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What is the Difference Between General and Cosmetic Dentistry?

posted March 16th, 2021

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Whereas general dentistry focuses on the health and quality of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry focuses on the outward appearance. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, general dentistry is for you. If you are unhappy with your smile, cosmetic dentistry is for you.

Though you may have a rough idea of the range of services a dental professional offers, simply from going for regular checkups, you may not fully understand the difference between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. In fact, a lot of people assume them to be the same thing. This isn’t the case and there are key differences between the two, and both have their uses and benefits. Whereas general dentistry focuses on the health and quality of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry focuses on the outward appearance. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, general dentistry is for you. If you are unhappy with your smile, cosmetic dentistry is for you.

General Dentistry vs. Cosmetic Dentistry

The majority of the dental treatments that you will have received are considered general dentistry, where the focus is on improving long term dental health and hygiene. Rather than allowing problems to develop and then worsen over time, general dentistry aims to prevent disease and problems from the beginning. If you are dealing with dental pain or discomfort, a general dentistry treatment is likely to be the solution. This includes treatments such as root canals, tooth extractions, regular dental checkups, fillings and preventative measures.

Cosmetic dentistry is a little bit different, as the focus is on the way your teeth look and appear on the outside. With cosmetic dentistry, it's all about the aesthetic side of things and being confident about your teeth. For example, teeth whitening and veneers are considered cosmetic treatments. If you want to improve the way your teeth look, you will need to consider a cosmetic dentistry solution. This could be dentures, braces, inlays and white fillings. There is less of a focus on the health of your teeth, and a bigger focus on having a smile to be proud of.

Quality Dental Care at Bite Dentistry

At Bite Dentistry, we offer a wide range general dentistry treatments and cosmetic dentistry treatments. Though our focus is always on dental health and oral hygiene, we also understand the importance of being confident in the way that your teeth look and feeling great about your smile. You can come to Bite Dentistry, knowing that a professional and high-quality dental service is guaranteed to everyone. To find out more about any of our dental treatments, get in touch with our helpful team.

Dr. Eimear O'Connell

BDS (Edin, 1992) MFGDP
DipImpDent RCS Ed FFGDP

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