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What’s the Difference Between a Cosmetic and a General Dentist?

September 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drgoodman @ 3:53 am

Smiling woman posing in chairGeneral and cosmetic dentists can offer overlapping services, but there are big differences between the two. A general dentist focuses on the health and preservation of your teeth. They offer a variety of preventive and restorative treatments, whereas aesthetics are the priority of a cosmetic dentist. They strive to improve the appearance of your smile while also creating solutions that support your oral health and functions. Here’s why you should choose a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry to revamp your pearly whites.

Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t involve a single procedure. Instead, it consists of various services used to improve the color, size, shape, and alignment of your teeth. They consider other factors as well, like your gum line, midline, and many other components associated with an attractive smile. 

Since no two mouths or situations are identical, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Your cosmetic dentist will examine your mouth and learn more about your goals to determine which procedures are right for you, which may include:

Porcelain Veneers

A veneer is a very thin restoration that’s bonded to the front side of a tooth, instantly improving its appearance. Applying veneers to the teeth visible when smiling corrects several issues at once, like stains, gaps, and chips. After just two appointments, you can achieve a dazzling smile, with results that can last for 10 years or more.

Metal-Free Dental Restorations

Metal restorations don’t have to be the focal point of your smile. All-ceramic materials can be used to create dental crowns that blend in with your teeth. They are made to match the color, size, and shape of your real teeth to look natural. They are a durable and biocompatible solution to promote a healthy, beautiful smile.

Direct Bonding

A cosmetic resin is shaded to the color of your enamel to blend in with your tooth when used to fix various issues, like tooth decay, exposed roots, or chips. The minimally invasive procedure offers a lot of bang for your buck because it is convenient and affordable.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Your teeth can get 8 shades whiter using the convenience of an over-the-counter product while achieving in-office results. Your cosmetic dentist will give you everything you need to whiten your teeth gradually by using the kit daily for about 2 weeks.

Virtual Smile Design Technology

Cosmetic dentistry is a big investment, and it’s normal to have some concerns. Choose a dentist with virtual smile design technology, which allows you to see the changes that will be made. You can see what your new smile will look like before committing to anything.

About Dr. Jeremy Goodman

Dr. Goodman earned his dental degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and has continued his education in Advanced General Dentistry. He has regularly pursued additional training in many specialties, including cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Goodman uses the latest technologies and techniques to create healthy, confident smiles. Request an appointment through our website or call (410) 849-6247.

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