Your Cosmetic Dentist differs from your local dentist in one main way, its pretty simple really. In summary, cosmetic dentistry focuses on how you mouth, teeth and smile looks, whereas your local dentists is more interested in fixing cavities and diagnosing tooth decay (ie diagnosing and prevention). Make Sense? Think of your local cosmetic dentist as someone you ‘want’ to pay ridiculous money, and your more run of the mill dentist is someone you ‘need’ to pay a small fortune. ie working on your appearance is not something which is absolutely necessary, whereas your local dentist is someone who is needed in an emergency when you cant stand the pain from a nasty cavity. H. Peter Ku, D.D.S., PA
But, the gap between your local dentist and a cosmetic dentist is closing fast. For example, fillings (traditionally composed primarily of gold, amalgam and other materials) are something which most people despise and see as ugly right? Well cosmetic dentistry now has the ability to match your fillings, using porcelain or the like, to your teeth! Pretty cool hey? You can also remove old fillings and replace with appearance friendly fillings ensuring your smile looks a brilliant white!
Advancements in technology is a huge factor which again is closing the gap between traditional methods and the cutting edge. Some of the methods used are now very conservative, durable and predictable. Your natural style will be restored and ‘optimised’ whereas before it was not uncommon for the patient to walk out of a surgery with facial features vaguely resembling the person who walked in a few days earlier! Your local cosmetic dentist now has the ability to buy lasers at a reasonable price which means that they don’t have to refer to a specialist and can keep 99% of their business in house.