What does a cosmetic dentist do?

A cosmetic dentist is usually a dentist who has taken additional training in procedures which are designed to improve the smile of his or her patient. There are some cosmetic dentists who focus exclusively on these options but in many cases the cosmetic dentist is also the same individual you will see for routine dental care such as cleanings and fillings. Although cosmetic dentistry in Mansfield Ohio is a specialty, the dentist who performs the work, like general or family dentists, are concerned with the patients overall oral health.

There are a number of procedures that can be performed by the cosmetic dentist; these procedures range from teeth whitening, color matched fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges and others. In most cases the cosmetic procedures are elective and are not a medical necessity but as they enhance the smile and reinforce the self-confidence of the patient, it is a worthwhile undertaking.

Think of cosmetic dentistry in Mansfield Ohio as “smile design.” The dentist works closely with the patient, understanding what it is that he desires in the way of looks and feel. Although regular visits to the dentist and routine treatments are extremely important to overall dental health, the teeth will never look perfect if they are not healthy to begin with. Cosmetic treatments are more oriented toward the patient than the patient’s health. In the case of those dentists who offer both general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, this can prove to be an ideal combination for the patient as the dentist is completely aware of the background and history.

The costs for cosmetic dentistry in Mansfield Ohio vary depending on the procedure and the extent of the work as well as the experience of the dentist. A reasonably simple tooth whitening procedure can be accomplished in a single setting, it is even possible to purchase a whitening kit from the dentist and apply the surface gel at home. If tooth whitening using gels or bleach does not perform, then the dentist will most likely suggest that the teeth be fitted with porcelain veneers which not only whiten the teeth to whatever degree the patient wants, if there are small imperfections such as edge chips or surface cracks, they too will be eliminated.

Cosmetic dentistry in Mansfield Ohio includes bleaching, porcelain and composite veneers, lumineers, crowns and bridges; contact Drs Heringhaus, General Dentistry for an appointment to discuss your needs.

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