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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
It is general dentistry and more. It has the added dimension of art. There are all the functional requirements, and, in addition, the dentist must pay close attention to the appearance of the dental work. Doing this requires special materials. Ceramic and composite technology has advanced to the point where beautiful AND durable dental work can be provided to each patient
This is an example of top-of-the-line work, very expensive, done by a general dentist. By his standards, yes, it is beautiful. The margins, the functionality, the durability are all superb. But the smile is cold and clinical—not truly beautiful in the eyes of most patients
What is a smile makeover
A smile makeover involves one or more cosmetic, dental or facial rejuvenation procedures to improve the aesthetics of your smile. A smile makeover to one person could mean something completely different to another, and it is a very individual choice. For example, some people want the perfectly white Hollywood smile makeover, or the celebrity smile with pearly white porcelain veneers. Other people may just want a simple improvement, such as the replacement of amalgam fillings with composite and teeth whitening
One difference between a cosmetic dentist and a general dentist is that a cosmetic dentist, before doing any cosmetic dentistry work that involves multiple front teeth, will often perform a smile design consultation. Cosmetic dentists understand that communication with the patient over what they expect, what they want their teeth to look like, is critical to their success. Cosmetic dentistry is a self-esteem service. As such, if the result is not pleasing to the patient, the treatment is a failure. In order for you to be happy with the result, you need to have strong input into the artistic planning of your smile. To help you accomplish that, we have this brief presentation on the three broad categories of smile design
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