This article explains the difference between a general dentist who does cosmetic dental services and a cosmetic dentist who has been specially trained in this field.
Many general dentists in today’s day and age are doing cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. They may even advertise themselves as cosmetic dentists even though they are actually just general dentists who do some cosmetic procedures. It can be confusing sometimes for consumers to discern the difference since there is no set of regulations for the practice of cosmetic dentistry or the use of that term in marketing materials. As long as a person is licensed in the field of dentistry, they may call themselves a cosmetic dentist in Colorado Springs or Pueblo.
Now sometimes, you might not actually need a fully trained cosmetic dentist. Sometimes a good general dentist will do. For instance, for routine cleaning and maintenance of your dental implants or porcelain veneers, your regular general dentist’s office should suffice. If you have a general dentist that you know and prefer to see on a regular basis (which may be more affordable than going to a cosmetic dentist for a routine cleaning and checkup), it can be a smart step to choose the general dentist for routine occasions.
However, if you are in need of an ultimate smile makeover, you will need to see a cosmetic dentist in Colorado Springs or Pueblo if you want to have the absolute finest results. For instance, if you need your teeth whitened, a general dentist will probably make impressions of your mouth and then send you home with an expensive home whitening kit. The guesswork will be up to you concerning how long to leave the trays in your mouth, and the entire process could take weeks of wearing these trays for a certain amount of time each day. A cosmetic dentist will whiten your teeth professionally in his office. The entire process will likely only take an hour, and the financial expense will likely be very similar in this case to the whitening kit that a general dentist will sell to you.
If you need porcelain veneers or a porcelain crown for a dental implant, you will without question want to go to a cosmetic dentist, rather than a general dentist who can place a veneer or crown. The difference in the finished result is quite striking. A cosmetic dentist will use a professional ceramicist who will custom-make your veneers to best fit your mouth and facial shape. The veneers will look like natural teeth, except that they won’t stain like a natural tooth, and they will likely not need to be replaced for a couple of decades. A general dentist in Colorado Springs will not custom-make your veneers. They will be shaped exactly like everyone else’s veneers, and they may start to turn yellowish after a few years or even months. People may compliment you and say, “Your veneers are lovely. Who did them?” When you go to a cosmetic dentist, people will say you have a beautiful smile, but they will have no idea you actually have dental veneers.