What is a Cosmetic Dentist?

cosmetic dentist in Bend

General and cosmetic dentists both graduate dental school with their doctor in dental surgery (or D.D.S.) so what is the difference between the two? Traditionally a general dentist is someone who performs teeth cleanings, provides x-rays, fills cavities, and takes care of a person’s overall dental health. Meanwhile, a cosmetic dentist is someone who whitens, alters, and repairs teeth to improve their aesthetic appearance. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Bend, Oregon, read this first.

On the surface, the distinction seems simple enough, but it’s much more nuanced than that. While both receive the same dental training, whether or not a dental office chooses to offer cosmetic services is a matter of specialty—not education. In fact, the American Dental Association (or ADA) doesn’t recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty which means that there is no difference (educationally) between a dentist who offers cosmetic services and one who does not.

All of this is to say that if you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in Bend, Oregon, you want to look for experience. Dr. Arredondo has provided cosmetic dentistry for nearly 30 14 years for the simple reason that we believe achieving a healthy smile requires an integrative approach. Health teeth and gums set the foundation for a prettier smile. The straightening, whitening, and perfecting we do only enhance what is already there.

Dr. Dondo is a Cosmetic Dentist in Bend, Oregon. Here Are a Few of the Services We Offer:

Teeth Straightening

If you’ve reached adulthood without ever having had braces, or if you’ve had braces as a child, but your teeth become crooked as an adult, Invisalign might be right for you. These clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible and entirely removable. That means you can straighten your teeth without looking like you’re straightening your teeth. They don’t interfere with your lifestyle and result in a perfectly aligned smile after about 12 months (on average).

Teeth Whitening

Stains from food and beverages can dim the appearance of your teeth over time. For this reason, once your teeth are straight, you may wish to have them whitened for maximum appeal. We use bleach trays and high-strength whitening gel to help our patients achieve a bright white smile. Trays are worn for a few hours each day until the desired results have been achieved. Though tooth sensitivity may be a factor during whitening, it is usually only transitional.


If your teeth are overly small, have gaps, or need some repair, veneers can take your smile all the way. Made from thin layers of porcelain, veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth. This results in whiter, fuller, thicker, less translucent, and more opaque teeth. They can change the shape, color, contour, and even the position of your teeth. And in a really short period of time too.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Bend, we’d love to help. Schedule your appointment to learn more.


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