In our line of work, one of the most common questions we receive from patients is, “What’s the difference between general and cosmetic dentistry?”. In a nutshell, general dentistry focuses on preventing and treating oral disease while cosmetic dentistry deals with the overall aesthetic appearance of teeth. Knowing the difference between the two can help you figure out which service or dentist is right for you.
However, one important thing to know is that all dentists have earned either a DMD or DDS degree. This means that whether your dentist specializes in general or cosmetic dentistry, they’re perfectly qualified to treat your dental problems! All dentists start off as general dentists and can eventually become cosmetic dentists if they continue their training by attending programs dedicated to cosmetic dentistry.
Below, we further break down the differences between general and cosmetic dentistry: