The Latest Trends In Cosmetic Dentistry
A smile can make your day, whether you’re giving it or receiving it. However, if your smile is marred by crooked or missing teeth, you might be too embarrassed to smile in the first place and some of the impact would be lost. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry is able to save both the smile and the day, thanks to constant advances and improving techniques.
A whole array of procedures are now available to help improve your smile’s beauty these days. These range from procedures like teeth whitening, which you can even do at home, to far more complex ones. Some can involve one or several procedures in the dentist’s surgery if the factors affecting your smile call for more intensive work.
Keeping it natural
The trend, encouraged by bodies such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, is for cosmetic dentists to be as minimally invasive in their procedures as possible. This task is made easier by technological advances in the materials available for them to use and the result is an improved smile that is so natural-looking it will be hard to tell you’ve had any work done on it.
Stronger and thinner porcelain products and tooth-colored composite resin used in bonding have been developed to improve the look and the strength of chipped teeth and veneers.
Creating a beautiful smile
The cosmetic dentist’s primary aim is to give you a beautiful smile teeth and will pay close attention to every small detail of your smile in order to improve the beauty of your smile.
At the same time, while cosmetic dentistry procedures focus on aesthetics, you are highly likely to have the added bonus of improved functionality and oral health in the process. Skew or misshapen teeth can affect the way you chew your food and alter your bite, and make it difficult for you to maintain proper oral hygiene.
Cosmetic dentistry uses similar procedures to those used in restorative dentistry, where the primary aim is to improve the functionality of the teeth, such as the use of crowns, veneers and implants. However, cosmetic dentists take these procedures up a notch by employing extra finesse because their goal extends beyond functionality into the realm of aesthetics.
Common forms of cosmetic dentistry
- Teeth whitening lightens the color of teeth that are discolored as a result of genetics or staining caused by some medications, smoking, or drinking beverages like coffee or tea.
- Resin Bonding: Tooth-colored resin can be used to change tooth color or to fill in gaps. It is not a permanent solution and can stain fairly easily, but it can last for a few years.
- Veneers: Hard pieces of porcelain or resin are used to hide defects such as unevenly-spaced, crooked, chipped or misshapen teeth. They will outlast bonding and are less expensive than crowns.
- Crowns bring back the original shape of chipped or broken teeth by covering them. They are the most long-lasting, but involve a more lengthy procedure and are the most expensive solution.
- Contouring and reshaping: Drills or lasers can reshape or smooth out oddly-shaped, overlapping or crooked teeth, allowing for very subtle but effective changes to your smile.
- Gum sculpting makes use of minor surgery to even out or reshape your gums.