This post from The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria describes how family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are different.
Family dentistry, also called general dentistry, is dedicated to preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, such as a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will establish the best way to restore the tooth involved.
Cosmetic dentists offer elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Available procedures include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.
Many dentists provide both family and cosmetic dentistry. In some cases there is some overlap. For example, if a dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to avert decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile.
At The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria we want our patients to have healthy smiles that look great! Family dentistry achieves the first goal, and cosmetic dentistry the second. Find out why patients from northern Virgina, Fairfax, and Prince William County trust us with their smiles. Call for an appointment today!
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