Cosmetic vs. Aesthetic

Between these two terms related to two similar branches of dentistry, there is often confusion when viewing advertisements like “cosmetic dentist Bridgewater” and it is assumed that it could be the same as an aesthetic dentist. This is a mistake; both specialists perform different types of jobs and treatments.

Let’s start with aesthetic dentistry. Its objective is simple and in a certain way, pure. This specialty seeks to maintain the natural beauty of teeth through treatment. It seeks to preserve without making very remarkable modifications to the natural form of your gums and teeth.

It seeks to create harmony among all those factors that make up a smile, and we do not only talk about the geometry of the teeth and the shape of the gums, other elements come into play when having a good smile, among them are the color of the lips and the color of the teeth, just to name a few. When this set of elements fit correctly, the work of aesthetic dentistry is done, since this specialty does not seek perfection, but to highlight the natural beauty of a smile.

On the other hand, we have cosmetic dentistry, which involves a series of treatments that aim to accentuate and maximize the natural beauty of the patient’s teeth and gums. It seeks to improve the color of the teeth through whitening treatments. It also seeks to replace disproportionate teeth with others, it seeks the symmetry of the teeth and sometimes this involves replacing our natural teeth with dental implants, which are sometimes very useful for people who have suffered accidents and lost their teeth. Another option very consumed by celebrities today is dental jewelry, which are basically pieces of gold, silver or some other metal or precious stone, placed strategically in our teeth.

There you have it. Both branches of dentistry are similar, with similar goals but different in their methods to achieve them. Now you know.