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Cosmetic dentistry and esthetic dentistry arent they the same?

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Yes: Cosmetic and esthetic are interchangeable descriptors or synonyms.

Answered 2/7/2017

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Cosmetic = esthetic: The terms, cosmetic, esthetic, and aesthetic dentistry are generally interchangeable.

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Yes: Neither cosmetic nor esthetic dentistry are specialties of dentistry. Hopefully all dentists provide esthetic dentistry!

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Dr. Matt Fulmer answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry: Yes, esthetic and cosmetic dentistry are the same.

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Yes: They are essentially the same, although there is no specific specialty program for cosmetic/esthetic dentistry.

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Dentistry : Cosmetic vs aesthetic dentistry are the same. All dentists strive for this with every dental treatment.

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Different Idea: The goal of dentistry is restoration of function. If you will permit a philosophical approach with examples. A simple amalgam is functional but does not look like a tooth. Tooth colored composite is a cosmetic filling that looks more like a tooth. It takes more skill to do it well & costs more. A porcelain inlay, onlay, or crown can come closer to looking like a tooth which i would call esthetic.

Answered 2/7/2017

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Dr. Steven Alper answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Cosmetic / Esthetic: Esthetic and cosmetic dentistry are exactly the same thing.

Answered 4/6/2013

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Cosmetic Dentistry: Yes- these are essentially the same terms.

Answered 3/24/2015

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Dr. Gabriel Malouf answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Synonymous.: You can use either term to refer to the same treatment.

Answered 12/8/2012

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Dr. Neil McLeod answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Well they should be!: Dentistry at its best is a medical service provided by artisans who attempt to replace and repair to natural beauty and function the damaged or defective structures of the mouth. Everything should be esthetic even if it only for cosmetic reasons.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Yes: Two words for the same thing. Neither denotes a specialty in dentistry. However many dentists devote their careers to this with advanced training.

Answered 3/26/2013

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Dr. Gabriel Malouf answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Apples & Oranges : Cosmetic dentistry & orthodontics (braces, invisalign, etc) are different solutions for different problems; though sometimes ortho is cosmetic dentistry. Typically ortho takes longer, but preserves your natural teeth, moving them to a position where they will last longer. Consider cosmetic dentistry if your teeth have an undesirable shape/color. Talk further with your dds about options & timing.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Mark Venincasa answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

Yes: Yes they are. They are terms to describe certain types of dental procedures, they are not terms to describe recognized specialties of dentistry at this time.

Answered 2/24/2013

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Dr. April Ziegele answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Yes: They are both dedicated to providing beautiful, natural looking dentistry.

Answered 3/10/2013

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Yes: They are the same type of dentist.

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Dr. April Ziegele answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Pretty much: Both are focused on providing natural looking dentistry.

Answered 12/10/2013

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Yes: Many dentists claim to be cosmetic but there is no real specialty in dentistry for this. Do your homework, ask your friends, and consult an organization such as the american academy of cosmetic dentistry (aacd). Members are generally more experienced.

Answered 6/7/2013

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YES THEY ARE: Cosmetic, esthetic and aesthetic are all the same. Just allows us dentists to have many academies using the different names focused on the same outcome....A pleasing natural looking smile!

Answered 10/8/2013

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

They are not : Cosmetic and esthetic dentistry are different in definition, concept, and execution. Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance but not always the function. There are only 2 dental specialties that mainly focus on dental esthetic dentistry and cosmetics, Prosthodontists and Orthodontists. Hope it helps.

Answered 5/9/2014

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Cosmetic=Esthetic: Cosmetic and Esthetic Dentistry are general considered the same thing among dentists! They both include the same kinds of procedures!

Answered 5/15/2014

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Yes: Cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry refer to the same thing, which is the most life-like dental procedure/restoration as possible. When the dentist performs Any dental procedure (including extractions), they should have an aesthetic "eye" to what they are trying to accomplish and how the final outcome will appear.

Answered 8/3/2014

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Yes: They're the same. Just different names. Regardless of what you call it, a dazzling smile will make you look younger, more attractive, and healthier. It will also give you great confidence and self esteem. Best of all, there's a solution for everyone, and it's often easier and less costly than you might think. If you are interested, get a consultation and see what's available for you.

Answered 6/11/2017

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