What Is A Cosmetic Dentist?

Dental treatments that improve the aesthetics  and function of a patient’s gums, teeth, or bite are considered cosmetic dentistry.  Your regular general dentist provides preventive dentistry to keep your teeth and gums healthy which includes a thorough oral examination, a professional dental cleaning, and x-rays. A true generalist dentist might do other treatments that commonly are done by specialists also such as tooth extractions, fillings, root canals, and periodontal therapy. A cosmetic dentist improves your smile which can include treating discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing teeth; restoring worn or short teeth; closing gaps; or reshaping teeth.  In today’s blog we explain what cosmetic dentistry is by discussing some treatments cosmetic dentists offer.

Differences in Training between Cosmetic Dentists and General Dentist

All cosmetic dentists are general dentists. The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a field of its own, but cosmetic dentists are highly trained in cosmetic dental procedures. Cosmetic dentists get their training by attending programs and courses dedicated to cosmetic techniques, procedures, and treatments. While general dentists can perform some cosmetic procedures such as whitening and dental bonding, a trained cosmetic dentist can perform bonding, veneers, and crowns at a higher level.

Cosmetic Improvements

The types of improvements that cosmetic dentists make aren’t always only for cosmetic reasons. Often these improvements also correct problems such as a misaligned bite. Some cosmetic treatments include:

If you’re looking for improvements, Dr. Fondriest can help you decide which treatment is best for you.

AACD and the AAED

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is an international dental association that consists of 7,000 members from 70 countries. Focused on the art and science of cosmetic dentistry, it is comprised of general dentists, specialists, lab technicians, dental hygienists, researchers, educators, corporations, students, and dental educators. In addition, the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry (ABCD) was created to analyze, test, and evaluate the services of theses dentists and dental lab technicians.

The American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (AAED) is also an international organization that has an invitation only membership that is limited to 300 of the most elite dentists in the world.  These member dentists are all accomplished educators and mentors and most have long lists of published work.  Many of these practitioners are the lecturers for the AACD.

Dr Fondriest is a member of both organizations

Come meet our cosmetic dentist

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from the greater Chicago Metro area. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.