What is a Cosmetic Dentist?
Dreams can come true with changing smiles created by Dr. Mohr.
With so many dentists doing cosmetic work nowadays, what really makes a great cosmetic dentist? It takes years of training beyond dental school, dedication, a sophisticated understanding of biological and physical sciences, a mastery of technical skills, and an artistic touch.
Any general dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. General practitioners are trained to focus on function with less appreciation on appearance. They are trained to “fix” things, while the cosmetic dentist is trained to “create” things during the process.
Cosmetic dentists must be able to process the patient’s perceptions while creating beauty in appearance. The cosmetic dentist must not only be able to access what might be wrong with the patients teeth, as a general dentist would, but then must interpret the patient’s self-perception of the problem. If the patient is not satisfied with their smile, the cosmetic dentist must then apply his scientific and artistic knowledge to rectify the situation.
Beyond interpersonal skills, there are many aspects of cosmetic dentistry that require extensive and additional training than what is provided in general dentistry. The materials that a cosmetic dentist often uses are much different than what is utilized in general dentistry. There are various porcelains, complex bonding agents, luting (cementing) agents, tints, and other aesthetic products. To master the use of these materials, one must comprehend the chemistry of bonding, as well as how these products interact with each other.
Only with extensive training, and years of experience, can this mission be accomplished.
Your smile is the ultimate fashion accessory. The first thing people notice is your smile. Cosmetic dentistry can so easily, so affordably, yet so radically beautify your smile and restore your self-confidence. Take a look at the incredible before and after photos on our website and see how after almost 30 years of experience a smile makeover from Dr. Mohr can transform your life.