Aesthetic Dentistry at Leeming Dental
What is aesthetic dentistry?
Aesthetic dentistry is a dental approach that focuses on creating smiles for better oral health, function and a more natural looking result that harmonises with your face and personality.
Aesthetic dentistry spans all dental treatment areas, including:
- general and
- cosmetic dental treatments.
How is aesthetic dentistry different to cosmetic dentistry?
The easiest way to answer this question may be with a question. Do you want a “Hollywood” smile no matter how damaging and invasive the prep may be, or natural, healthy teeth that still meet all your aesthetic expectations?
Aesthetic dentistry – in the context of cosmetic dental treatment – aims to improve smiles by utilising the most conservative and minimally invasive dental techniques. This holistic approach helps preserve natural tooth structure for better bite functionality and oral health.
On the other hand, “celebrity-style” cosmetic smile makeovers focus mainly on accentuating the teeth’s appearance thus drawing more attention to them. Think dazzling perfectly-shaped, pearly white teeth that may look unnatural and fake. Additionally, certain “quick fix” cosmetic procedures may potentially affect your oral health, especially if aggressive prep sacrifices, damages and/or weakens too much of your natural tooth structure.
Bottom line – cosmetic dental procedures can create the appearance of strong, healthy teeth but may make them weaker and unhealthy in the long term.
Aesthetic dentistry – contemporary dentistry at its finest
Aesthetic dentistry requires a very high-end level of precision and meticulousness. This is because an aesthetic dental approach utilises the highest standard ethical and conservative procedures to achieve the best patient outcomes.
An aesthetic dentist takes no short cuts when it comes to ticking all the boxes for aesthetics, oral health and function in a patient’s treatment plan.
3D digital tools (3D SCANS/CAD/CAM), digital workflows and advanced bio-materials have also become an essential part of customising aesthetic treatment diagnostics, planning and processes.
Common aesthetic dentistry techniques
Aesthetic dental techniques can be utilised in a wide range of smile makeover treatment plans. However, the most beneficial techniques used in conservative, aesthetic tooth restorations include:
- Dental bonding
- Teeth whitening
- Teeth straightening – orthodontics
- Dental fillings
- Non-prep/advanced veneers
- Partial crowns, inlays and onlays
- Dental implants
What aesthetic procedures are right for me?
To understand which aesthetic dentistry options are right for you, it is essential to consult with your aesthetic dentist. They can assess your oral health and determine which aesthetic dentistry techniques can best achieve a natural smile makeover – with the least amount of invasive prep possible.
The oral health benefits of aesthetic dentistry
Aesthetic dentistry can benefit your oral health in a number of ways, including:
- Better bite function for improved chewing ability, digestion and nourishment
- Preservation of natural tooth structure
- Prevention of further damage to your affected teeth
- Healthier gums
- Better oral hygiene
- Strengthen weak teeth
- Prevention of uneven tooth wear
- Better quality of life – personally, socially and professionally
Aesthetic dentistry at Leeming Dental
Our aesthetic dental treatment innovations can help ensure that your smile makeover is natural, beautiful and healthy. To book a consultation with one of our aesthetic, restorative dentist, call our helpful reception today on 08 9310 3367 or book online!
Want to read more about aesthetic dentistry?
Check out our recent oral health article “How aesthetic dentistry can give you a healthier smile makeover” for an in-depth look at an aesthetic dentistry case study.
Case study – Aesthetic vs cosmetic approach
Aesthetic dentistry is less invasive and more conservative
Aesthetic Guidelines The understanding of natural tooth arrangements, positions, proportions, shapes, color, and morphologies (Hall 1887) is the foundation of aesthetic dentistry to mimic nature as closely as possible (Goldstein 1969)
Aesthetic dentistry is not a special discipline or area of dentistry by itself, but with functional and biological considerations, it represents one of the goals of dental treatment interventions, spanning all specialty areas, from preventive and restorative dentistry to prosthodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, as well as oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Adhesive Restorations For malformed, malpositioned, or slightly damaged teeth, adhesively bonded direct and indirect dental materials can restore aesthetics and create a pleasing smile with minimal invasiveness and limited sacrifice of natural tooth structure.
When you come in to repair, restore or replace affected teeth, the dental replacement parts are carefully designed and seamlessly applied. So much so, that none of your friends or family will realise that you have had a helping hand from a dental professional.