Modern technology has made cosmetic dentistry increasingly affordable, while creating a service to provide clients with their best smile. Look at some current trends in cosmetic dentistry for 2015 and beyond.
Hybrid tooth whitening
Whitening procedures have long been the cosmetic procedure that people spend the most money and time undergoing. To achieve the perfect shade of white for the client, cosmetic dentists are now taking a hybridised approach to tooth whitening.
When ten or more porcelain veneers were once recommended as the quickest and most effective long-term whitening solution, cosmetic dentists are now encouraging clients to have one or two teeth covered with veneers. The other teeth are then professionally whitened using bleaching stents to create the desired shade, and over-the-counter whitening products can even be used to maintain the teeth long term. In this way, tooth whitening is more affordable and accessible for many people.
Traditionally, the process involved when having a crown fitted to a tooth is lengthy: measurement, fitting, several appointments and a two-week wait on average. 3D printing has the potential to revolutionise cosmetic dentistry, reducing costs and wait times for fitting a patient with a crown. Imagine having your consultation and measurement appointment in the morning, and walking away with a newly-fitted crown in the afternoon!
Adjunctive orchestrated orthodontic therapy
A multi-disciplinary approach to cosmetic dentistry, adjunctive orchestrated orthodontic therapy combines treatment from an orthodontist, periodontist and maxillofacial plastic specialists for a long-term dental repair solution.
By correcting tooth placement and remedying tooth disease prior to applying veneers, crowns or other cosmetic dental fixtures, you will achieve full dental rehabilitation to produce a perfect smile for years to come.
Personalising your smile has in recent years moved beyond the adornment of a tooth or two with a small semi-precious stone. A cosmetic trend in several overseas countries, the purposeful creation of dental imperfections is beginning to become fashionable in Australia. This trend includes permanent canine tooth elongation, the creation of a tooth gap, and a patient having teeth misaligned or broken for cosmetic purposes.
While young trendsetters may feel motivated to have cosmetic tooth imperfections carried out for fashion purposes, the Australian Dental Association are urging caution and forethought when considering these procedures. Such major alterations of teeth could cause ulcerations, speech impediments and changes to your bite or wear pattern. If you are considering a cosmetic imperfection procedure, speak at length with your local cosmetic dentist about the possible long-term implications.
To correct your smile imperfections professionally, contact local cosmetic dentistry specialists such as Wallsend Dental Surgery to discuss your smile aspirations.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved stories about the past. Whether the stories were about horses, wars, exploration or even dentistry, I loved to hear them. I find that knowing the history of something helps it to make sense and feel approachable. I know that some people have dental anxiety, and I too have suffered, but I also feel like the more you know about dental work and its history, the easier it is. This blog is dedicated to exploring the history of dentistry – What did ancient people use for fillings? How did early dentists numb their patients? Who was the first dentist? Those are just some of the questions I plan to answer here. Ready? Okay, let's dive into the history of dentistry together!