Cosmetic Dentist

Fix the look of teeth for a better appearance.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
~ $161,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cosmetic Dentists do?

Cosmetic Dentists fix teeth to make them straighter, whiter, and more visually appealing. They repair teeth to help their patients look better on the outside. Deep down, though, Cosmetic Dentists also repair their confidence and help them feel better on the inside by perfecting their not-so-pearly whites.

On any given day as a Cosmetic Dentist, you use a variety of techniques to transform tattered teeth into toothsome grins. Some techniques are fairly routine, like fitting crowns and injecting tooth-colored fillings. These procedures mask imperfections in the tooth to make it look more natural.

Other procedures are more invasive. Surgery is used to fix problems with tooth placement, like overbites. If you’re whitening teeth, you apply chemical agents that remove stains without damaging the enamel.

More so than general Dentists who perform root canals and cleanings, you need to have a creative eye. Each mouth you work on will need a different level of correction, and this style of dentistry is more of an art than a science. For this reason, thorough consultations are extremely important so you can provide your clients with the best possible service. Communication skills are key so you can envision exactly the look they want.

Compassion is also vitally important in your work as a Cosmetic Dentist. Many patients come to you embarrassed because they believe their teeth are ugly. Some may have avoided smiling for a long period of time because of crooked, missing, or yellow teeth. It’s your job to make them feel comfortable enough to show you their teeth without shame.

Should I be a Cosmetic Dentist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Prosthetic Dentist

    How to become a Cosmetic Dentist

    We recommend at least a Doctoral degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's. Check out these schools offering Cosmetic Dentist-related education!
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