Have you ever found yourself wondering what the difference is between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry or restorative? Is this the first time you’ve considered visiting a private cosmetic dentist and you’re not sure what to expect? Well, we’ve put together the top seven questions that new clients ask us about cosmetic dentistry at Coventry Road Dental Practice as a handy guide. What is cosmetic dentistry? Cosmetic dentistry is the term used to describe dental treatments or dental work that is carried out with the aim of improving the cosmetic appearance of your smile, including your teeth, gums and lips. A cosmetic dentist has the training and expertise to transform the look AND function of these areas, which can drastically improve your overall dental health. Is cosmetic dentistry all about ‘Hollywood smiles’ then? Not at all! In most cases, cosmetic dentistry is about ‘normalising’ the appearance of your teeth, making your smile look the best it can possibly look, rather than creating a whiter than white, carbon copy Hollywood smile. One of the best things about seeing a cosmetic dentist at Coventry Road Dental Practice is that you come away feeling confident to smile, which can literally change your life. Do all cosmetic dentists work from a private dental practice? No. Some cosmetic dentistry may be available on the NHS, although most NHS dental services tend to be restorative rather than cosmetic. Cosmetic dentists offering services such as tooth whitening, veneers, adult orthodontics, and dental implants usually work as private dentists. What are the most popular treatments to have through a cosmetic dentist? Treatments such as white composite fillings and tooth whitening are always popular with cosmetic dentistry clients. Both are very effective at transforming and rejuvenating the appearance of your smile, giving your teeth a whiter look and minimising the appearance of imperfections. For example, your teeth look straighter when they are whiter. There are other popular treatments too – it really depends on your individual circumstances. When you come to Coventry Road Dental Practice in Coventry and Warwickshire for cosmetic dentistry, we will always advise you about which would be the most appropriate treatment for your needs. Are dental implants only available through a private dentist? At the moment, the rules for having implants through the NHS are very strict and limited to a small number of people. Implants are generally only available through private cosmetic dentists and you should always pick someone who is trained and experienced in implantology. What’s a smile makeover? Smile makeovers usually combine two or more cosmetic dentistry treatments to ‘makeover’ the appearance of your smile. Your cosmetic dentist will carry out an in-depth appraisal of your teeth and gums, looking at their function and appearance, and listen to your personal aspirations for your smile. They will then explain which cosmetic dentistry procedures would give you the best results. What cosmetic dentistry procedures does Coventry Road Dental Practice offer? As a cosmetic dentist, we offer white fillings, bridges, crowns, veneers, tooth whitening, tooth straightening (adult orthodontics) and dental implants. You can find out more about each treatment and our expertise here. If you have any questions about visiting a cosmetic dentist or cosmetic dentistry at Coventry Road Dental Practice, do let us know as we are always happy to answer your questions. You can call us on 02476 312256, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or even pop into the practice.