How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist?

Is there a difference between a general dentist and a cosmetic dentist? We are often asked if there is a difference between a general dentist and cosmetic dentist.   Whereas there is no recognized American Dentistry Association for Cosmetic Dental Specialist (or TMJ Specialist for that matter), there are dentists with a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry procedures.  Others have additional training in correcting bad bites to help patients’ cosmetic care last longer as well. General Dentists are typically trained to help patients prevent and treat oral diseases.

These photos show up-close photos that show how a combined skill of bite correction and smile design  and the artistry utilized to create a life-changing smile:

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          Before: Bad Bite, crooked teeth
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Bite Correction, New smile with porcelain veneers








Dr. Konig has had extensive post-graduate training in Cosmetic Dentistry and continues to do so.  If you are considering cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, here are some pointers to help guide you to find someone for your care:

Questions to Ask to See if You Need a General or Cosmetic Dentist:

  • Is there a bite issue? If the teeth are worn down or chipped?
  • Inquire about Dentists Continuing Education
  • Ask how much of the practice is Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Ask to See Before-and-After Photos
  • Very important Dentists takes time during the consultation
  • Important to feel comfortable and confident in dentist and office

During your initial consultation, Dr. Konig advises, ” the dentist and team should spend time to listen to your concerns and desires.  There are usually several options to help patients achieve their goals for an attractive smile.  Not all cases need Full Mouth Reconstruction, some can benefit from several porcelain veneers or even artistic recontouring”.

Photos, be sure to see up-close photos for details and not only full-face photos.  This shows the true artistic skills of the dentist.

Once again,   cosmetic procedures can require a skilled eye for detail and thorough considerations of dental health, cosmetic dentistry is not one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Academy of Dentistry.

If you have any questions regarding Houston Cosmetic Dentistry or Houston TMJ Treatment, please feel free to contact us at Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289.

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