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So...I have heard that cosmetic dentistry can generate lots of money, but is cosmetic denstistry a specialty? Or any dentist can do it? What kind of training do you need to have a practice in cosmetic denstistry?
 

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coolslugs said:
So...I have heard that cosmetic dentistry can generate lots of money, but is cosmetic denstistry a specialty? Or any dentist can do it? What kind of training do you need to have a practice in cosmetic denstistry?
Cosmetics generate ALOT of money when you're actually doing the case. But there is generally a tremendous amount of time spent on consultations and prep for cases.

A general dentist is basically producing all the time. A cosmetic dentist often gives away time for free by doing consults that might not even yield a case.

As far as I know...there is no cosmetic dentistry specialty. My general dentist has been trying to get me to have veneers for years and he did no post-grad residency of any sort.
 

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There's no specialty for cosmetics and any general dentist can do it...hence the possible problems. My boss goes to the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies every year with her team to learn smile design, full mouth reconstruction, etc. It makes huge money when you do an entire arch and each tooth is $1000. 2 arches is even better. There is some extra chair time for adjustments and consults, but when you do four cases in just a few months....well, that seems worth it. Plus, it's one of the coolest aspects of dentistry. The women who have been in our office have left with tears in their eyes (with just their temporaries on) because their smiles are completely changed in around 4 hours. Those with occlusion problems have their lives changed because their migraines and neck pain are gone. It's pretty neat and my boss is really passionate about it. Dentists have been in the news lately, though, who are not properly trained and have seriously messed up people's teeth by putting veneers and the like on improperly.
 
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coolslugs said:
So...I have heard that cosmetic dentistry can generate lots of money, but is cosmetic denstistry a specialty? Or any dentist can do it? What kind of training do you need to have a practice in cosmetic denstistry?

it is not a specialty , but people arent exactly liining up to pay 30k in cash to cap all their teeth. You have to have an amazing business sense and the skills to sell and market your practice if you want to make alot a money. Alot of dentists have zero social/people skills and and don't realize just how difficult it is to develop a loyal and consistent patient base
 

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It also helps to have a practice in an location with lots of people that can afford it.
 
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