More and more people are looking to improve their smile. The good news is that cosmetic dentistry isn’t just for a select few film stars and private jet owners. Dentists have so many fantastic materials available that all dental treatment can be done in a way that looks great and appears natural.

I believe that there are 3 rules that should be followed with cosmetic dentistry. This rules are simple but key to success.

Andrew’s Rules of Cosmetic Dentistry


1. It must be done in a way that is sympathetic to the teeth.

It should not be done in a way that is destructive. What is the point in having treatment that looks lovely but has irreversibly damaged the teeth? Cosmetic treatment should be done conservatively, considering the long term health of the teeth.

2. It must be carefully planned.

If cosmetic treatment is carefully planned, your dentist will be able to spot parts of the treatment that may be tricky and avoid surprises as much as possible. If your dentist rushes in with the drill, things inevitably go wrong and the end result will not look nearly as good. Doing cosmetic dentistry properly requires patience and planning.

3. It must be tailored to the patient’s goals.

If you are having treatment to improve your smile, it is your choice. You have taken the decision to have it so the dentist needs to be focused on the reasons you want to have it done. If your dentist makes your teeth look more even but all you cared about was the colour then that treatment didn’t focus on your goals when it was planned. This is ever so important.

If treatment is provided without following these basic rules, it won’t give you what you wanted when you first decided to improve your smile.

In this section, we will explore different cosmetic treatments and solutions for different cosmetic issues.

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