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The key differences between aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry

Learn the distinctions between cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry

Aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry are terms used to describe dental procedures that improve the appearance of your teeth. This is distinct from general dentistry, which is primarily concerned with the health of the teeth. While these two phrases are sometimes used interchangeably, some significant differences exist between aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry.

What exactly is an aesthetic dentist?

An aesthetic dentist is often known as an implant dentistry expert. This is because they specialize exclusively in dental implants. 

A dental implant is a fabricated tooth implant that may fill the area left by tooth loss. 

Dental implants are so advanced they look like actual teeth, making it impossible to tell the difference between real teeth and implants. 

Many individuals are discovering the benefits of dental implants and realizing  they do not have to live with gaps in their mouths, especially when financing alternatives are available.

Aesthetic dentists will look after tooth implants and dentures, crowns, veneers, bridges, and lumineers.

Dental Implants, on the other hand, are the primary focus of cosmetic dentists. This is because a single dental implant can significantly influence a patient’s appearance. It will also significantly influence the person’s self-esteem and how they perceive themselves in the mirror.

What exactly is a cosmetic dentist?

Like an aesthetic dentist, a cosmetic dentist can treat a wide range of dental issues. Broken or fractured teeth are a cosmetic dentist’s most prevalent issues. To improve the quality of the smile, this specialist can fix fissures, realign teeth, or use veneers. A cosmetic dentist can place implants. However, this is more common when the cosmetic dentist is also an aesthetic dental expert. 

The cosmetic dentist’s goal is to improve the patient’s smile. When a person’s grin is more appealing, they are in a better state of health, and various health issues can be avoided. People with better smiles, for example, are less likely to develop gum disease or heart disease, despite evidence linking gum disease to cardiac difficulties.

It makes no difference if your teeth are crooked, cracked, or discolored – the cosmetic dentist can fix practically any of these issues. When the problem is resolved, the patient feels much better about themselves, and their psychological well-being improves. As a result, aesthetic dentists are considered an important element of the dentistry industry.

Traditional dentists can provide retainers, braces, fillings, and dental crowns. When a client requires further cosmetic operations to improve the look of their smile, a general dentist will refer them to an aesthetic or cosmetic dentist. A general dentist will concentrate on dental cleanliness so that you do not have to deal with oral health concerns, but appearance is just cosmetic or aesthetic. This is something to keep in mind when looking for the best dentist.

Difference between cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry

Aesthetic vs. cosmetic dentistry

The primary distinction between the two types of dentistry is that cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth. This covers procedures such as tooth whitening and veneers. 

Aesthetic dentistry, on the other hand, employs a method of treating difficulties such as a few missing teeth that not only solves the problem from a practical aspect but also helps you look and feel your best. In other words, aesthetic dentistry is more comprehensive than cosmetic dentistry.

Another significant distinction between cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry is the overall aim. 

Aesthetic dentistry takes advantage of current medical procedures to offer you a more natural, healthy appearance. 

Aesthetic dentists employ treatments such as routine cleanings, root canal therapy, and tooth restoration with fillings or bridges to make your teeth appear natural and healthy. The objective is to provide you with healthy, functional teeth so that you may look your best, eat normally, and communicate normally. 

Cosmetic dentistry is distinct from aesthetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry employs more complex and intrusive techniques to make your teeth appear perfect. 

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses tooth whitening, braces, veneers, and other procedures. The goal is to give you picture-perfect teeth that are bright, white, and straight.

Wilmot Family Dentistry:

Our skilled dentists provide cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry and a comprehensive variety of other dental procedures. Whether you utilize cosmetic or aesthetic dental procedures will be determined by your specific needs at the moment. Most patients will employ both cosmetic and aesthetic techniques to preserve their smile throughout their lives. 

Our skilled dental team who knows both benefits can advise you on which procedures are ideal for your oral hygiene and the overall appearance and health of your teeth.

Call us now to schedule an appointment and find out which dental services are best for you.

