For people who want to improve or restore their beautiful smiles, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever before, with new advances in dental technology resulting in nearly 90% of patients choosing an aesthetic procedure to boost their self-esteem and attractiveness.
If you want to replace stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth, here are the top cosmetic dentistry trends to consider talking about with your dentist.
Dental veneers are extremely thin casings that are bonded to the front of your tooth to create a new, more attractive smile. The custom-made devices are ideal for chipped, discolored, or slightly crooked teeth and are great at resisting stains when compared to other cosmetic dentistry options. Properly cared for with good at-home oral hygiene, veneers can last up to 15 years.
Dental bonding is a procedure where a tooth-colored composite resin is applied to repair teeth that are discolored, decayed, chipped, or fractured. The process requires minimal tooth preparation, and anesthesia is generally not needed unless there is significant decay. Your dentist uses a conditioning gel to “roughen” the tooth, applies the composite resin, and then uses an ultraviolet light to cure it. The resin is then shaped and polished to its final appearance.
Also known as bleaching, professional teeth whitening brightens your teeth from staining and discoloration. You can choose custom made whitening trays that are used at home with a professional strength whitening gel or Caven Dental Group also offers the laser ZOOM Whitening Program that is done in the office. Teeth whitening is safe for most people, but some tooth conditions rule it out. Your dentist can help you decide if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
Sometimes, it isn’t your teeth that are the problem with your smile. The appearance of your gums also has an impact. Gum contouring is a procedure that either cuts away excessive gum tissue that is hiding your teeth or restores receded gum tissue so more of your tooth is covered. Depending on how much tissue is being cut, shaped, or grafted, it can be slightly painful, though you’re medicated during the procedure. Recovery time, too, depends on the amount of work done.
First introduced in the 1970s, dental implants are now regularly requested by patients, with more than 5.5 million procedures performed annually in the U.S. As defined by the Academy of General Dentistry, implants are artificial teeth “roots” made of titanium and bone-like ceramic materials surgically placed in your mouth. Once inserted, they eventually fuse with your jawbone to support full dentures, a crown, or bridge. Benefits include:
- No loss of tooth structure, as implants don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support.
- No slippage like with dentures.
- No shifting of nearby teeth, meaning the jawbone and contours of your face are preserved.
- No required adhesives to hold them in place.
- More natural chewing and speaking abilities.
Best of all, dental implants can be cleaned the same way as natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. No overnight soaking required!
Choosing the Best Cosmetic Dentistry Solution
Cosmetic dentistry can improve your teeth and give you a smile you’ll love for years to come. Caven Dental offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures and will help you decide which is best for you. To learn more, contact us today.