The Difference between a Cosmetic Dentist and an Orthodontist

What Is A Cosmetic Dentist?

After completing dental school, those who choose to pursue cosmetic dentistry will need to graduate training in this field in order to become a successful and highly-qualified cosmetic dentist.

This might come off as a surprise but there is actually no requirement to enter the cosmetic dentistry field. Therefore, any dentist can claim that they practice cosmetic dentistry. Below you will find some of the procedures that a cosmetic dentist performs:

  • Dental Implants

    • A dental implant—along with a prosthetic tooth built on top of the implant— is done in order to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It also helps in maintaining the bone support of the neighboring teeth.
  • Porcelain Crowns

    • crown, also known as a cap, is a cover that the dentist places over the surface of an entire tooth and bonds to the surface of the natural tooth. There are several other types but porcelain crowns look the most natural and often the most durable. The downside is that they occasionally need to be replaced.
  • Porcelain Veneers

    • Thin pieces of porcelain used to mimic the natural look of teeth are called porcelain veneers. Aside from recreating how teeth usually look like, porcelain veneers also provides strength and resilience compared to the natural tooth enamel.

What Is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses primarily on the misalignment of the teeth and jaws. To become an orthodontist, you must begin as a dentist then choose orthodontics as your specialty. This is similar to doctors choosing the specific areas they will specialize in.

Misalignments can affect the way you look. Moreover, this can also cause medical issues like facial pain, speech impairments, chronic headaches, and more. In most mechanical problems with the teeth and jaws, an orthodontist applies braces to fix these issues. But in some cases, he may also need to perform oral surgery.

There are different types of braces, but all of them aim to fix these common problems:

  • Aesthetic issues

    • Malocclusions or jaw deformities can affect the shape of the whole face. So in some cases, the orthodontist can restructure and realign the jaw, lips, and teeth to create an even smile.
  • Anteroposterior deviations

    • In simpler term, this is known as underbites and overbites. When we say underbite, the lower teeth are positioned further forward than the upper teeth. On the other hand, an overbite happens when the upper teeth are positioned further forward than the lower teeth. Either of these positionings can cause difficulty in chewing and clear speech.
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    • This is one of the most common problems orthodontists treat. Overcrowding usually occurs when there’s no enough jaw space for for adult teeth to grow in alignment with existing teeth. With the help of braces, the orthodontist will be able to realign the teeth.

At Serenity Smiles, we offer INVISALIGN, which are not your typical braces. Instead, we will provide you with clear braces to eliminate unnecessary fear and anxiety that comes with wearing metal braces. To know more about our general dentistry and other dental solutions, please contact Serenity Smiles at at 480-400-5000.

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