Sink Your Teeth Into New Tech: Four New Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you often find yourself avoiding laughing or smiling because you are embarrassed about a missing, crooked, discolored, or chipped tooth? Do you feel as though you would have more confidence if your teeth had a more even appearance? Well, thanks to all of the recent advancements in this industry, you now have easier access to an array of treatment options designed to enhance your smile.

The past several years have initiated an exciting period of advancements in cosmetic dentistry. This niche industry has progressed along several fronts, thanks to the introduction of new technology, movement towards all-ceramic materials, and the recent upswing in the economy bringing more informed patients seeking valuable ways to enhance their smile. In fact, the consumer demand for a great, Hollywood smile is the number-one driver of new tech and trends in cosmetic dentistry.

Many business professionals seek out cosmetic dentistry because they want a better smile for improved confidence both in the work world and out. Following is a quick glance at some of the more popular new trends in cosmetic dentistry to even out a chipped tooth, correct discolored teeth, or fix a gapped smile:

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Composite Bonding

This is a great treatment for repairing or otherwise correcting the appearance of broken, discolored, decayed, or chipped teeth. In this procedure, a dental composite material that has the natural appearance of enamel and dentin gets applied into the cavity and onto the surface of an abnormal-looking tooth. The dentist will then sculpt the material into the desired shape and contour before using a high-intensity light to harden it. This results in a beautiful tooth restoration that is indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth, for a healthy and bright smile.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers have become extremely popular in recent years, thanks to their relative affordability and ability to quickly upgrade a smile. This cosmetic dentistry treatment is great for correcting a number of dental defects like large gaps between teeth, crooked smiles, and discoloration that can’t be whitened—for example, people who consumed too much fluoride during tooth development may develop fluorosis stains that are extremely resistant to conventional whitening techniques.

Veneers can also be used to lengthen teeth in certain situations. In this treatment, composite or porcelain laminates are adhesively bonded to the teeth’s surfaces to create a new, more uniform-looking smile.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an ideal option if you are missing a tooth or need to have several teeth taken out but don’t want to wear partial dentures or removable inserts. Having a prosthetic tooth put in via dental implants is important not only for a good smile, but also for a healthy mouth and jaw structure. That’s because missing teeth can compromise your facial structure, causing it to cave inward and creating a more aged appearance.

Smile Makeovers

This trend is a combination of the above procedures and other cosmetic dentistry treatments. The term grew out of a similar procedure called full mouth reconstruction, which is a procedure that is medically necessary to correct functional issues with a patient’s bite, muscles, teeth, and facial bone structure. But instead of being medically necessary, a smile makeover is a cosmetic choice that a patient makes in order to improve their overall appearance via two or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, including teeth whitening, tooth implants, and dental veneers.

The goal of all these trending treatments is to enhance a person’s smile in order to ultimately boost their confidence in their social and work life. If you have a chipped tooth, discolored teeth, or other smile issues you want resolved, contact us today to get started!