It’s more common to hear patients asking for a “cosmetic dentist” than an “aesthetic dentist.” The major reason for this is the relatively new appearance of aesthetic dentistry as a concept and as a practice. Today, our Oakland dentist discusses what makes us an aesthetic dental practice – and why we’re proud to be one. Read on to familiarize yourself with aesthetic dental treatment and why it is likely right for you.
What is Aesthetic Dentistry?
In order to answer that question, we’re first going to define “Cosmetic Dentistry,” aesthetic dentistry’s slightly older counterpart. Cosmetic dentistry is the practice of changing tooth appearance so that it is visually appealing. Where it differs from aesthetic dentistry is in its level of artifice. Cosmetic dentistry typically creates smiles that follow the “perfect teeth” standard – perfect white rectangles, sitting in a block. While this may be preferable for some, it just doesn’t look natural. Aesthetic dentistry doesn’t subscribe to this idea that the one smile is the ideal. An aesthetic dentist like our Oakland dentist creates a smile that still belongs to you. The results of aesthetic dentistry are subtle, natural, and absolutely beautiful. Moreover, aesthetic dental work is also highly functional, and never sacrifices tooth strength for appearance.
Why is Aesthetic Dentistry a new concept?
Modern dental techniques and technologies allow for more precise and more varied cosmetic dental work. Whereas cosmetic changes to smiles were once very similar to one another, our Oakland dentist and dental lab are now able to create restorations in any shape or shade, for any need.
What Aesthetic Dental Treatments are available to me?
- Porcelain Veneers
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bonding
- Teeth Whitening
- Dentures and Partials
Although we often use the term “cosmetic dentistry” in order to refer to our work in a way patients are familiar with, it’s time to change the dental vocabulary. Visit our smile gallery to see examples of our aesthetic dental work, and contact our Oakland dentist if there are changes you would like to make to your smile.