So you want to be a cosmetic dentist?

A smile is the gesture we use to express happiness, and it assists us in being confident both personally and professionally. Cosmetic dentistry is the area of our profession primarily driven by smile enhancement and, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), is “aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile.”

Cosmetic dentistry from a cultural standpoint

White, perfectly aligned teeth have become an American staple. Because of this, many believe that the “Hollywood smile” is the healthiest, most ideal smile. Many dentists brand themselves as “cosmetic dentists” to address this demand. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that aesthetic dentistry must complement the overall general and oral health of the patient. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums and occlusion, despite functionality. However, the importance of functionality in smile design must not be overlooked.