We hope that you find Roseville Cosmetic Dentist helpful.  The purpose of this dental blog is to help people in Roseville CA, Rocklin CA, Lincoln CA, and the surrounding areas learn about cosmetic dentistry and the great health and social benefits that cosmetic dental work can have on a person.  This site is sponsored by Dr Charles Smurthwaite at Smile Quest Dental.  If you cannot find the answer to your question here, there are plenty of experienced dental professionals at Smile Quest that can answer your questions.

What is a Cosmetic Dentist?

Ask ten people what a cosmetic dentist is and you will get ten slightly different answers.  Officially, according to the American Dental Association, there is no such thing as a cosmetic dentist.  They actually don’t recognize the term cosmetic dentistry as a formal specialty of dentistry.  Some dentist might find this as a surprise!  So with no official recognition as a specialty, we have to rely on what is generally accepted by the public and profession at large to define what a cosmetic dentist is.  Based on a review of public domain literature, discussion with dentists, advertising media, and  general perception, cosmetic dentistry is any procedure that makes your smile better looking.  Cosmetic dentists are in the business of improving the aesthetics of your teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry is an Art

Choose your cosmetic dentist carefully.  It is true that all dentists must graduate from an accredited school of dentistry, and it is true that all dentists must meet minimum requirements to practice.  But creating the prefect smile goes beyond simple dental procedures.  A great cosmetic dentist is an artist at heart, with years of experience that are essential for understanding tooth structure, facial characteristics, and how everything comes together in a way that looks natural and proportioned.  There is nothing worse than have a cosmetic procedure done that looks too big or too white or out of proportion.  If your dentist has the artists touch, the dental procedures usually go off without a hitch.

Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures

There are many dental procedures your cosmetic dentist can use to create a great looking smile.  In one way, your dentist is a sculptor, removing some surfaces or gum material.  In another way, your dentist is a craftsman, adding structure to teeth and gums where needed.  Additionally, some teeth may be left untouched structurally but be whitened to match other teeth.  Finally, there may be structural changes to your teeth that can only be accomplished by an orthodontist.  Many cosmetic dentists will provide a referral to a trusted orthodontist and they will work as a team to provide the best possible treatment.  These procedures will be addressed in more detail in future articles here on Roseville Cosmetic Dentist.

Free Cosmetic Dental Consultations

Its pretty easy to learn about the options you have for improving your smile.  Many dentists, including Dr Smurthwaite at Smile Quest Dental, offer free initial consultations.  These consultations are very informative and can help you decide if you would benefit from cosmetic dental work.  Regardless of where you go for a consultation, keep in mind that the dentist and his staff will base the consultation on your expectations.  If you would like a low key no pressure overview of what is available, let them know that up front.  There is nothing wrong with that and they prefer knowing.  On the other hand, if you are very serious about changing your smile and appearance, and would like to move forward quickly, let them know.  The consultation can be as low key or intensive as you want.  You just have to let them know where you are at.

The consultation will include questions about what you would like to accomplish, an explanation of the cosmetic dental procedures that can accomplish your desired outcome, and information on various ways available to you for paying for the work performed by the dentist.  There are many financial options available now.

Enjoy your new smile!

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