What Is a Cosmetic Dentist?

cosmetic dentistry dallasDid you know that any dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist? Cosmetic dentistry is not a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association, and many dentists use the term freely, without actually considering what it means to be a cosmetic dentist. A truly cosmetic dentist must meet several criteria to create smiles that discerning dental patients praise. I’ve been practicing cosmetic dentistry in the Dallas area for many years and have extensive training in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Here are a few important distinctions that help set a cosmetic dentist apart from the rest.

  • Training – A cosmetic dentist has devoted many hours of continuing education mastering the art of cosmetic dentistry. As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, I dedicate time and resources each year to discovering the latest cosmetic dental techniques.
  • Approach – A general dentist fixes problems. A cosmetic dentist creates beautiful smiles. Many general dentists may turn patients away, claiming there’s nothing wrong with their teeth. A cosmetic dentist listens to the patient’s concerns and offers a solution to reveal his or her smile’s full potential.
  • Materials – The materials a cosmetic dentist uses have qualities that closely resemble those of natural teeth. Translucency, color, and texture are carefully evaluated to ensure optimal results. Mastering the subtleties of materials, as well as bonding techniques takes experience, skill, and advanced training.
  • Perception – In addition to functionality, a cosmetic dentist considers the patient’s overall facial dimensions, as well as his or her personality and coloring. A cosmetic dentist must combine his own artistic vision with that of the patient to deliver results that exceed the patient’s expectations. This quality can be very difficult, if not impossible, to teach to someone who does not possess an artistic inclination.

I’ve created many success stories for Dallas-area residents. Click here to view my smile gallery and see the difference a cosmetic dentist can make for your smile. If you’ve been considering cosmetic dentistry, call my Dallas/Plano dental office at 214.35.SMILE and reserve a personal consultation. You deserve the care of an expert in the field of cosmetic dentistry.