Delving in to the Topic of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Posted on: Jul 30 2016
The phrase “cosmetic dentistry” is so common today, liberally sprinkled into just about every ad or social media post developed by dental offices around the world. Because of this, it is oh so easy to assume that this niche is one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Not so! But does this really matter? Let’s look at cosmetic dentistry, what it does, and how you can recognize when you have found the right cosmetic dentist to perform your selected services.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry
This area of dentistry differs from general dentistry in its focus on aesthetics. Yes, clean, healthy teeth are attractive; but for many people, there is more to it than that. Cosmetic dental treatments like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are performed with the sole intent of adding more beauty to the smile. It is not just the type of service that is performed, but the thoroughness in which care is conducted, and this is where training and certifications make all the difference in the world.
If no Specialty, then what IS a Cosmetic Dentist?
This is a good question to ask because it will help you navigate your quest to a gorgeous smile. A true cosmetic dentist is one who has achieved the extensive training, and has demonstrated proven abilities in order to gain proper accreditation from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry; not membership, but accreditation! Some of the training institutions that Dr. Flax has attended include the Pankey institute and the Kois Center.
The training that is required for accreditation is rigorous, and it is followed by an extensive testing process that includes the presentation of numerous clinical cases. From this process, a cosmetic dentist gains the insights that are necessary to achieve the expected results from treatments like porcelain veneers, crowns, and even tooth replacement. Patients of our Atlanta office realize very quickly that we take our time in the planning and performance of cosmetic dentistry, collaborating with them every step of the way, and refusing to bond final restorations into place until the desired aesthetic result has been achieved.
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