A cosmetic dentist specializes in improving the overall appearance of the teeth, gums and mouth. Unlike traditional dentists, the cosmetic dentist does not focus primarily on the oral health, unless the oral health impacts the appearance of the smile. A cosmetic dentist uses procedures, such as orthodontics, porcelain veneers, dental implants, bonding, dental braces, bridges or teeth whitening to create beauty, balance and symmetry for the patient's mouth and face. In some cases, a smile makeover can greatly improve a patient's self esteem and self confidence. This is particularly true for patients who were previously ashamed of the appearance of their teeth. These patients typically do not smile or use their hands to hide the smile. To find a cosmetic dentist in your area, use the Cosmetic Dentistry Directory on the Consumer Guide to Dentistry.
Cosmetic dentist often refer to his or her work as a "Smile Makeover." This term is used to describe when all of the available technologies and procedures are used to improve the appearance of the smile. This may include dental work on the teeth and/or gums. To find cosmetic dentist who focus on smile makeover, you can visit the cities in the cosmetic dentist directory.
Cosmetic Dentist Directory
cosmetic dentists do not have a specific certification or advanced formal training, such as do dental specialists like prosthodontists, orthodontists, perdiodontists, or oral surgeons. Many, however, have perfected their skills through many years of experience and through ongoing post graduate education seminars and course work. Selecting a cosmetic dentist can be a difficult task. It is best to view the before and after pictures of other patients who have been treated by the cosmetic dentist. Also, referrals from patients can be very helpful. If you do not know any patients who have been treated by a cosmetic dentist that you are considering, then you should ask the dentist if he or she can provide a list of previous patients you can contact.
To learn more about oral health care, including information about cosmetic dentists, tooth decay, gum disease (periodontal disease), dental plaque, oral cancer and bad breath, visit Consumer Guide to Dentistry. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, visit this page in Infotabs.
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