I really want my smile to look better. I have been to a DMD and a DDS and I’m trying to figure out which dentist is the best for improving the appearance of my smile? The first dentist suggested I have Invisalign done and also get my teeth whitened. The other dentist was recommending porcelain veneers for stunning results. When I was talking to my friend, she said that a DMD was properly certified for this kind of aesthetic work. I’ve been wanting to have this done for many years, so I want the best dentist.
– Shannon in California
It’s always a good idea to get multiple opinions when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. Although the differentiation between the DDS and DMD really has nothing to do with selecting the best dentist for your treatment. The DDS is a Doctor of Dental Surgery and a DMD is a Doctor of Medical Dentistry. These designations represent the area of study and degree that was awarded at the completion of dental school. Both of these designations indicate that the individual has completed at least three years of undergraduate training, as well as four additional years of dental school. Each of these titles means they can practice general dentistry. One designation is not better than the other, they are deemed equal in the eyes of the state licensing boards.
What you want to consider is finding a cosmetic dentist to do this kind of aesthetic work. Although cosmetic dentistry is not a specialization within dentistry, it does require extensive training beyond dental school to do beautiful work. Ask to see similar cases to yours and research their credentials. What you really want is a cosmetic dentist that takes an artistic approach and has an eye for beauty. The DMD or DDS has nothing to do with making them the best cosmetic dentist. There are multiple ways to fix functional dental problems, and the same holds true with cosmetic dentistry treatments.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD General and Cosmetic Dentistry.