The objective for aesthetics in dentistry is to produce a natural smile with a healthy appearance of teeth and gums. The main components of dental aesthetics are shape, alignment, lip and cheek support, colour, translucence and fluorescence as well as surface texture and superficial gloss.
Over the years, we have learnt from many of our patients that their goal of treatment is improvement, not necessarily deliver a ‘Hollywood’ smile. Gum health is also very important. Stained and discoloured teeth can have their colour changed with bleaching which can be done at home or in the dental office, whichever you would prefer. The replacement of old stained restorations can provide immediate aesthetic improvement.
Sometimes, veneers, made from porcelain or tooth coloured filling materials, can be used to change colour and alignment as well as shape and length. Crowns can also be used for this purpose. Other procedures, including surgery to your gums, may be needed to deliver the best aesthetic result. Orthodontic treatment may be required to achieve satisfactory alignment. It is important both you and your dental team reach an understanding of the aesthetic objectives during the treatment planning phase.