The Future Of Cosmetic Dentistry
Happy New Year! May 2011 bring you plenty of smiles and only pleasant dental experiences.
Whether this is the effect of so called “austerity” Britain or just a realisation that on planet earth we need to conserve our resources, it seems that many people are looking to achieve more with fewer resources in all areas of their lives and dentistry appears to be no exception.
In the heyday of full on cosmetics as typified by extreme type makeover programmes, we saw porcelain veneers and crowns being fitted like they were going out of fashion. If the teeth were not in the right position, then porcelain (from which these items are usually made) could sort the proble
m out. The only down side is that whenever you prepare a tooth for a crown or prepare it heavily for a veneer then you run a risk of killing the nerve inside the tooth. Depending on whose research you believe between 5 and 15% of all teeth prepared this way will eventually die. So it is little wonder that more and more patients and dentists have been asking what the alternatives to crowns or porcelain veneers are.
In situations where teeth are a long way out of position more patients are tending to align the teeth first to improve their overall position before they have the final veneers or bonds placed. This in turn reduces how much tooth needs to be removed. Though it may add 12-18 weeks to treatment time, is this really an issue when you are looking fro results to last for years and years?