way restyling, you’d call a decorator.

It’s a crude illustration, of course, though does help clarify where the difference lies. The job of the standard dentist is to make sure that your teeth are healthy, do their job right, and live in a mouth that’s free from general health issues. By contrast, a cosmetic dentist’s job is to make sure that your already healthy teeth look every bit as good as they can.

There is, of course, some overlap – most of which falls in the corner of the cosmetic dentist. Generally speaking, a cosmetic dentist will be able to do at least 99% of the same procedures as a regular dentist – X-Rays, extractions, root canals, deep cleaning, and so on – but will also offer many additional treatments for aesthetic enhancement.

So next time you find yourself considering a cosmetic dental procedure, make sure you hire the right person for the job!