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The Misconceptions of a Cosmetic Dentist

Yesterday I had a new patient Sophia from Brighton East, ask me… “Dr Warren, being a cosmetic dentist, do you do any general dentistry?” In my mind I thought, of course, I do? What makes you think otherwise? But when I got home the more I thought about it, the more interesting the question became, so I thought I’ll share my thoughts on this topic…

First of all, ANY general dentist can claim that they are a cosmetic dentist. You don’t have to do any extra studies or continue education, and there’s nothing in the medical governing body to prevent you from using that title, as long as you have a recognised dental degree.

So if you look around your local area, you might realise that many dental clinics have next to their logo, we do family and cosmetic dentistry. It’s actually quite a common theme. Because a lot of dentists enjoy doing cosmetic dentistry, because it’s very satisfying when you can make a big change in someone’s life.

The way I look at dentistry is… there shouldn’t be a delineation between cosmetic and general dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry to me… is like doing dentistry well. Whether it’s a simple filling on a back tooth that you’ll never see, or creating a few porcelain veneers at the front to improve a smile. As a dentist you should be critical of the work you deliver, that’s how you make patients happy, that’s how you will naturally attract more cosmetic work to you and your practice.
So personally as a dentist, I don’t like to claim myself to be a cosmetic dentist, even though a lot of my clients may perceive me to be. I’m simply refining my dentistry consistently so I can be a better version of myself each and every day. That’s why I enjoy doing dentistry so much because I wake up each morning knowing that my patients are seeing a better dentist today, than the dentist they saw, a few months ago, and that brings a smile to my face.
I hope this gives you a better understanding about the term Cosmetic Dentist, and our view towards it.

If you are looking for a dentist to look after you and your family, and you like the sound of our philosophy, we would love to look after you. We are located at the beautiful Brighton, with plenty of parking nearby. Just give us a call, fill in the enquiry form on our website, or direct message us on social media, and we will be in touch to organise your appointment. See you at the next video.

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