What Is a Cosmetic Dentist? | San Diego Dentist
Despite popular belief, there is no official dental specialty for cosmetic dentistry. There are, however, countless courses, training programs and advanced training which can allow a general dentist to master the art of dentistry. When considering cosmetic dentistry, start with a consultation.
What to Expect During Your Cosmetic Consultation
Just as you wouldn’t paint a house that has yet to be built, you wouldn’t want to address the aesthetics of your smile, prior to ensuring the foundation is healthy and functional. For this reason, you may learn that you have a need for restorative or orthodontic care before receiving the cosmetic plan. This can be disappointing for some patients, however, most agree that having a strong and healthy smile is even more important than its appearance.
During your cosmetic consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to explain to our team how you’d like your smile to appear. With modern technology and procedures, our team can address and solve a variety of concerns, including:
- Diastema (gaps between teeth)
- Whitening a dull smile
- Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Building up worn teeth
- Crown lengthening (to correct a “gummy” smile)
- Misaligned or crooked teeth
The services recommended during your consultation may include one or more of the following:
- Porcelain veneers
- Teeth whitening
- Inlays and onlays
- Dental Implants
- Tooth-colored fillings
During your appointment, you’ll not only express what you envision for your smile, but our team will provide you with a detailed plan for how to achieve your goals. From there, you’ll be able to plan the appointments, financing and more. Often a few small changes can drastically improve the appearance of a smile. It’s very possible that in 1-2 short visits, you can be smiling with confidence.
If you’ve considered cosmetic dentistry, but aren’t sure where to start, contact us. Our team of professionals will provide you with an individual plan.