Cosmetic dentistry refers to any treatments that make someone's smile look nicer. People typically undergo these procedures for aesthetical reasons, instead of health. Here are some of the greatest and most popular new trends in 2016 in cosmetic dentistry, from orthodontics to whitening.
Typical orthodontic treatments last anywhere from 18-36 months. However, today, dental patients do not have to rely on the old “brackets and wires” system that has been in use for many years. By using polymer trays custom molded to the patient's smile, in addition to what is known as an accelerated dental occlusion routine, accelerated orthodontics can reduce the correction time to 3-6 months. This gives them a straighter smile in 1/5 of the usual time.
Teeth whitening using a professional teeth whitening system is extremely popular with dental clients. Whitening is a safe, effective, and speedy way to whiten a client's teeth without relying on messy over-the-counter strips or gels. Teeth whitening can work in as little as one treatment, but can require several to reach the shade of whitening preferred. Because whitening is performed in the professional setting of a dentist's office, clients never have to worry about safety, and the procedures are extremely hassle-free.
Composite bonding is used to repair broken or declined teeth. Using a dental composite that looks like enamel, the client's broken tooth is gently corrected to its normal shape, and then the material is hardened using a high-intensity light. These results in their “new” tooth matching the rest of their smile for a completely restored look.
Veneers are a composite or porcelain overlay that is bonded to a patient's teeth with a strong adhesive. Veneers can repair broken, cracked, discolored, and even gapped teeth, resulting in a beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers may be less expensive than composite, however, because of their nature, they tend to break more easily than composite veneers.
Overlays / Inlays
Overlays and inlays are what are known as indirect fillings. These use porcelain or composite material to create an artificial filling for a tooth that is damaged by cavities, decay, or structural damage. While normal fillings are bonded to a client's tooth during a dental visit, an overlay or inlay is created in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to their tooth using a strong dental adhesive compound by the dentist. This advances their smile in many ways and lasts longer than a traditional filling.
Dental implants are used in cases where a tooth or teeth are completely missing, and clients do not want to rely on dentures or bridge appliances. In implants, a rod is surgically placed in the root area of the gums, and an artificial tooth is permanently mounted to the surgical rod. This makes for a strong, almost normal tooth replacement without messy dental adhesives.
When undergoing a cosmetic dentistry service, be sure to inquire about these popular trends.