There is no recognized specialty of cosmetic dentistry, but there are dentists who specialize in cosmetic procedures. They are commonly called cosmetic dentists. Traditionally, that was the place to make an appointment for any cosmetic procedures. Dental insurance does not cover elective cosmetic procedures, so costs are the responsibility of patients.
Technological advances allow many cosmetic procedures to be completed in the office of a general dentist. Costs may be lower at a general dentist and, in some cases, partial insurance coverage may be approved. Cosmetic bonding is an example. This procedure is used to fix chipped or broken teeth. It will also protect the tooth from further damage, so some cost reduction may be available via an insurance policy.
Professional whitening can be completed by a general dentist as can composite or porcelain cavity fillings. Veneers are fabricated in a dental laboratory, but a general dentist can make …