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Difference Between a Dentist and a Cosmetic Dentist

The world of dentistry is much like any other sector of the medical field. There are professionals who provide general services and those who provide more specialized ones. If you are wondering what the difference happens to be between a dentist and a cosmetic dentist, read on. You will soon have a clearer idea of what each kind of professional offers in the way of dental services.

The Dentist

In most cases, people referring to a dentist mean a dental professional who offers a broad range of treatment options. The goal in most cases is to provide support with issues that threaten to harm the patient’s health in some manner. Those services often include things like root canals, teeth extractions, treatments for gum disease, and fillings.

General dentists may offer their services to specific age groups, or to families and individuals in general. Today, it’s not unusual for a dentist to operate a website that includes an overview of the types of dental services offered. This makes it easier to determine if you need some sort of basic dental care or if you would do better to seek out the services of a specialist.

How About the Cosmetic Dentist?

The cosmetic dentist offers services that have to do with improving or preserving the appearance of your teeth. To that end, these professionals often offer services such as veneers, a crown if needed, and treatments for broken or cracked teeth. Many also provide support when it comes to solutions that will replace natural teeth. For example, a cosmetic dentist may offer dental implant services, the creation of partial dentures, and even fitting the patient for a full set of denture plates.

Is There Any Overlap?

There is quite a bit of overlap when it comes to providing patients with treatments intended to protect the teeth while enhancing their appearance. Both general dentists and cosmetic dentists receive the same basic training and are capable of helping a patient with most types of dental situations.

For example, you could go to a general dentist if you need a tooth extracted. If the plan is to get rid of that tooth and replace it with an implant, a cosmetic dental professional could manage both procedures for you. In like manner, a general dentist would be capable of administering whitening treatments as well as a cosmetic dentist.

Cosmetic and general dentists would each be able to fill a cavity for you. The difference would be that the general dentist would most likely use an amalgam filler that would protect the rest of the tooth, but not necessarily provide a fully natural appearance. By contrast, the cosmetic dentist would likely use a composite filling that matched the color of the tooth. The cosmetic dental professional might also recommend the installation of a crown to complete the natural look of the repaired tooth.

If you need dental work but are not sure if you need a family dentist or one who is a specialist in cosmetic dental procedures, contact the general dentist first. After an examination, the professional will know if it’s something he or she can manage for you, or if a referral to a cosmetic dental expert would be best.

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Dear Smile Centre Family,

The Ontario Government has announced new restrictions in various regions of the province beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions include moving the regions of Toronto and Peel into Lockdown (maximum measures) status. You can find the status of all regions in Ontario here.

With the announcement that Toronto and Peel regions are heading into lockdown as of tomorrow, we wanted to let you know that all of our Smile Centre locations are still OPEN.

As medical/health providers, we have been classified as providing essential services and will continue to provide both preventive and restorative, as well as emergency treatment. Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we go above and beyond all of the recommended safety protocols to keep you, your loved ones, and our team healthy and safe. That is, and always will be our highest priority.

If you have not visited one of our clinics lately, here is a reminder of what you can expect at your next visit:


A COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire will be sent to you prior to your appointment. Please ensure that you respond prior to your office visit. You will be screened again upon arrival and a team member will ask you some questions and take your temperature before you enter the treatment area. You will also notice signage throughout the clinics regarding safety measures in place in the facility, such as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing, and hand-sanitizing.


We ask that all patients please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait in your vehicle to reduce the number of people in the waiting area and to aid in social distancing. Please text or call us to let us know that you have arrived and we will let you know when it is ok to enter the office. You will be required to wear a mask at all times in the dental office, except for during treatment, in the treatment room. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.


We have removed most of the seating from our waiting rooms. Whenever possible, we are having patients wait outside of the clinic until their appointment time. However, if you do need to use one of our chairs, please do so. We will ensure the surfaces of the chairs are sanitized after every use. Our receptionists have plexiglass shields in front of them at all times - we ask that you please respect social distancing, even at the front desk, and refrain from touching surfaces there whenever possible and stay behind the shields while speaking with the staff. Our debit/credit machines do accept tap, and are disinfected after every use. We can also offer contactless credit card payment using your smart phone.


All of our clinical team members will be wearing full PPE, such as a mask, glasses and gloves, as well as a face shield with cap and isolation gown when needed. Our team members will let you know when it is safe for you to remove your mask and also when to put it back on at the end of the appointment. At the start of each appointment, every patient will also be given a pre-treatment peroxide based mouth rinse to reduce possible virus in the saliva during intra-oral treatment.


In addition to in-office visits, virtual appointments are available for consultations and discussions regarding treatment, and may also be recommended in order to reduce your number of visits to our clinics. We have many different times available and all you need is a smart phone, tablet or a computer with a camera in order to have a virtual face to face meeting (no mask required).


Appointments will be spread out and schedules staggered in order to allow time for proper cleaning and disinfection. As always, all surfaces in treatment areas will be appropriately disinfected after patient visits in accordance with Public Health guidelines and high traffic contact surfaces throughout the offices will be disinfected at regular intervals throughout the day.

Continuing to follow these guidelines will help to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Underneath these layers of extra protection, rest assured that we are still the same, caring, attentive providers we have always been!

Thank You for your trust in these uncertain times,

Your Smile Centre