Cosmetic dentistry offers services to support the overall appearance of your smile with focus on your gum and tooth aesthetic. If you are looking to brighten your smile, Guilliot Dental offers a whitening service through their cosmetic dentistry department. Other cosmetic procedures include, but are not limited to: teeth bonding, composite fillings, porcelain work, as well as crown and cap services. These are all services that general dentistry does not offer. 

General dentistry offers all of your basic and routine oral health needs such as your twice a year teeth cleaning, x-ray capturing and examination, and providing services that maintain your overall oral health care. A general dentist can also diagnose oral diseases and assist in creating a plan of action for your needed treatment. 

Thoroughly talking through your oral health needs and wants at each of your visits with your dentist will guide you to the right department for any procedures and/or treatments. From here, you can discuss the financial ties that come with these procedures and/or treatments.  

Education & Experience

The education requirements for general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry  are very different. In order to become a dentist, one must graduate from an accredited dental school and earn a Doctor of Dental School degree, also known as DDS, or a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree, also known as a DMD. These degrees will set someone up for success in general dentistry. Further education and training on specialized areas of interest can be pursued after completion of these programs. The American Dental Association, also known as the ADA, recognizes 12 dental specialties: 

  1. Dental Anesthesiology 
  2. Dental Public Health
  3. Endodontics 
  4. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology 
  5. Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology 
  6. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 
  7. Oral Medicine
  8. Orofacial Pain
  9. Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  10. Pediatric Dentistry 
  11. Periodontics
  12. Prosthodontics 

Cosmetic dentistry is not one of the 12 recognized specialties by the ADA. Someone interested in cosmetic dentistry would seek additional training after earning their DDS or DMD specialize in this area. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, also known as the ACCD offers an accredited program for dentists who are looking to focus in cosmetic dentistry. This program’s examination process includes a written test, clinical cases, and oral exams.

Being sure to research that your general dentist and cosmetic dentist have accredited educational training will maximize your overall dental visit experiences. 

Guilliot Dental features two well-seasoned dentists, Dr. Jared W. Guilliot and Dr. J. Albert Guilliot, along with a resourceful and skilled team of dental assistants and hygienists who together, offer both general and cosmetic dentistry services locally for you at their two locations in Lafayette and Broussard, Louisiana. 

One-Stop-Shop Choosing a local dental business like Guilliot Dental will allow you to get your general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry needs in one location. In addition to these services, Guilliot Dental offers even more through their oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics, restorations, and lanap departments with two convenient locations. Request a consultation and/or appointment through their website or give them a call today. The Guilliot Dental’s organized and friendly office team is ready to reserve a date and time for you at either of their two local locations in Lafayette or Broussard, Louisiana.