Cosmetic Dentist in Prescott AZ
At Prescott Dental Arts, our experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Herbert can create the attractive and healthy smile that you have always desired. By utilizing the latest technology, we combine the art of dentistry with the science of dentistry to achieve beautiful, lifelike results.
What is a Cosmetic Dentist?
A cosmetic dentist is a restorative dentist who has extensively studied the concepts of smile design and dental materials to create what could best be described as works of art. Cosmetic dentists are typically affiliated with a professional organization that provides continuing education and levels of accreditation to verify outstanding achievement in the study of cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Herbert is an accredited member of The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is mostly used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums and bite. It largely focuses on improving dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment, and overall smile appearance. Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry designed to make a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is another dental resource for patients as they strive to maintain their health, function, and appearance for their lifetime. We believe that esthetic dentistry must complement the overall general and oral health of the patient. Read More.
On the surface, cosmetic dentistry is related to the appearance of teeth and smile, by creating white teeth, or even whole new teeth in general which may not appear to be that complicated. However, cosmetic dentistry requires a good eye, a disciplined understanding of dental anatomy, and a mastery of dental materials. Beyond that, the dentist must be able to communicate his or her vision to a laboratory technician, a key player in the comprehension of any smile transformation. Though cosmetic dentistry is not an acknowledged specialty within the dental profession, it takes years of extensive study and training to be able to perform the many cosmetic dental procedures now available to the highest standards.
Cosmetic vs Restorative Dentistry
There’s an overlap between the two fields but the focus is different, along with the level of expertise. The cosmetic dentist goes beyond restoring an individual’s teeth to their proper function, seeking to attain the most ideal outcome according to the patient’s definition of a perfect smile. This involves a high level of skill with even the slightest details, such as how much of your tooth should be displayed in a specific smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
All cosmetic dentistry treatments improve the appearance of an individual’s teeth. In addition, some may restore the function as well as improve your oral health.
Cosmetic treatments include:
Teeth Whitening: A relatively inexpensive way to brighten your smile, whitening teeth can be accomplished at home or in the dentist’s chair. There are many products and methods from which to choose.
Composite Bonding: Tooth-colored composite resin attached to the teeth can improve the appearance and strength of chipped teeth. These procedures require very little preparation (drilling) of the tooth.
Porcelain & Composite Veneers: Designed to substitute for tooth enamel, veneers are hard, thin shells of tooth-colored material that can mask a variety of dental imperfections.
Porcelain Crowns: Heavily damaged teeth can be covered with natural-looking porcelain crowns, which replace more natural tooth structure than veneers.
Porcelain Bridgework: A missing tooth can be replaced with porcelain bridgework that is attached to the natural teeth on either side of the space.
Dental Implants: Usually made of titanium, an implant is used to replace the root portion of a missing tooth. The implant is fitted with a crown to create a natural-looking replacement for the entire tooth.
Inlays & Onlays: In certain cases, fillings can be fabricated from porcelain or composite materials in a dental laboratory to more closely match the color of a tooth. When applied to the inside of the tooth, they are referred to as “inlays.” Attached to the biting surface, they are known as “onlays”
Tooth-Colored Fillings: Gone are the days when a filling has to be obvious and unsightly. Tooth-colored fillings are barely noticeable.
Clear Orthodontic Aligners: Many adults, as well as some teenagers, are opting for clear orthodontic aligners, instead of metal braces, to straighten their teeth.
Cosmetic Gum Surgery: Minor surgery can reshape gum tissue to give it a more leveled appearance.
Tooth Contouring & Reshaping: Cosmetic dentists can use a drill or laser to smooth out or reshape teeth.