The differences between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry

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The benefits of cosmetic and general dentistry


Here at Bright and White Dental Spa, we proudly offer an array of different dental treatments. Our experienced team is warm and welcoming, taking the time to thoroughly discuss the extent of your dental issue and how to fix it. 

You may be unsure whether your dental issue falls under cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry. We’re here to help you understand that even if your dental concern is cosmetic and may not lead to further oral health issues down the line, it’s still worth seeking treatment. You deserve to feel confident in your smile. We’ve put together this blog to discuss the differences between cosmetic and general dentistry and the benefits of each.


What is general dentistry?

General dentistry helps to manage daily dental needs. It does not necessarily focus on the appearance of your teeth but the health of them. Our team can offer you advice and guidance on maintaining your oral health on a daily basis. General dentistry helps to protect your teeth and correct any issues before they begin to take a toll on your oral health.


How to know if I need general dentistry?

Visiting our practice for a routine checkup is just as important as fixing oral health issues that arise. Even if you think your teeth and gums are healthy, routine checkups are still vital. With the latest technology, we’re able to spot issues before they begin to develop beyond the point of repair. This is why it’s important to schedule a routine dental checkup every six months – twice a year. 

General dentistry could be a routine checkup, or it could be correction of an oral health issue. This could mean tooth extractions, dental implants or a root canal treatment. Visiting our practice means that our dentists will be able to spot when you need these treatments right away.

To discover more about the general dental procedures that we offer at our practice in London, please click here.


What is cosmetic dentistry and its benefits?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetics of your smile. Although some cosmetic dental treatments do come with oral health benefits, its main purpose is to improve the appearance of your teeth. 


There are many benefits to cosmetic dentistry. Yes, it improves the appearance of your smile, but this can do wonders for your confidence. This means you no longer need to hide your smile, you can truly show it off. Cosmetic dentistry also offers long lasting results, with most treatments often lasting years. It can also reduce signs of ageing.


What are the main differences between cosmetic and general dentistry?

The main difference between cosmetic and general dentistry is that cosmetic focuses on appearance, whereas general focuses more on health. However, it is possible for them to overlap. Cosmetic dentistry can correct issues like crooked teeth, which can interfere with your dental hygiene. 

General dentistry can also reduce the appearance of plaque, which would be removed during an appointment with a dental hygienist. As per a survey from found here, 27% of Brits only brush once a day. This is why general dentistry is vital to helping you establish a good dental routine at home.

The best thing you can do for the appearance of your teeth and their overall health is to visit our dental practice. We will be able to offer our guidance on which cosmetic and general dentistry procedures can keep your teeth looking and feeling their best.


Let us make your smile whiter and brighter today

Here at Bright and White Dental Spa, our range of treatments can completely transform your smile. Although we aim to protect your teeth from issues like gum disease, we don’t misplace the importance of feeling confident in your smile. This is why we offer cosmetic dental treatments that can improve the appearance of your teeth and leave you seeing the benefits.

Our highly-skilled dental team will do all they can to ensure you leave our practice happy with your smile. To learn more about how we can help you with our cosmetic and general dentistry, please contact us today. 



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