How Do General & Cosmetic Dentists Differ?
February 2, 2023
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the demand for cosmetic dental work has actually doubled within the last five years, meaning that more patients than ever before are opting to brighten their smiles with cosmetic dentistry! But you might be wondering what exactly labels a dentist as a “cosmetic dentist” and why they’re worth visiting for smile enhancement. Here’s more about some of the differences between general and cosmetic dentistry and why a cosmetic dentist in Daytona Beach might be the best person to help you achieve your smile goals.
General Dentistry vs. Cosmetic Dentistry
A dentist’s skillset usually consists of three main categories: preventing oral health issues, identifying, and then treating potential issues, and improving the appearance of a patient’s smile. These categories are often dubbed “preventive,” “restorative,” and “cosmetic” dentistry, respectively. Throughout their education and well beyond their graduation, dentists complete thousands of hours of additional training dedicated to preventive and restorative treatment procedures. However, less time is generally spent on cosmetic training in favor of training that directly benefits overall oral health.
The Path to Becoming a Cosmetic Dentist
This means that cosmetic dentists must dedicate a lot of outside time to their knowledge and training. This involves continuing education and certifications, accreditation programs, and of course, lots of practice! While many of the procedures in cosmetic dentistry can be performed by a general dentist, only highly trained cosmetic dentists can give you lasting solutions that truly look and feel natural and boost your confidence.
How to Find the Right Cosmetic Dentist for Your Smile
If you’re searching for a cosmetic dentist, there are several things to keep in mind such as your desired smile goals and what a cosmetic dentist is generally capable of. Most dentists have their specialty training listed on their website, and you can also read through their bios to learn more about any specific professional organizations they’re a member of. A couple of notable organizations to look for include the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, as well as the Academy of General Dentistry.
Some dentists also include before-and-after photos, which can be particularly useful when you want to see what they can do. Of course, scheduling a consultation with a dentist is perhaps the most surefire way of determining how they can help you achieve the smile you’re dreaming of!
About the Practice
Dr. David R. Lloyd received his dental doctorate from the Emory University School of Dentistry and is a proud member of numerous professional dental organizations, including the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry. His practice in Daytona Beach is thrilled to offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services. If you have any questions for Dr. Lloyd or would like to arrange a visit to enhance your smile, you can contact him through his practice’s website or over the phone: (386) 253-3629.
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