Cosmetic dental treatments receive a lot of media attention and are the only dental treatment anyone ever seems to talk about. They are particularly popular on extreme makeover TV shows where the patient will have tooth whitening and/or a whole mouth full of crowns and veneers. Good dental health can look good too. A good-looking smile doesn’t have to be associated with outrageous costs. In real life, ‘Cosmetic Dentistry’ is not just about spending $50,000+ on treatments – this is completely out of the question for many people. Ultimately, all dental treatments should be as ‘cosmetic’ as they are functional.
WHY PLANNING IS IMPORTANT
Despite the impression the ‘makeover’ TV shows portray, there is more to cosmetics in dentistry than porcelain crowns and veneers. Whether it is as simple as tooth whitening, or replacing failing old silver mercury filings, many modern dental treatments can improve the appearance of the smile.
Planning is the key to a beautiful smile. The most important ingredient in any cosmetic dental treatment, no matter how limited or how extensive the scope or budget… planning. Without proper planning the most expensive treatment will look terrible.
In the world of dentistry, expense is related not only to the advanced education, skill or time of the dentist performing the treatment, but also in part to the advanced training, skill levels and time of the dental technician involved. It’s important to ask your dentist who they partner with for items such as dentures, bridges, crowns, etc. There is a huge trust issue between dentist and dental technician. There are a hundred minor technical steps that must be completed perfectly by the technician in order to have the dental crown, bridge or implant to be ‘fit for purpose’.
If you are considering cosmetic treatment or any other dental procedure be sure to ask your dentist any questions you feel are necessary to boost your trust and confidence in the dental work being provided.