I want to get my teeth whitened but didn’t know if I needed to see a cosmetic specialist for something like that. My dentist is a general dentist and is not interested in getting into any cosmetic work.
Truthfully, there is no recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry. That means that a cosmetic dentist is just a general dentist who has an interest in doing cosmetic work. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t require some expertise and additional training.
One example of that would be with porcelain veneers. Doing smile makeovers aren’t taught in dental school. A dentist has to invest time in post-doctoral training to develop the skills and technique necessary to do this well. Different dentists have more (or less) artistic ability than others, so it is important you ask to see before and after pictures of cases they’ve done.
Any Dentist Can Provide Teeth Whitening
Fortunately, teeth whitening is different. Just about any dentist can do this procedure. It doesn’t take artistic ability to whiten teeth. It is the special gel that does all the work.
You should know ahead of time that the only thing the whitening gel affects is natural tooth structure. If you have any visible dental work, it won’t whiten. For instance, if you have a dental crown on a visible tooth, it will stay the same color. The crown will need to be replaced when you’re done. If you were to replace it, just make sure your dentist replaced it with an all-porcelain crown, which will match much more naturally.
You’ll love having your teeth whitened. It’s one of the simplest and most affordable things you can do to drastically improve your smile, making you look years younger.
This blog is brought to you by Decatur Dentists Drs. Drake and Wallace.