What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is the part of dentistry that deals with the appearance of the teeth (rather than their function). This could include the color of the teeth, their size and shape, whether all of the teeth look similar in size and shape, and whether the teeth are even.
There’s a great deal of overlap between cosmetic dentistry and functional dentistry. For instance, you might need to have a cavity filled because otherwise your oral health will be at risk, but you might choose a certain type of filling over another because it looks better. You might want to have a broken tooth fixed because you don’t like the way it looks, but there may also be a functional benefit to fixing the tooth. So there isn’t a clear separation between cosmetic dentistry and dentistry as a whole.
Your smile is your most important resource, and dentistry can help you keep it bright. This section of Doctor Review is devoted to the procedures that can help you fix problems with your teeth, so you can confidently show the world your smile!
For your interest, we have some information on the history of dentistry. (Some ancient people must have looked pretty snazzy with gold in their mouths!) We’ve also got info on some of the future innovations coming down the pipeline. (Yes, lasers are involved!)
We have tons of great information on the most common dental procedures. You can find out how it’s done, how to choose a dentist, what recovery will be like, the risks and benefits, and more. To get you started, here’s a list of the procedures we cover in this section. Just click on the name of a procedure to be taken to its main educational page. You can also browse or search topics in our Education Wiki. To make sure all of the information is clear, we’ve included a Glossary defining some of the terminology that’s used here; most of the terms are also defined within the Wiki itself.
While considering the variety of procedures available, you’ll also want to take the time to find the best dentist to perform your procedure. Check out our info on How to Find the Best Dentist to help you get the search started.
Questions about dentistry or other types of procedures can be asked in our Forum. If you have a question, don’t be shy — someone is waiting to answer with the information you need, so go ahead and ask! There are likely plenty of other people out there with the same question as you. You can also browse previous questions and answers. You might even find the answers to questions you didn’t realize you had!
What About the Money?
There’s also lots of information about the cost of cosmetic dental procedures. If you’re like most people, you don’t have thousands of dollars in savings just sitting around waiting to be used for your procedure, so you might be wondering how you could possibly afford this. You do have many options, so if you’re concerned about the cost, make sure you check out our Dentistry Financing page.
And of course, since our name is Doctor Review, we have patient reviews of dentists who perform these procedures. You want a qualified dental professional, who cares about you, listens to you, and seeks to understand your goals. Read what real patients are saying about dentists in your area, to help you choose the best dentist for you.
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