Minimally Invasive Esthetic Upgrade
As the perception of aesthetics and beauty is extremely subjective and largely influenced by personal beliefs, trends, fashion, and input from the media, a universally applicable definition is not available. Hence, smile aesthetics is a multifactorial issue that needs to be adequately addressed during aesthetic treatment. As more information becomes available to patients through different forms of media, they become more critical of how their goals are achieved. A common concern expressed by patients is the amount of healthy tooth structure removed in the process of reaching their desired aesthetic goals. Dental professionals have also expressed their concern over the excessive removal of healthy tooth structure for the sole purpose of upgrading a patient’s appearance.When patients state their preference of more conservative approaches, minimally invasive treatment options can be considered.
Img. 1 – Pre-op photo showing dark left central, unsatisfactory form of the laterals for the patient. Treatment goals: improve color on all teeth by in-office bleaching and walking bleaching on left central, replace all composite fillings and improve form on laterals with direct composite veneers
Img. 2 – Pre-op RTG showing big periapical lesion
Img. 3 – After in-office bleaching and two weeks of walking bleaching on upper left central
Img. 4 – Shade taking with composite buttuns
Img. 5 – Isolation of the preparation
Img. 6 – Immediate post-op, after polishing and removing the rubber dam
Img. 7 – Check up after two weeks for control of composite integration after rehydration
Img. 8 – Control after 3 months
Img. 9 – RTG control after 3 months
Img. 10 – Control after 5 months, note integration of composite fillings and color stabilization
Img. 10 – RTG control after 5 months, note the reducing of the periapical lesion
Img. 11 – Note improvement in color on all teeth and form of the laterals
One of the goals of dentistry is to develop new approaches in restorative dentistry that will reduce the amount of tooth removal during treatment. With advances in material science and restorative techniques, we are able to attain these ideals and recreate nature and improve esthetics with minimal removal of tooth structure.
Delivering a desired smile in an evidence-based manner while meeting the patients preference of a minimally invasive approach can be professionally fulfilling to the dentist and, at the same time, very valuable to the patient. During the course of designing and treating smiles, uncovering patients concerns before finalizing any treatment plan, involving patients in the choices made, and basing decisions on the available scientific evidence can create confidence and guarantee more successful outcomes.