Many people think they they will never need a cosmetic dentist, after all cosmetic dentistry is just for “Hollywood types”. This idea couldn’t be further from the truth. For example, one of your front teeth is broken accidentally. Repairing this tooth will require placing a crown (or a cap as some people call them). All dentists are trained to prepare and place dental crowns. Placing a crown in the front of the mouth that matches the surrounding teeth and has the same translucent, vibrant appearance as the adjoining “real” teeth requires extensive training beyond what is taught during a dental education.
A good example is the following photo. This patient had cosmetic dentistry performed by a general dentist that did not have higher level training and, when compared to the same smile made over by a cosmetic dentist I think the difference is obvious.
Many people have a family dentist that they trust, and the family dentist thinks that he or she can do cosmetic dentistry. The truth is that doing cosmetic dentistry well requires much specialized study. Thus, his or her attempts often need to be re-done by a true cosmetic dentist. The first dentist is probably well-intentioned and also is probably reluctant to refer the patient to an expert cosmetic dentist for fear of permanently losing that patient.
If you love your current dentist – that’s wonderful. We all hope that our patients are loyal and like coming to the office. However, if you are in the market for cosmetic dentistry – whether for an entire smile makeover like the photo above or just repairing one broken tooth so that it brings your smile back to its original beauty you need to check the cosmetic dental training and experience of your dentist.
Please contact StoneRidge Dental Care at 614-476-6696 to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation. A radiant, beautiful smile can be yours!