Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments and Trends

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Many people are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. Fortunately, it is now possible to change virtually any aspect of our smiles thanks to the continued evolution of cosmetic dentistry treatments. From crooked, twisted teeth to stained and discolored smiles, there is a solution that can transform the look of our teeth, enabling us to embrace a healthy, attractive, and confident smile. Even better, cosmetic dentistry is now more accessible and affordable than ever before.

Unsurprisingly, some types of cosmetic dentistry treatments are more popular than others, including the following four treatments currently trending in cosmetic dentistry.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic dentistry procedure in the world thanks to our growing desire for bright, white smiles. People with white smiles are thought to be healthier, happier and more successful in life than those with discolored or stained teeth. Unfortunately, habits such as smoking as well as eating and drinking colored foods can cause our teeth to take on a yellowish tint or become stained. Whilst we no longer want unnaturally white teeth, a whitening procedure can help us achieve the more attractive smile that we desire.

Professional teeth whitening consistently produces better, faster and longer-lasting results than at-home alternatives. And since the treatment is applied by your cosmetic dentist, the side effects of whitening – which typically include sore gums, irritation, and tooth sensitivity – are minimal.

Porcelain Veneers

On the other hand, a very popular alternative to teeth whitening is porcelain veneers. Veneers are ideal for people for whom whitening isn’t an option, such as those with sensitivity to bleaching. Veneers are super-thin shells created from porcelain that are custom made for each individual tooth. They can be glazed in the color of your choice before being attached to the outer enamel of your teeth using special adhesive. It is necessary to remove a little of the natural enamel of your teeth under local anesthetic before they are applied.

Porcelain veneers can cover a multitude of different issues, including stains and marks, gaps between the teeth, teeth that are shorter than usual or add thickness to teeth that are set back from the rest of your smile.

Digital Smile Previews

Taking the plunge with a cosmetic dentistry treatment can be daunting. After all, you want to be certain that your new smile will look just like you imagined. Fortunately, thanks to digital smile previews, this is now possible. Cosmetic dentists can now use photo enhancement on digital images to show how your smile will look at the end of your treatment, helping you to feel reassured that you can achieve the result that you are hoping for.

Invisalign

While many people desire a whiter smile, not all cosmetic issues relate to the color of our teeth. Many people find that having crooked, twisted, gapped or overlapping teeth causes them to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smile. Invisalign can help whether you have had braces in the past, but your teeth have moved back into their original position, or if you have never had orthodontic treatment before.

Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to guide and shift the teeth into a new and improved position. This treatment is planned using cutting-edge technology that is able to take the initial position of your teeth and map the journey they need to take in order to come into a better position. These are then translated into stages, with a transparent aligner made for each stage that exerts gentle pressure onto the teeth to encourage them to move.

Invisalign is considered superior to braces in many ways. It is more discreet, more comfortable to wear, and can be removed for eating and cleaning. Patients do not have to compromise on eating their favorite foods and can enjoy better oral health. However, it is required that the aligners be worn exactly as directed – in order and for a minimum of 22 hours each day.


For more information about cosmetic dentistry treatments and trends, or to schedule an appointment with our expert team, please contact our office today.