What is the difference between a dentist and a cosmetic dentist?

Dentist or Cosmetic Dentist?

One of the most common questions we hear at Perfect Practices is: “What is the difference between a dentist and a cosmetic dentist?

Simply put, dentists focus on preventing oral disease and maintaining good oral health, while cosmetic dentists deal with the aesthetic appearance of teeth.

  • At our clinics, our highly experienced cosmetic dentists can help with a wide range of cosmetic dentistry needs. Whether you are seeking to close gaps between your teeth or straighten your smile, our talented team is here to help.

Can regular (general) dentists perform cosmetic dentistry?

In short, yes. All dentists have earned a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree, meaning they are qualified to deal with cosmetic dentistry cases, as well as oral health.

All dentists, cosmetic or otherwise, are trained as general dentists and some specialise in cosmetic dentistry.

Can a cosmetic dentist help me?

If the issue you have is with the appearance of your teeth, cosmetic dentists can help you. We specialise in helping patients in London and Hertfordshire to solve the problems they have with their teeth, be it gaps, chips or misalignment.

It is important to note that there are multiple ways in which we can help you to improve your smile. Veneers, implants and clear braces are among the treatments available to our patients.

Our talented team of cosmetic dentists will guide you through the process, helping you choose the right treatment for you.

What if I need help with oral health and cosmetic treatments?

There are times when general and cosmetic dentistry overlap. For example, if you are seeking treatment for a decaying tooth, the tooth will need to be extracted, however, it will also be replaced.

This decision will ultimately change the aesthetic appearance of your smile. We offer several options, from porcelain and lumineer veneers to dentures and bridges.

We will work closely with you to ensure we provide the best option to suit you.


What is the difference between a dentist and a cosmetic dentist?

How can I make sure I find a good cosmetic dentist?

Choosing a dentistry clinic for your cosmetic treatment can be daunting.

We understand that many treatments are also a financial investment, which is why we pride ourselves on providing detailed consultations and pre-treatment appointments.

Above all, we want to see patients leaving our clinics with a new and improved smile.

Whether you are considering a full set of veneers, Invisalign treatment or a single tooth replacement, we provide free initial consultations to help you decide which treatment is right for you.

Contact us today to book your consultation.