If you are looking to improve your smile, you will find there are many options available to achieve this goal. You may have issues with your teeth that you wish to correct but are not sure where to start. There are no shortages of solutions to achieve a brighter smile, but who do you turn to for help? Should you see a cosmetic dentist or an orthodontist? Here are some of the differences between the two professions to help you better understand which expert to turn to achieve your goal of improving your smile.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentists deal directly with the aesthetics of your teeth, how they feel, and how well your teeth function in your mouth. Cosmetic dentists will give you a smile makeover using a variety of treatments, including:
- Teeth Whitening
- Dental Implants
You may consult a cosmetic dentist for veneers to deal with the problem of stained or browned teeth, for example. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that fit over your teeth to help improve the color, shape, and appearance of your teeth. Crowns are a perfect choice for teeth that are weak or damaged and fit snugly over the tooth to strengthen the hold it has on the gums. Teeth whitening may be done by a cosmetic dentist to change the color of your teeth to give you a brighter and whiter smile. Dental implants are titanium replacements for your teeth and are directly inserted into the bone.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatments provide cosmetic results to your smile but are also capable of much more. Orthodontics is different than cosmetic dentistry, since it seeks to reverse the impact on the face and mouth due to misaligned or crooked teeth, or if jaws are improperly positioned. An orthodontist will fix a number of issues including overbite, underbite or crossbite problems, spacing and crowding issues, and problems with jaw growth. An orthodontist uses a variety of treatments and appliances to correct these problems including:
- Invisalign (removable aligners)
- Expanders, Headgears and other orthopedic appliances
The two professions have different fundamental functions, skill sets, and education, so choosing the right professional team is important for you to achieve the smile you want. Our expert Charleston County orthodontist and highly trained staff at Reese Orthodontics are eager to join you on the journey to a healthier and happier smile. To request your appointment with our friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist Dr. Reese, please contact us.