Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a wide range of treatments – some very simple and some enormously complex.
In essence all the treatments are aimed at making your teeth and smile look better! I love this area of dentistry because I enjoy doing it and my patients love the results.
Minimally invasive procedures to achieve better cosmetics
My passion is for non-invasive, or at worst, minimally invasive procedures to achieve better cosmetics.
I like to improve the aesthetics of people’s teeth by doing simple things like:
- replacing stained old fillings with our brand-new technology composite resins
- placing composite veneers to give the impression of straightened teeth
Both these simple techniques require little or no tooth loss and can create amazing results!
The dangers of cosmetic dentistry
I’m sure I bore my patients with my constant mantra of never cutting tooth structure unless you have to!
Destroying tooth structure
There is no doubt that beautiful results cosmetically can be obtained by using porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns. These are services widely used in dentistry but they are very destructive on your tooth structure.
- Porcelain crowns aggressive nature of preparation of the tooth for a crown it may not be able to be redone later in life
- Porcelain veneers usually remove our precious enamel
It is very useful to consider that every material is likely to fail at some stage.
- A crown may have an average life of 20 years
- Porcelain cannot be repaired if it breaks
The benefits of minimally invasive procedures
In my ideal world we should use a filling method that can be repaired, replaced and repeated if necessary.
If there is minimal or no tooth destruction involved with these methods then there is no limit to the number of times they can be renewed throughout your life if need be from wear, breakdown or decay.
This thinking is very important as our population is living many years longer and therefore requires ongoing maintenance.
How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?
Two costs need to be considered always:
- Financial cost – minimum intervention cosmetic dentistry is significantly cheaper than traditional crown and bridge dentistry
- Biological cost – this is the important one! How much of your tooth did you lose in order to produce the result? The number one priority of all of my decisions is to keep as much tooth as possible!
Examples of our cosmetic dentistry work
Here are some pictures of before and afters using minimum intervention techniques. These are my photos, of my patient and of my work so you’ll appreciate they are not Photoshopped! (As evidence by the fact that I’m not a very good photographer!)
In all these cases no tooth structure was destroyed!