By Danny Chan
Dr Angelo Lazaris runs a solo practice that not only specialises in cosmetic dentistry, but one that is committed to raising its awareness and clinical standards. While his familiar mug continues to grace many high profile publications and TV programs, lending an authoritative voice to public discussions on the subject, Dr Lazaris has been working tirelessly to raise the bar of cosmetic dentistry by introducing a number of innovations and techniques seldom gathered under the same specialty roof.
He is the featured cosmetic dental surgeon in a number of publications including Cosmopolitan, Vogue and The Sydney Morning Herald. Recent television appearances include the Nine Network’s Body Work program, Mornings with Kerrie-Anne and on Fox 8’s Australia’s Next Top Model. Dr Lazaris is also the resident cosmetic dental surgeon on Ninemsn’s Ask the Experts advisory panel and acts as a cosmetic dental advisor for many of Australia’s leading fashion magazines.
His academic credentials are no less impressive. Since earning his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree with Honours in 1991 from the University of Sydney, Dr Lazaris has completed a number of post-graduate courses and educational programs, both in Australia and overseas.
In 2011, Dr Lazaris enrolled in the prestigious Kings College London Dental School’s Post Graduate Masters in Aesthetic Dentistry program. Upon completing the course, he will be amongst the first dentists in the world with this formal qualification.
Dr Lazaris’ extensive training and academic background in the fields of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants and Complex Restorative Dentistry, forms the backbone of his highly integrated practice.
Indeed, his unique yet holistic approach to dental care can be seen writ large on the range of services he provides: digital smile design, porcelain veneers, CEREC CAD/CAM restorations, biomimetic dentistry, the all on four immediate implant technique, 3D CAT SCAN implant surgical planning, Btx and dermal filler treatments and Invisalign clear aligners.
Dr Lazaris is also actively involved in the development of computer-generated planning and reconstruction software and digital photographic techniques for enhancing lab communication.
Why I use Invisalign
Dr Lazaris’ namesake upmarket practice, located on York Street in Sydney’s CBD, has a focus on aesthetically driven restorative and reconstructive procedures. While providing all forms of general and restorative dentistry, the practice’s main area of interest is aesthetic rehabilitation, including: bonded porcelain veneers, implant rehabilitation, complex reconstructions – and more recently, orthodontic treatment with the Invisalign system.
In 2011, the cosmetic dentist was awarded the status of Invisalign Platinum Elite Provider, cementing his position as one of Sydney’s most prolific and experienced Invisalign specialists.
Saying that he treats almost all of his orthodontic patients with the Invisalign system, Dr Lazaris does not offer fixed orthodontics in his practice – preferring to refer those cases beyond the scope of Invisalign to his orthodontist.
“It doesn’t suit my practice model to have inventory on hand for fixed orthodontics when I am seeing its indications decrease over time.
“As the Invisalign product has evolved and my experience levels increase, I am finding that less and less cases need to be referred.”
The upwardly mobile cosmetic surgeon started using Invisalign in 2005, primarily as a pre-restorative protocol for misaligned teeth. Citing an earlier motivation for using the system “to eliminate aggressive preparation for (his) bonded restorations and to gain complete control of tooth positioning”, he found the Invisalign treatment soon gained him access to a completely new market of patients who “would otherwise be forced to choose between fixed orthodontics, aggressive preparation or compromised aesthetic outcomes.”
On the Invisalign system benefits, Dr Lazaris opines: “It is immensely gratifying to be able to deliver uncompromised aesthetic treatments in a completely predictable and minimally-invasive manner.
“I am finding that there is a significant increase in Invisalign case acceptance for alignment amongst my patients, allowing me to present and perform treatments that are highly aesthetic and biologically sound.”
Dr Lazaris also merits the use of Invisalign’s proprietary software ClinCheck®, a treatment planning tool that enables an orthodontist to visualise his or her proposed treatment prior to delivering the first aligner. In addition to detailed patient education and reinforcement, he believes careful planning with the ClinCheck® software is key to a predictable treatment outcome.
Patient comfort is one area where Invisalign comes into its own, Dr Lazaris emphasizes:
“It is unparalleled in terms of patient comfort when compared to fixed brackets, and with the introduction of the SmartTrackTM aligner material, patients are finding Invisalign to be incredibly comfortable, and that in turn influences compliance and treatment success.”
SmartTrack is Invisalign’s new, highly elastic proprietary aligner material that delivers gentle, more constant force while improving control of tooth movements with Invisalign clear aligner treatment.
Aligner for all occasions
For a practice that caters to aesthetically demanding patients – who do not appreciate invasive treatments that may interfere with their social or professional lives –Invisalign’s clear aligners complete the practice’s lifestyle-oriented disposition.
“Certainly the transitional phases of tooth alignment that can be prolonged over several months would not be acceptable if it involved fixed orthodontics. Invisalign is uniquely placed to deliver a highly aesthetic solution for patients who would otherwise reject treatment,” Dr Lazaris says emphatically.
“For patients, overwhelmingly the biggest advantage is that orthodontic alignment becomes a viable treatment alternative and no longer compromises professional or social discourse.”
As his practice continues to grow at 15-20% p.a, Dr Lazaris finds that Invisalign treatment has outperformed all other aspects of treatment in terms of practice growth and profitability. Recommending Invisalign to friends and peers as a great practice builder, the dentist says:
“Quite simply, it has changed the way I plan and treat a high percentage of cases. It has made my professional life more gratifying.”