Ross was really unhappy with his smile as there had been some wear of his upper front teeth over time. He wanted to improve this and to have a bright white smile. We initially opted for a very common, minimally invasive treatment known as composite bonding as well as tooth whitening.
We repaired the edges of the top front eight teeth with very little drilling, however due to the limitations of the strength of the material and the nature of the wear on the teeth, the white filling material did not stay in place.
After replacement of the filling material, we knew that it wasn’t going to be a long term success and ultimately would not give him the perfect smile he wanted.
We then discussed the option of porcelain veneers/ crowns. After some careful planning, this was the next step we took. We minimally prepared the top front 8 teeth and with close communication with our excellent dental technician, we were able to provide Ross with the smile he now has. We are so pleased that Ross is happy with the result.
In modern dentistry, we always try to opt for the most conservative/ minimally invasive treatment method, however, in some situations we have no option but to prepare teeth to enable them to withstand certain restorations and to give the aesthetic result that patients wish for. We consider each patient’s wishes on a case by case basis and always aim to work in their best interests. There is never a “one treatment fits all” in any form of dental treatment. This is especially apparent in cosmetic dental treatment.