In comparing Burke, Va orthodontics vs cosmetic dentistry, what are the differences and how are the two the same?  It’s a great question and we’ll explain in detail in this article. Here’s the short answer:

Cosmetic dentistry is, as the name suggests, all about aesthetics.  Orthodontic dentistry is focused on fixing structural problems with the teeth, including occlusions, over or underbites, and generally crooked teeth.

Based on those simple answers, as you can see, when comparing Burke, Va orthodontics vs cosmetic dentistry there can easily be, and in practice often is considerable overlap.  To give a more in-depth answer then, the best approach would be to look at some of the services we provide and explain how and why they fall into each category.

Porcelain Veneers

This is a purely cosmetic procedure.  There’s no attempt to reshape the existing teeth, merely to cover over them to improve the overall aesthetic of your smile.  Often, porcelain veneers are used to cover chipped or broken teeth, or to mask a tooth that has a deep, persistent stain on it that has proven unresponsive to various whitening treatment options.

Teeth Whitening

Again, this is a purely cosmetic procedure because no attempt is made to alter the structure of the teeth themselves.  It’s merely a matter of adjusting their color.

Note that our office has three different teeth whitening options:  

  • Our Zoom! In-Office Whitening Treatment
  • The Whitening For Life Program
  • And Our Kor Whitening System

Although the particular vary in terms of how the whitening is achieved, in all three cases, they’re still considered cosmetic treatments.


Braces are an orthodontic treatment designed to straighten the teeth.  As you can see, based on the definitions we gave initially, and the two treatments we’ve talked about above in our Burke, Va orthodontics vs cosmetic dentistry comparison, braces differ markedly from the other two because the treatment seeks to alter the topography of your teeth, as opposed to simply covering or masking them.

Note though, that conventional braces and our two braces alternatives, the Six Month Smiles Program and our Invisalign program all definitely have a cosmetic dimension, because straight teeth is an important element in building a world class smile.

Whatever kind of dental work you need to have done, we’ve got you covered.  We’ve worked hard to become the area’s top-rated dental practice and we offer a wide range of services, both general and cosmetic.

Even if it’s been a while since your teeth have had any TLC, we urge you to call our office and make an appointment.  

We work with a wide variety of insurance providers, and if you don’t have any dental insurance, we can enroll you in our Platinum Membership Program to help defray the cost of getting the care you want and need.  Call us today. You’ll be very glad you did.