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Cosmetic Dentistry? Dunwoody

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Golden-EggGenerally, cosmetic dentistry performed by a general dentist is centered around improving your appearance, not the functioning of your teeth nor your bite.  Many dentists refer to themselves as ‘cosmetic dentists’ regardless of their lack of specific education, specialty, training, or experience in the field. This has been considered unethical particularly as it relates to the objective of marketing to patients.[1]  Cosmetic dentistry  has never been recognized by the American Dental Association as a formal specialty area of dentistry.[2][3]  Yet, there are still dentists that promote themselves as cosmetic dentists. It’s misleading and infers that a ‘cosmetic dentist’ has some form of credentialed training.  Ironically, ‘cosmetic dentists’ continue to tout themselves as members of the ADA.

Unfortunately, merely correcting the patients aesthetics without giving consideration as to how the mouth functions is a disservice to the patient.  There are only 2 specialties recognized by the ADA that consider the patient’s aesthetics and function during treatment, prosthodontists and orthodontists.  They are formally trained specialists[4] recognized by the ADA that undergo a minimum of 2–3 years full-time rigorous education program after dental school graduation.  These specialties are the paths that lead to board certification approved by the ADA.  Forbes Magazine ranks Prosthodontists as the rarest dental specialist in the U.S.

So the next time you are contemplating ‘cosmetic dentistry’ consider a Pro, a Prosthodontist.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC


290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328


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[1]  Maihofer MG (February 2009). “Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty”. The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association 91 (2): 18. PMID 19288658.

[2] Ibid

[3] “American Association of Public Health Dentistry”.

[4] Dentist trained in a post doctorate university program.


Author: Drs. Novy and ZoAnna Scheinfeld and Hanna Orland

Our team provides your family with contemporary, rewarding, and comfortable dental care. In our Sandy Springs office, patients come first. Everything we do, from the office design, to our clinical and management training, to the friendly atmosphere we foster in the practice, is for your pleasure and satisfaction. Dr. Scheinfeld, a graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry and her associates understand the importance of balancing health and beauty for an amazing smile. Our comprehensive studies in cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and general dentistry, supported with state-of-the-art technology, deliver the strong, healthy, beautiful smile you deserve—the smile you'll feel comfortable sharing with your world.

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