Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in fixing smiles, and chipped or discoloured teeth. All thanks to the latest advancements in technology and preference over all-ceramic materials. It used to be that some procedures took a few days to show results. These days, however, results are much more immediate thanks to technological developments. This is the reason why cosmetic dental procedures are currently so popular.
In this post, we are going over some new trends you may not be aware of.
There are many people who have trypanophobia or fear of the use of needles in medical procedures. For them, needle-free sedation is a blessing. This technique is commonly known as ‘oral sedation’, where you will be given medicine instead of injections. According to your orthodontist’s recommendation, you may have to pop a pill at night before your appointment date, when you visit the clinic, and/or before the treatment begins.
Gone are those days when you had to wait for weeks to get dental crowns, veneers, inlay or onlay. Now, thanks to Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing, CAD/CAM technology, you can get them in a few hours. Dental clinics use a wand to scan your teeth to create custom teeth based on your requirements.
Gum contouring, also known as gum reshaping is a suitable method to fix uneven gumline and gums that rest too high or low on your teeth. Dentists use scalpels, radiosurgery and lasers to perform this procedure.
This is a combination of other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental bonding, veneers, dental implants and teeth whitening. As the name suggests, it is primarily done to revamp the appearance of your smile by bridging the gap between two teeth, removing discolouration from teeth or by adding a missing tooth. In fact, some dentists also consider facial appearance, skin tone, hair colour, teeth shape, colour, gum tissue and lips.
This is perhaps the most exciting trend in cosmetic dentistry today as it gives a three-dimensional approach to treatment. This is efficient, precise and offers in-depth knowledge, unlike traditional methods. It makes the lives of the dentists easier as they can better examine, assist and treat the problems accurately. This is achieved by using cone beam computed tomography machines commonly known as CBCTs which gives a 3D view of the entire mouth. With them, determining the right placement for dental implants, measuring the jawline or preparing the patient for reconstructive surgery becomes easy.
These new trends in cosmetic dentistry have made the procedures quicker and less painful. If you’ve been postponing a dental treatment fearing it to be time-taking and painful, that it’s time you shun your fears and book an appointment at the earliest!