Making a great first impression is essential, and your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Leila Rad, DMD, at Dentique, offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options to men and women from the Austin, Texas, area. With extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry, she’s honored to offer the best in cosmetic dentistry to those in her care. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office, and begin a path toward your absolute best first impression.
Cosmetic dentistry, also known as aesthetic dentistry, is an area of dental practice aimed at improving the appearance of your smile. Many different treatments are included under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry, but all share the same focus: giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.
Dr. Rad is experienced in many types of cosmetic dentistry procedures, including:
You can also come in for professional tooth whitening, which offers a far better result than anything you can buy on the drugstore shelves.
While general dentists focus on preventing and treating dental disease, cosmetic dentists focus on restoration or enhancement of patients’ smiles. Both cosmetic and general dentists can perform routine dental procedures such as examinations, cleaning, fluoride treatments, fillings, and root canals.
Both cosmetic dentists and general dentists have either a DMD (Doctor of Medical Dentistry) or a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree. General and cosmetic dentists complete four years of dental school after college and are licensed by the state in which they practice.
Many general dentists are members of the American Dental Association (ADA), an organization analogous to the American Medical Association for physicians. Cosmetic dentists are often members of the American Academy for Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Some outstanding cosmetic dentists such as Dr. Rad are members of both.
Following their coursework in dental school, cosmetic dentists pursue additional, post-graduate training. During this training, cosmetic dentists acquire special proficiency in treatments and procedures that are designed to enhance the appearance of patients’ teeth and gums.
Dr. Rad, for example, is fully trained in a number of procedures and treatments that beautify her patients’ smiles. Examples include teeth whitening treatments like Zoom, veneers, implants, crowns, bridges, and some forms of orthodontia (teeth straightening) such as Invisalign®.
Cosmetic dentistry can improve patients’ oral, physical, and psychological health in a number of ways. One vital, but often overlooked aspect of health involves patients’ psychological wellbeing.
Dr. Rad’s patients regularly report improved mood and self-confidence after receiving cosmetic dental treatments. Some patients struggle for years with embarrassment over the state of their teeth and gums. The transformation in overall mood and levels of self-confidence after simple cosmetic dental procedures is nothing short of phenomenal.
Cosmetic dental treatments and procedures also offer considerable oral health benefits. As patients age, for example, their teeth lose their enamel and may sustain chips, cracks, or other physical damage.
Such damage threatens the structural integrity of the tooth, and eventually, the tooth may break. Cosmetic dentistry techniques can help maintain the structural integrity of the tooth and avoid the necessity for future extraction or other permanent procedures.