I was recently looking through some Bayside cosmetic dentists to deal with a small issue (that I won’t go into here), and it got me thinking about the very idea of cosmetic dentistry. I’ve written a lot in the past about different professions people know very little about, and while we all think we have a pretty good idea what it means to be a dentist, most of us are far less aware of what a cosmetic dentist is.

To find out what a cosmetic dentist is, we can simply break down the term. “Cosmetics,” as we all know from cosmetic surgery, is about improving someone’s appearance. This is in contrast to traditional dentistry, where the goal is to keep teeth healthy or to deal with issues that are causing pain or may cause illness (e.g., taking care of cavities, providing fillings and crowns, extracting teeth, and so on).

That makes sense when you think about it. After all, a traditional dentist can take care of fillings and crowns, and so why not provide more aesthetically pleasing options like porcelain crowns and white fillings that make teeth look natural and healthy instead of covered in metal.

So, a cosmetic dentist is just the side of dentistry that takes care of teeth for the sake of appearances instead of health. What sort of procedures do these cosmetic dentists do?

As mentioned above, part of it is providing quality fillings and crowns, but there is much more. There are braces and other forms of teeth straightening, for instance. Cosmetic dentists also help with chipped and broken teeth. They can provide dentures and implants as well, for those who need not just tooth repair but a whole tooth overhaul. There are even more complicated procedures, such as getting rid of dark gums, an issue where some people have dark patches on the gums that some feel is unsightly.

This is only scratching the surface, apparently. In truth, as with all dental and medical professionals, there are a large number of procedures and treatments available at a cosmetic dentist.

I hope that information is helpful for those who are interested in learning more about dentistry, either as a career option or in preparation for visiting a dentist themselves. If you are in the process of finding a cosmetic dentist, be sure to follow all the same steps you would when looking for any other medical professional for treatment. Ask around for recommendations, read reviews online, and consult with insurance to find out which dentists and what procedures are covered.

Cosmetic dentists provide a tremendous service for our communities. Even if we rarely think about them, teeth are essential for all of us. They aren’t just there for chewing, either. They are a crucial part of how we see ourselves and how others see us, and cosmetic dentists make sure we always get the most from them.

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