George E.
George E.
Everything about the dentistry was excellent! I was most impressed with the hygienist, Melissa. She is the finest dental hygienist I have ever had.
Iliganoa Selena I.
Iliganoa Selena I.
Dr. Lyman and his team are the best! The pano machine was down last week but they made sure to call me right away when it was fixed and scheduled me in the next week. Front desk is approachable, friendly and super nice. The wait times aren’t really long and that’s perfect! Thought I was only getting my X-rays today but they pulled through with pulling my wisdom teeth and reassured me everything was going to be ok. Recommend this dental for a family like feel. Definitely coming back again!
Monica T.
Monica T.
Everyone is so nice and friendly, highly recommended
Chris H.
Chris H.
I had a broken tooth. Hadn't been to see them for about 2 years. But as soon as I contacted their office. They got me in quickly and took great care of me. I appreciate their customer service and they're caring attitude. It's hard to find these days. I highly recommend them.
Lisa ann S.
Lisa ann S.
1st time. Broken tooth, needed extraction. I despise going to the dentist. Dr Lyman was very thorough, made sure I was pain free prior to tooth removal. Didn't feel a thing. Best experience in over 20yrs. I will be returning and recommending to others. Thanks Doc!!
Janet B.
Janet B.
Friendly staff and dentist. Kelsey was absolutely amazing! I
Christy
Christy
Very nice staff
Anna R.
Anna R.
It was refreshing to walk into a Dentist office where the front desk was nice and smiled! The hygienists were wonderful. I could hear my 15 year old daughter laughing in the other room with Inez. Staff and Dentist are super personable. We will see you all in August. Thank you!!!!
Mystri B.
Mystri B.
Wonderful staff! Thank you for all that you guys do!!
Beatriz R.
Beatriz R.
Great customer service.
M P
M P
Kelsie did a great job on my cleaning today. Both her and Dr. Lyman addressed my concerns and answered my questions thoroughly. I've continued to be pleased with this practice.Precious Review 2 years ago: Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle, the new hygienist. What a great addition to this practice. Michelle was gentle and had a lovely chair side manner. She did great, Thank- you Michelle!My previous reviewI was very pleased with my recent experience at Wilmot Family Dentistry. Both Becca and Dr. Lyman were caring and addressed my concerns well. Treatment was pain free. Becca, Alanna and Dr. Lyman were gentle and kind. I recommend this practice.
STAY_ D.
STAY_ D.
They really took care of my son in short notice and got his tooth removed best family dentistry to go to. I recommend this dentistry for any family and military family they super well and great with kids.
Omar B.
Omar B.
Kelsey was amazing and friendly recommend this place
Robin R.
Robin R.
Wonderfully run office with helpful, pleasant efficient staff! I found familiar faces in the waiting room from where I live in a wonderful 55+ area. I will happily refer others.
Jennifer W.
Jennifer W.
This was my first visit. Everyone was very kind, knowledgeable, and informative. The cost was really reasonable. I would highly recommend.
Arthur K.
Arthur K.
Doctor Lyman and his staff are incredible. Update: January 2024. Had my 6-month check up and as usual I had a professional lady who was truly a hygienic specialist par excellence. She did a thorough job of cleaning my teeth, and she was as nice as she could be. I can't imagine ever giving less than a five-star review for Wilmot Family Dentistry.
Christine A.
Christine A.
Super friendly staff, neutral smelling office, which I greatly appreciate, and they are collectively a great bunch of people. The dentist was kind in manor and clear about what was going on with my teeth, giving me options and not pressuring me to do anything. A great dental experience for myself and my daughter.
Gloria F.
Gloria F.
Very grateful for Wilmot Family Dentistry. The dentist and staff are very professional and friendly, which makes for a comfortable atmosphere and pleasant visit.. Thank you!
Dena E.
Dena E.
