The rise of Minimal Intervention Dentistry

27/11/2013

mid imageYou may have heard of minimal intervention dentistry and wondered what it is. It is the dental term for the use of techniques which aesthetically change the smile with minimal disruption to the tooth’s natural surface.

10 years ago, if you wanted a straighter, whiter smile, the most predictable results would be achieved by placing porcelain veneers.  This treatment involves the reduction of the natural tooth surface to enable a porcelain veneer to be secured.  Preparation of a healthy natural tooth is not ideal and therefore techniques have been developed and improved to produce predictable results through minimal preparation of the natural tooth and we are delighted to say these techniques are all available at The Smile Spa.

There are 3 key areas to Minimal Intervention Dentistry often referred to as A,B,C

A – Alignment

Alignment or straightening treatment known as Cosmetic Orthodontic treatments have advanced over the years. Many treatments are discreet compared to the traditional ‘train track’ effect and they are much quicker too. For instance, Invisalign offers total discretion as it uses a system of clear aligners to gently move the teeth into place. Fastbraces is unique in its design and that it can move both the tooth and root at the same time, speeding up the treatment process to as little as 12 weeks!

B- Bleaching

Bleaching is the process of lightening the colour of teeth or a single tooth. A single tooth can become discoloured through root damage, causing it to look darker than the teeth around it. Internal bleaching is a process of whitening from the inside of the tooth, returning it to its natural colour.  Teeth whitening is ideal for people who would prefer their teeth to have a brighter appearance.

 

C- Composite Bonding

Bonding is the application of a tooth-coloured composite resin to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discoloured tooth. Unlike veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require a customized mould to achieve a proper fit, bonding can be done in a single visit. The procedure is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth.

A smile makeover can involve all or some of these treatments to achieve the smile you have always wanted.