The management of anterior aesthetic cases is often a daunting task as patients who are well informed from the media and the Internet make increasing requests for the “perfect” smile.
Terms like porcelain veneers, bonding, and teeth whitening have gone mainstream in the lexicon of restorative dentistry along with trademarked products like E.max, Invisalign, Lumineers, and DSD. Today’s esthetic dentist is expected to master form, function, and esthetics and arrive at a treatment decision that meets the expectations of the patient.
So where do we begin? Is every patient an aesthetic makeover candidate? What materials do we choose for the restorations? How do we communicate our desires to the dental ceramist? What if our patient does not accept the full treatment plan? Knowing where and when to make compromises in our treatment decisions is one of the hardest tasks that dentists do on a daily basis.
This short program will explore some of the endless possibilities we can achieve by planning cases out methodically and remaining true to the mantra of “Responsible Aesthetics”.
- Utilizing a systematic approach to planning any anterior case, simple of complex
- Develop an understanding of the criteria for a no-prep vs. prepped veneer case
- See where digital tools fit in the aesthetic workflow of an anterior case
Bio: Edward Lowe, B.Sc., D.M.D., is a 1986 graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Dentistry. He maintains a full-time private practice devoted to comprehensive functional aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry in downtown Vancouver, BC.
He is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry for the past 11 years. Dr. Lowe has published over 70 articles and lectures internationally on comprehensive restorative & aesthetic dentistry.