After searching dentists. I’ve been coming to this office for almost 3 years. They gave me hope. Most dentists are out there to just make money over stuff that doesn’t need to be done. I’m greatful for true honesty.
kathryn K.
kathryn K.
Dr. Lyman and his office were gracious and kind. He communicated to me what was going on and suggested how I should move forward. Very knowledgable Dr with a great personalitiy. KK
Abigail
Abigail
Kelsey was amaze and so gentle with my sensitive teeth! Dr was efficient and quick
Raymond I.
Raymond I.
Every time I called a human answered, they were so helpful and knew the answers to my questions, were patient and professional. The appointment went smooth, my daughter was seen on time for her appointment, even though there was a room full of patients, everyone got called back fairly quickly! The staff is so nice and the doctor was awesome with my daughter, to make her feel as comfortable as possible!
Sharon B.
Sharon B.
I'm new to Arizona. I got lucky when I found this office. Dr. Lyman did a fantastic job. I have been there now 2 times. He is very knowledgeable and informs you every step of the way through the procedure. The staff are all so polite and professional as well. They treat you like family This will be my dentist from now on. I recommend this dentist and office to anyone in need of dental services, without a doubt
PETE O.
PETE O.
AWESOME WORK—-SUPER GOOD STAFF—-U OF A FRIENDLY—!!!!!
Robbin H.
Robbin H.
I went in the office staff very nice and kind. I had to have tooth pull felt no pains the doctor was great. I would going forward make this my place to come for my dental work.
Jeannette E.
Jeannette E.
I decided to change dentists as my health insurance provided the benefit. I was reluctant to change, but was pleasantly surprised at the professional office at Wimot Family Dentistry. Front desk was helpful & friendly. The Hygenist was thorough & did a great job. I briefly met the dentist who seemed very nice. All in all, I’m very happy with the professional service I received. I’m sticking with them!
Lea S.
Lea S.
I was visiting from out of state and needed to have an emergency appointment. I was seen the same day of my phone call and taken care of as well. Everyone was very kind and attentive. Thank you so much for your help :)
Oleg B.
Oleg B.
Dr.Lyman and his staff very professional and honest!I highly recommend…Awesome people!Thank you
Erin W.
Erin W.
Love the care they take of our whole family here. Even the little ones look forward to going to the dentist!
lea ann L.
lea ann L.
I’m new to Arizona, and I made an appointment, and they fixed me right up. Really nice doctor and staff.Thank you so much.
Dwarlord
Dwarlord
Great. Really nice people.
Carrie T.
Carrie T.
This place is awesome. I have many dental issues and was very impressed by the one on one treatment and straight forward answers. They are ALL kind and courteous, and even made me feel better about my road ahead. I will recommend this place to everyone. Thanks for the great experience Wilmot family dentistry.
J S.
J S.
I loved the place and the doctor and the people thank you sir Joseph Lyman 🙏
Shirley M.
Shirley M.
Excellent. Efficient, knowledgeable, friendly, hygienist. Dr. Lyman is a good dentist. Office personnel are always helpful and pleasant. Clean and sanitized facilities. And a good price!
Lhasa C.
Lhasa C.
So happy to have found this office. The hygienist, Melissa, is so gentle and encouraging and the dentist seems genuinely involved in your well being.
Diane M.
Diane M.
Best dental experience Ever!!Everyone was wonderful!
Paulie L.
Paulie L.
Great experience for my son and I.
James A.
James A.
Highly responsive and friendly staff.
Sharon W.
Sharon W.
I was lucky to get Dr Lyman for my Dentist as a new patient a few years ago. If I have a problem I can always get right in.The staffalways put me at ease.I had a really sore implant and was miserable. I called got in today ,he found the problem and tonight I am pain free. Thank you Dr.Lyman .I would recommend him to all who needs a Dentist.5 star for sure.
Paul M
Paul M
I've been going to this office for quite awhile and everyone has always been honest, friendly and professional.
JoAnn C.
JoAnn C.
They were great !!! Everyone is so polite and happy.
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