What is it that really separates a cosmetic dentist from other dentists? Technically, there is no speciality defined as cosmetic dentistry, so what ties together all cosmetic dentists? It’s an attitude toward dental care that says that “good enough” is never good enough. A cosmetic dentist holds herself to a higher standard that her restorations can’t be just functional, they have to be attractive and durable, too.
A dentist who isn’t concerned about the appearance of restorations likely has fewer options for your dental restorations. If it works, then that’s what he’s going to offer.
A cosmetic dentist, on the other hand, is very concerned about the appearance of restorations and so maintains a number of different options. She will be able to offer you a wide range of restorations that are functional and beautiful. Consider tooth-colored fillings. While a general dentist may offer just one option, a cosmetic dentist may offer multiple options, including an inexpensive option (resin composite), an attractive option (lithium disilicate), a highly durable option (zirconia), and more! This helps you get the restoration that best meets your needs.
A dentist who is equipped to place and monitor quality dental restorations is likely better prepared with a wider range of tools. This includes many tools and technologies that can make a big difference during your regular dental checkups.
One example in our office is the DIAGNODent laser cavity detection system. This tool allows us to scan for cavities that exist under the surface of your teeth, which can be quite large, even though they might not be detectable by the naked eye or on x-ray. And that’s just one example of many technologies that cosmetic dentists employ.
Cosmetic dentists are among the best trained dentists in the profession. While many other dentists are just concerned about maintaining their licenses, cosmetic dentists are going above and beyond to learn the newest approaches to ensure that they are able to live up to their own challenging standards of what constitutes quality dental care.
This constant striving for the best techniques available to give great results is why Dr. Nancy Nehawandian has taken over 2600 hours of continuing education and has been awarded four fellowships by prestigious international dental schools and associations.
A dentist who only focuses on basic restorations probably approaches fitting from a basic approach, looking only at the local environment. A cosmetic dentist, on the other hand, has done enough smile makeovers that she will look at fitting restorations into the entire smile.
It’s not a coincidence that the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI)–where Dr. Nehawandian earned one of her fellowships–focuses on both cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry, which focuses on harmonizing all the elements of the bite, including the teeth, jaw joints, jaw muscles, and more. This larger perspective can lead to a better fit for your restorations.
Smile Will Look Beautiful
Let’s not neglect the most important benefit of working with a cosmetic dentist at all times: they will always ensure that your smile looks beautiful. Remember, it’s not just cosmetic dentistry procedures like porcelain veneers that affect the appearance of your smile. Fillings, crowns, and even the results of gum disease treatment can impact the appearance of your smile.
Your smile will look a lot better if a cosmetic dentist is performing these procedures.
If You Need a Cosmetic Dentist
And then you have to consider that you may someday want a cosmetic dentist to do a smile makeover or a dental implant. The difficulty of looking for a second dentist you trust can be considerable, but if you are already working with a cosmetic dentist, then you’re already set. There’s no need to look for anyone else.