There is a common misconception among the public about cosmetic and general dentistry.
What does cosmetic and general dentistry mean?
People often use cosmetic and general in describing dental procedures- cosmetic, for example when it comes to teeth whitening or when someone simply wants to improve their appearance when smiling but there is a big difference between cosmetic and general dentistry.
Cosmetic is a big part of general dentistry.
In cosmetic dentistry, you make changes to your smile or teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance – what people see – while in general dentistry, you’re working on a patient’s oral health, not just their appearance.
Put in another way, cosmetic dentistry is elective, while general dentistry is necessary.
One of the most common procedures cosmetic dentists perform is teeth whitening- something that can brighten your smile and make you look younger.
But there are other cosmetic procedures that can be done as well like porcelain veneers, which are thin shells that are placed over teeth to change their shape or color.
These cosmetic procedures can improve your oral health, but they’re mainly done to improve the way your smile looks.
General dentists can also offer more non-cosmetic procedures as well, like root canal therapy and dental implants.
Cosmetic dentistry is elective, while general dentistry is necessary.
Cosmetic procedures are typically done to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth, while general dentists offer a wider range of cosmetic and non-cosmetic procedures
If you’re looking for a dentist who can help you with both your cosmetic and general needs, you should see a general dentist
It’s important to know the difference between the two before you make an appointment!