The Difference Between Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dentistry

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Our patients want the perfect smile. And with that in mind, the aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry Shelburne residents are looking for needs to be of the highest quality. Fortunately, we aim to provide high-quality service in everything we do at our practice.

We also understand the value of education for our patients.

That’s why we wanted to take a moment to explain the difference between cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry. If you’ve always wondered how these two terms differ when it comes to dentistry, you’re in the right place!

Cosmetic vs. Aesthetic Dentistry

Many people make the mistake of using “cosmetic dentistry” and “aesthetic dentistry” interchangeably, when, in fact, the terms are unique.

To be sure, there are some similarities. Both cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry deal with the appearance of your teeth and smile, for example. But ultimately, the aims of each type are different.

Cosmetic Dentistry

You might think of cosmetic dentistry as a dental practice that focuses more on appearances. In other words, the internal structure of your mouth is not necessarily the priority. Therefore, things like the state of your gums, how your jaw is situated, how your teeth are aligned, each tooth’s relationship to those surrounding it, etc. are not routinely addressed in this area of practice.

What is included in cosmetic dentistry are procedures that affect the visual aspects of your teeth and gums. For example, cosmetic dentistry may focus on crowns and veneers, and it can also fix issues such as discoloured or crooked teeth.

Aesthetic Dentistry

Aesthetic dentistry focuses more on what lies beneath the surface, and fixing these issues can, in turn, affect appearances. For example, the need for a crown or veneer might be caused by an underlying problem, and in this case, an aesthetic dentistry practice is going to be more focused on fixing this core issue — rather than just providing a solution to the surface-level problem. Both artistic and scientific principles are at work in aesthetic dentistry.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that appearance doesn’t matter. Aesthetic dentistry treats the underlying problems, but, inevitably, this will result in a brighter, more natural-looking smile. Overall, the main goal is to improve the patient’s oral health.

Are You a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Basically, cosmetic dental procedures can improve the appearance of your teeth and smile, so if these are areas you would like to improve, then you are likely a wonderful candidate for cosmetic dentistry.

Dentistry at Shelburne Village Dental

At Shelburne Village Dental, our goal is to provide exactly what you need in terms of dentistry services. If your oral health is fine, but you would like to improve the appearance of your teeth with a teeth whitening service, we can help. If you’ve been experiencing discomfort when you bite down, and it is determined that a root canal will fix the issue, we can help.

Our ultimate goal is to help you achieve healthy teeth and gums and a smile you can be proud of. Our list of services includes cosmetic dentistry procedures as well as general dentistry procedures, implants, and dentistry services designed especially for kids.

Cosmetic Dentistry Shelburne

Are there things you would like to improve about your smile? Are you experiencing pain or discomfort when you eat or brush? Perhaps you’re unhappy with your bite or you’d like us to take a look at a gap between two teeth. No matter what dental concerns you face, Shelburne Village Dental is here to help. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Our patients will always be our first priority. We are devoted to creating an exceptional experience with every patient that walks into our office.

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