It is important to us that we not only create a smile that will look great but will be stable and stand the test of time. Too many smile makeovers have been performed and are failing because of an incomplete understanding of how the teeth and jaws should work as a system. We meticulously plan each smile makeover, and design it to last using the philosophies of Complete Dentistry advocated by the Dawson Academy. We are only too happy to talk to you about the training we have undertaken which we feel really sets us apart.
We use the latest dental treatments to try and make smile makeovers as minimally damaging to the teeth as possible. Cases that until very recently would probably have been treated with 10-20 porcelain crowns and veneers, requiring significant tooth preparations and even root canal treatment are now being replaced by courses of treatment that rely on repositioning the teeth with different types of invisible braces and tooth whitening. Tooth preparation can be reduced to reshaping of enamel, little white filling build ups, or ultra- thin porcelain veneers requiring almost no tooth preparation.
At The Old Surgery Dental we will always look for the least invasive solution as a preferred dental treatment option to truly transform your smile.
Smile makeovers involving possibly multiple crowns, veneers, bridgework and titanium dental implants, can be also planned and carried out using a variety of methods, depending on the complexity of the treatments, and possible constraints imposed by your own time scales and budgets.
There are usually several different ways of achieving a desirable smile. It is very important to us that your requirements are clearly understood before we embark on any treatment. The starting point for any makeover consultation begins with the completion of our detailed smile checklist and clinical photographs of your smile. We then study these and have a meeting where we can look at your desired changes and discuss which solutions may be possible.
The most complete makeover packages offered involve the creation of your ideal smile initially in wax on a stone model of your mouth (called a diagnostic wax-up).
Once the wax-up meets everyone’s requirements, the ideal is to transfer this to a set of prototype restorations. Using prototypes gives us and you so much control compared with the more common method of just preparing teeth, sending the models to the laboratory and then fitting whatever comes back and hoping we like it and it functions well. Teeth are prepared if necessary and then fitted with the restorations, (crowns, veneers, bridgework) created from white filling material. The prototype smile can then be tried out for a period of weeks, even months until we are all with the happy with the new smile. The trial smile is evaluated for appearance, precise function and phonetics (speech). The teeth are easily adjusted and characterised until we know it looks great, feels great and functions correctly. Once we know everything is right we copy the approved prototypes into porcelain.