Cosmetic Dentistry: What’s Universal And What Isn’t?

When you start thinking about how your smile might look after cosmetic dentistry, you may come up with two scenarios. In the first, you find that it looks extraordinary, thanks to personalized treatment. In the second scenario, you might imagine a smile that looks good but that also looks unnatural and unflattering to your other facial features. The good news is that the only possible outcome is the first scenario. “But don’t you offer universal treatments? Doesn’t everyone get the same result?” you might ask. Not exactly. We do offer a set roster of treatments but the features of your care are not identical to those of another patient. Let us explain.

What’s Universal About Cosmetic Care?

When patients come to us, we offer every single patient the opportunity to improve the way his or her smile looks. We don’t turn patients down or insist cosmetic dentistry isn’t an option. Instead, we take a universal approach to dental care, which means we offer dental care to all. In addition, we offer a comprehensive selection of treatments from which patients may receive care. Every patient has access to teeth whitening, dental bonding, dental contouring, and porcelain veneers. Every patient also has the opportunity to speak with us, to receive an examination, and to receive a personalized care plan.

What’s Customized?

Then, of course, there are those aspects of cosmetic dentistry that are not universal. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Two different patients may receive two different suggestions for a similar problem. For instance, two patients want a whiter smile. For one, whitening may be best. For the other, veneers may be best.
  • Patients each receive unique care plans that address their needs.
  • Treatments that we can customize (such as bonding, contouring, and veneers) are matched to each patient’s preferences and unique smile features. For instance, the veneers one patient receives are not identical to those of another.


Our team offers our patients and their family access to comprehensive dental care, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. To schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.