At Holly Dental Practice in Preston, every possible effort is made to ensure each patient receives the smile they’ve always dreamed of.
Furthermore, Andy recently spent two years studying all aspects of smile design concepts and techniques during his Post graduate Diploma in Cosmetic and Restorative dentistry. This included everything from simple tooth proportions, to advanced gum re-contouring surgery to correct ‘gummy’ and asymmetrical smiles. During this process, he completed a number of cases which were presented to, and passed by, some of the leading cosmetic and restorative dentists in the country, and he now uses every bit of his knowledge and experience in even the most simple and routine of cases.
A huge, huge thank you to Andy and Michelle at Holly Dental for all their hard work over the last few months and giving me the most amazing smile for my wedding day!! I had a real fear of dentists before visiting Andy but he put me at ease from the minute I met him. I have had quite a lot of work done and can honestly say i actually looked forward to going in the end.........even the injections didn't hurt!! I would highly recommended Andy to anyone who needs any work doing, both Andy and Michelle are absolutely wonderful!!
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How is a great smile designed?
Using a specific sequence of questions, trials and diagnostics, each patient is fully assessed on what they expect from their new smile, whether that be a complete Hollywood smile makeover, or a more conservative and natural looking smile. You will be asked for details and specifications you’ve probably not even considered yourself to ensure that every aspect is covered, and that the result will guarantee to give you the confidence that only a Hollywood smile creation can.
Following this, an accurate set of impressions are taken and sent to our specialist laboratory along with a prescription formed from the detailed specifications of the patient’s wishes. A week or two later, the patient will then be shown a diagnostic wax up.
A diagnostic wax up is simply a mock-up of what the prescribed restorations would look like. They are built up in wax by highly skilled technicians, on stone models that are cast from the patient’s previous impressions. This therefore makes this wax up an exact replica of what the patient can expect the final restorations to look, and each wax up is custom made as per the patient’s original needs. The wax up can be adjusted an unlimited number of times at no extra cost, until the patient is 100% happy with the shape, size and overall appearance of the teeth.
The dentist will then fabricate a preparation guide using this diagnostic wax up. The sole reason for this guide is simply to make sure that the minimal possible amount of enamel is removed from each tooth, whilst leaving enough room for the desired thickness of the restorations. This stage can be time consuming, and as a result is routinely missed out by a lot of dentists. At Holly Dental Practice we believe that every attempt should be made, no matter how time consuming, to ensure that the health and vitality of every tooth is conserved throughout every cosmetic procedure.
Once the teeth are prepared, the wax up is again used to help restore the teeth with temporary veneers or crowns. A special process is used for every case to help restore the patient’s teeth not to how they were before, but with replicas of the final restorations. This allows both the patient and dentist to further assess the prescribed restorations within the patient’s face and smile contours, which is extremely important as tooth shapes and proportions that look good on a stone model of the patient’s teeth, don’t necessarily suit the patient’s face or smile.
Any changes needed in the patient’s temporary restorations are then documented, sent to the lab, and eventually transferred to the finished restorations.
The final restorations are then fitted approximately two weeks later.