When it comes to dentistry, many people think of sitting back for regular cleanings, cavity fillings, and other basic procedures. Family dentist offices offer a wide range of services devoted to oral health. However, the focus on health and the volume of patients seeking basic services often means that family dentists are limited in their cosmetic capabilities. In turn, many cosmetic dentist offices are able to provide the same services as family dentists while providing an added level of specialization. While the choice is ultimately dependent upon the needs of the patient, there are some reasons you should consider a cosmetic dentist instead of a family dentist.
Whitening and Stain Removal
Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular services offered by dentists. The explosion of interest has led many family dentists to offer basic whitening services. However, a specialist will be able to offer more consistent satisfaction. The equipment required for whitening and stain removal is often expensive – unless there is patient volume and demand, as there usually is in a specialist’s office, the acquisition and operation of such equipment generally does not take priority. When you’re looking for a dentist, it makes sense to find someone who can do everything you need and want – there’s no sense visiting multiple offices for different procedures. It would be like going to one hair salon to have your hair trimmed, then a different salon to have it colored. We have the most up to date general and cosmetic technology.
Sometimes, minor adjustments are needed to allow patient smiles to express their full potential. Many dentist offices can offer orthodontics. What they may not offer are the latest in unintrusive alignment systems. Invisalign treatment involves a series of plastic retainers that are custom made for your teeth. As time passes, they will gradually shift your teeth into straighter positions. Where traditional braces require constant visits and uncomfortable tightening, patients using Invisalign go through 20 to 30 alignment trays swapped out every two to three weeks. Because you can remove the retainers, it’s also much easier to maintain oral health. There’s no risk of staining around glue points, and no uncomfortable metal to deal with.
A cosmetic dentist may offer treatment for conditions traditional family dentists cannot. We have solutions available for those suffering from sleep apnea, temperomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and periodontal disease. This is on top of typical sealant, implant, and extraction services. We are able to improve the health of your mouth while simultaneously giving you a more beautiful smile.
If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re looking for a Seattle dentist who offers the best of cosmetic and traditional treatments, look no further. Ask about our Whitening for Life program – it’s a way for us to reward those who are as dedicated to oral health as we are. Schedule an appointment today!