Dental questions in Michigan: What is a cosmetic dentist?


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A dentist is a medical professional specializing in care of the teeth and surrounding structures. Extensive schooling, training, and rigorous examinations are required to earn a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. However, the training is general in nature, lightly touching on specialized areas of medicine.

Dentists who wish to practice a recognized specialty, such as orthodontics, must complete a predetermined amount of additional education, hands-on experience, and pass certification exams. When the requirements are met, they earn the right to call themselves specialists in their given field. However, not all dental specialties are regulated by certification boards or recognized by the American Academy of Dentistry. That is the case with cosmetic dentistry. A general dentist, fresh out of dental school, with no experience or additional training can call him or herself a cosmetic dentist.

By definition, any dental work that improves the appearance of your teeth is considered cosmetic dentistry. That is a very broad definition. If you have broken teeth, visible cavities, or missing teeth, even the most basic treatments would improve the appearance of your smile. However, when you look for a cosmetic dentist, you are looking for someone who can create the smile of your dreams – not simply someone who can achieve slight improvement.

There are many cosmetic dentistry training programs and associations, but participation is optional. When considering a smile enhancement procedure, it is important to verify what education and experience your dentist has, beyond basic dental school. Dr. Richard Bernstein is known for creating some of the most beautiful smiles in Michigan, and he has invested considerable time and resources in perfecting his skills.

Dr. Bernstein is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and he has trained with some of the finest dental professionals in the world. His exquisite skills have earned him the prestigious designation of accreditation with the American Society for Dental Aesthetics (ASDA). This exclusive organization only has a few hundred members around the world, and membership is available through invitation only. The ASDA accreditation process involves several years of experience, completing specific educational requirements, and at least five examples of exceptional cosmetic treatments. Dr. Bernstein is the only cosmetic dentist in the state to earn this accreditation.

You care about your smile enough to invest in cosmetic procedures. Choose a dentist who cares about your smile enough to invest in the specialized training and technology required to achieve superb results. Call 248.636.2100 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bernstein today.


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