In theory, cosmetic dental treatments are straightforward: we all want straighter, whiter smiles. However, giving you the smile you want requires a lot of planning on the part of your dentist.
Cosmetic dentistry entails more than just putting a veneer on a tooth or applying whitening gel and leaving it to sit. Your Winnipeg dentist will discuss your goals with you and evaluate your current smile. Then they must use the tools they have to try to achieve their objectives.
The dentists at Munroe Dental Centre understand that your smile is a reflection of who you are, and how you communicate. So we know that several factors need to be considered when embarking on this journey toward a straighter, brighter smile.
How Do Patient's Expectations Factor In?
The patient's goals and expectations are the most important factors that our dentists consider before beginning any treatment. We make an effort to comprehend our patients' primary complaints and concerns so that we can tailor our treatment plan to a positive outcome.
After a thorough assessment, your dentist will highlight treatment options and expected outcomes with you for you to make an informed treatment decision. This allows you to give input and ask any questions that you may have.
With the help of dental technology such as the iTero scanner, our Winnipeg dentists can create digital renditions of our patient's smiles and even show them how their treatment will progress. This allows our patients to feel more confident in their treatment plans.
What are the factors dentists consider?
There are several things that your dentist will need to consider when mapping out your treatment plan and visualizing the result. Some of these factors include:
Facial Aesthetics - From a visual standpoint, the overall evaluation of the smile must begin. Your smile's appearance is influenced by your facial features and proportions. Your dentist will examine your facial features for asymmetries. Asymmetry issues can be an indication of skeletal or growth and development issues, which may or may not affect the patient's smiles.
Tooth Position - Current tooth position is an incredibly important aspect that needs to be assessed. Without proper evaluation, this can lead to the dentist attempting to obtain ideal results unsuccessfully when the tooth or root is improperly angled or is in the wrong position.
Upper Lip Length, Lip Position, Mobility, and Symmetry - When it comes to the appearance of your smile, your lips are crucial because they define its boundaries. Overall lip mobility is simply the movement of the lips from their resting position to their most extreme position when the patient smiles spontaneously, and it is proportional to upper lip length. Because a significant portion of the patient population has asymmetry in upper and lower lip movement, the overall symmetry of the patient's lip mobility must be assessed. This can cause asymmetry in the patient's overall smile by displaying more teeth and/or gum on one side versus the other.
Incisal Edge Position - The incisal (front teeth) edge position must also be evaluated about the surrounding tissues as well. Generally, your front teeth should be parallel to your pupils.
Midline - The position of the teeth, and the dental midline regarding the facial midline have to be assessed during the smile evaluation. It is important to evaluate the relationship of the dental midline to the facial midline in addition to the overall angle of the midline. If there are slight differences in the midline angle, it can be quite noticeable to many people.
Tooth Proportions - Overall tooth proportions are another key and critically important assessment that must be made by your dentist during the initial examination.
Microesthetics - Your dentist will examine you and talk to you about the final colour or shade you want. They should choose a colour that is both naturally appealing and aesthetically pleasing. The dentist should also inform the lab technician about the desired facial surface texture, overall incisal translucency, and other tooth characteristics such as incisal effects, embrasures, tooth shape, and value and hue variations.