Finding a good dentist can be tough. Finding a great cosmetic dentist; even tougher. Here’s why: Cosmetic dentistry is not a legally recognized dental specialty. This means that there is no restriction on a dentist saying that he or she is a cosmetic dentist. Listed below are some of the fundamental differences between a general dentist and a cosmetic dentist.

1. A cosmetic dentist is passionate about the appearance of their work and getting it to look as natural and beautiful as possible.

2. Cosmetic dentists are sensitive to the patients perception of the work. General dentists are trained in dental school that they are the best judge of what would be best for the patient.

3. General dentists are trained to fix things while a cosmetic dentist is trained to create things. General dentists tend to carry the mindset of a technician, focusing solely on detail and function. Cosmetic dentists must also carry a great attention to detail, but must also have a creative eye and attention to aesthetics.

4. Cosmetic dentists must commit themselves to extensive post doc. training and education to acquire the skill set needed to craft beautiful and natural looking smiles.

5. A cosmetic dentist understands the concept of smile design. Smile design is the art of matching the elements of beauty in a face with the shapes and alignment of the teeth.

These are just a few examples of the many differences between a cosmetic dentist and a general dentist. As a patient it’s important to do your homework when searching for a cosmetic dentist. Keeping the above information in mind and making sure you have a good rapport with your dentist will ensure successful smile makeover results.