At one Christchurch dental clinic, dentistry has evolved to a technology-driven art from. Metropol catches up with trailblazing holistic dentist Dr David Kao from Christchurch Boutique Dental about his craft.
WHAT IS HOLISTIC DENTISTRY?
“Holistic dentistry is how I describe our philosophy. It’s a balanced approach, we consider the whole form and function of a client’s teeth, jaw and face to inform what we do.
“Not only do we apply our knowledge of the medical science behind dentistry, but we use cutting-edge technology and our specialist expertise so our work not only improves oral health, but it gives clients a precise and natural cosmetic result, too.”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR USE OF A MICROSCOPE IN YOUR WORK.
“We use cutting-edge microscopic technology to deliver design-guided, natural results. The microscope allows us to create results 20 times more precise than the naked human eye can register, whether that’s sealing a root canal, perfecting a crown, bridge or veneer, or grafting tissue.
“We also use digital photo and video scanning and modelling technology for everything from modelling tooth implants to cosmetic smile design.”
WHAT KIND OF TREATMENTS DO BOUTIQUE DENTAL DO?
“We know the connection between facial aesthetics and dentistry performance is important. So, as well as a full range of dental procedures – fillings, crowns, bridges, periodontal, root canals, gum and oral surgery, and implants – we also offer cosmetic dentistry including Invisalign, digital smile design, teeth whitening, veneers, dermal fillers and Botox.”
Find Christchurch Boutique Dental at 105 Wainui Street, Riccarton Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm. Phone (03) 925 9929. www.boutiquedental.co.nz
Heralding a new era of dentistry, Dr David Kao, owner of Christchurch Boutique Dental is a vanguard of ‘dentistry as an art form’.
Dr Kao’s unique methods hold a mirror up to nature, intent on treating Gaia-like, the essential symbiotic union between teeth, jaw and facial muscles, promoting facial aesthetics, including wrinkle reduction, to ensure harmony and balance.
He understands that not only function, but beautiful form begins with these natural fundamentals. “If dentistry is perfected on a microscopic level, cosmetic improvements will follow naturally.”
Dr Kao prefers a tailored approach, with a rigorous commitment to bespoke solutions and positive outcomes.
Bio emulation methods mean his treatments follow the natural groove and ridge of teeth with the understanding that each has a function, leading to personalised results.
Regularly training around the world in the latest techniques, his holistic approach encompasses the reality that an incorrect or worn bite pressures the facial muscles that scaffold from jaw to temple, creating wrinkles.
‘Aesthetically pleasing’ does not equate perfection however, and in Dr Kao’s practice, the smiles he fashions retain character. He collaborates with master dental technicians from around the world to create bespoke veneers, crowns and bridges.
Dr Kao’s composite fillings maintain the original, natural colours, contours and even the staining of teeth. For Dr Kao, microscope dentistry, smile design and facial aesthetics including fillers and Botox, along with his natural philosophy, are his passion. He adores the process of ensuring harmonious interplay between all the factors that create the best yet most natural looking you.