An aggressive approach to treatment planning is usually more straightforward for dentists to achieve more ideal results. For example, when dentists are doing your smile design, the more teeth you include, the easier it will be to change the look of your new smile.
You want a longer whiter smile to have a younger look. If you are doing the upper six center veneers only, your six teeth can be whiter and longer, but that does not mean you get the desired smile. To make it look natural and blend in and still look longer and whiter, you have to give your veneers the color and length to transition nicely from your other upper and lower teeth. So, dentists have more restrictions on doing a new smile. If you are taking an aggressive approach that involves more teeth. For example, for the upper and lower ten teeth (a total of 20), you can pick almost any white color you want. Still, all the colors match because you are doing all the teeth that show. Also, you can make your teeth longer as long as the function allows. The downside of the aggressive approach is that more teeth get involved, and the cost could go up.
Even when you focus on one tooth, more tooth reduction causes less support for the restoration. The veneers and crowns last much longer when you have more tooth structure under repair. Of course, when you have a root canal treatment, the tooth is much weaker than the vital tooth to support restorations.
For an extreme example, if you want an ideal smile, you can pull all your teeth out and make upper and lower full dentures. This way, you can have excellent gum color, shape, and exposure, and you can choose any form or colored teeth, however and wherever you would like. It's an easy solution, but no one wants that because it is too aggressive.
In conclusion, it is effortless to have aggressive treatment plans. However, dentists and lab technicians must be more experienced and creative to make conservative treatment plans. More skills and techniques are necessary to do so, but your new smile lasts longer due to solid support, and the cost of the treatment is much less.
Find a trustworthy dentist who makes your interest their priority.
It is sometimes hard to find a trustworthy dentist. The best way to find a responsible practice is to ask friends or coworkers. If you don't have anyone to ask personally, try to get a recommendation from a dental professional society or association such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
It's essential to get recommendations when you think you want to start this treatment. When a dentist proposes a treatment plan, ask questions to understand why you need that treatment. Get a second opinion before beginning treatments if you still have a good reason to doubt the recommendation.
One of our patients came to the office for a second opinion because she had doubts about another practice's treatment plans. She was relieved to find a trustworthy dentist.
Dr. Shimizu is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. There are 419 dental professionals worldwide (Only four in Houston) as of 2022 who have achieved this prestigious honor.