DENTAL AESTHETICS – THE ART OF MAKING YOUR TEETH LOOK THEIR BEST
For most of us our smile is an integral part of our self-confidence. At Boston House we aim to deliver a radiant, youthful smile without compromise on dental health and function.
Minimal intervention aesthetic treatment
Our approach is always for ‘minimal intervention’ – to make each tooth look its best without damaging it in the process. It has become fashionable in some practices to offer complete smile make-overs, but we prefer take a more personalised, individual approach. The ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach can result in a rather bland appearance, and there is also the danger of over-treatment, and removing more of the natural tooth than is necessary.
Very careful planning and discussion of the alternatives is an integral part of any treatment plan, which will be based on your specific requests and desires. When a number of teeth are involved we often make a mock-up first (known as a ‘wax-up’) to show the planned improvements on models of your teeth before your teeth are touched. In this way you can be confident of the final result before treatment is started.
Direct natural shade composite restorations
Natural shade composite is the material of choice as it can simply be bonded in place using adhesive with the minimum of tooth preparation. We have a choice of shades for a pleasing and natural colour match.
Veneers can be used to make dramatic improvements to the shade, shape, size and contour of front teeth. They can be made in composite material or porcelain, and involve very little re-shaping of the underlying teeth.
Composite veneers give an excellent natural-looking result, and have the advantage of being completely reversible as there is no reduction of the underlying teeth. For this reason, particularly for young people, we often recommend composite veneers rather than porcelain ones. Layers of carefully matched composite material are built up by hand on the teeth until the desired aesthetic result is achieved. They are then highly polished to give a very natural appearance.
For porcelain veneers some reduction of the outer enamel is necessary, but a minimal preparation technique is always used to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible. After the preparation impressions are taken and the precise shade is agreed. The veneers are then made by our dental technician and once we are sure that they are just as you want them they are bonded into place.
General teeth whitening is often carried as an integral part of plans which are designed to improve the appearance. For example, if some restorative treatment is planned for the upper teeth (such as new crowns or veneers) we often lighten the shade of the lower teeth first so that the crowns can be matched to the new lighter shade. This gives a harmonious, natural appearance. The lightening process is usually carried out at home over a period of one to two weeks.
Crowns are advised when it is necessary to protect and restore teeth as well as improving their appearance. They are made with the same attention to detail as veneers. ‘All ceramic’ crowns give a particularly natural appearance as there is no metal.
Many of our patients also see our orthodontist Natasha for advice as to whether re-aligning their teeth would give the necessary improvements. Orthodontics for adults is very much part of our practice, and can be carried out at any age. More information is given on the orthodontics page.
Want a flawless smile? Have you become resigned to living with a smile you are unhappy with? When you pose for photographs or meet new people, do you find yourself hesitant to open your mouth and when you smile do you worry about the kind of first impression you might be making?
For most of us our smile is an integral part of our self-confidence.
At Boston House we aim to deliver a radiant, youthful smile without compromise on dental health and function.