Four Different Types of Dentists, and How They Can Help You

The Different Types of Dentists

Did you know that, according to a survey by USA Today, teeth are the number one thing single people judge in a potential partner? Both women and men rate good teeth as the most important “must have” — more important than shoes, clothes, or even hair.

There are many types of dentists available to work with your teeth. Although most dentists can do normal checkups, they frequently specialize in treating different types of problems. Here are four types of dentists, as well as what they can assist you with.

Orthodontic Dentist

Orthodontic dentists specialize in treating improper bites, known as malocclusions. Treatment can alter tooth displacement, the development of the jaw, or both, depending on the needs of the patients. The most common method of doing this is attaching metal brackets to the patient’s teeth, and tightening the brackets together with a wire. Invisalign, which are plastic clear aligners, can also be used.

Implant Dentist

About 70% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth, and by the time adults reach retirement, they have often lost many, or even all, of their teeth. Implant dentistry is a fairly new development but is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to dentures. In this procedure, implant dentists will insert a titanium screw into the jawbone, in place of the missing tooth. After the area has healed, a false tooth is affixed to the top. A well done implant will not feel much different from a natural tooth.

Cosmetic Dentist

Did you know that 73% of people think that people with better looking teeth are “more trustworthy”? Although people may not intend to judge others based on their teeth, it happens, and there are many who would like to physically alter how their teeth look. You might be surprised by the range of services cosmetic dentists offer. Porcelain veneers can completely re-define the look, shape, and overall appearance of teeth. More simple professional teeth whitening procedures can give a lift to your smile that you didn’t think was possible.

Sedation Dentist

Did you know that about 20% of people experience deep anxiety about visiting the dentist? For this reason, many dentists now offer sedation services, even for regular visits. In most cases, you will be given an oral sedative that helps to relax you, keep you calm, and limit any discomfort or pain you might feel.

Author Dr. Jonathan McNeil

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