The creator of The Online Dentist, Andrew Wilson (GDC number 209563) is the winner of Best Young Dentist in the UK 2017. He offers solutions for patients to improve their smiles without damaging their natural teeth. Andrew believes that cosmetic treatments must be done in a way that protects and preserves teeth; not just destroying them. We’ve asked Andrew to explain the rules that he follows when improving his patient’s smiles.
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.
1. It must be done in a way that is sympathetic to the teeth.
Cosmetic dental treatments should not be destructive to the natural teeth. 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 during treatment. 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 your dentist needs to be focused on the reasons why 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 has failed to meet your goals. Your dentist needs to be listening to you. This is ever so important.
If treatment is provided without following these basic rules, it will fail. But if your dentist is listening to you and plans your treatment correctly, you can achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.