Factors to consider when treatment planning for patients seeking comprehensive aesthetic dental treatment

Dent Update. 2013 Sep;40(7):526-8, 531-3. doi: 10.12968/denu.2013.40.7.526.


Co-operation between specialties, improvements in dental materials, bonding technology, increase in public awareness of 'cosmetic dentistry' and patients' desires to improve their appearance, mean that, increasingly, dental practitioners are being asked how elective treatment may be used to improve their patients' smiles. Traditionally, a dentist's role has been to treat disease and promote oral health. Elective, invasive dental treatment needs careful consideration and, often, interdisciplinary planning. The issues dentists may need to consider and discuss with their patients are outlined with reference to dental literature.

Clinical relevance: Requests to dentists to embark upon complex elective treatments to improve their patients' dental appearance are on the increase. It is important that clinicians appropriately assess cases prior to committing to a treatment plan. Considerations to be taken when assessing these patients are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Esthetics, Dental*
  • Humans
  • Malocclusion / complications
  • Malocclusion / therapy
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Periodontal Diseases / complications
  • Periodontal Diseases / therapy