Cosmetic dentistry has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few decades. The innovations within the industry in the last few years alone, are unbelievable. The impact of innovation has driven prices down, making cosmetic dentistry accessible to everyone. Cosmetic dentistry is no longer the preserve of image-conscious actors and singers, it is something that you and I can benefit from and have access to. Let’s discuss just how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile.
Prosthetic devices in dentistry refer to devices such as bridges, crowns, and dentures. These are the most common features of modern cosmetic dentistry. These devices are designed to fill holes in your teeth. In the past, it was hard for dentists to get these devices to fit into mouths easily. Today, digital impressions and 3-D printing allow dentists to replicate thje structure of a patient’s teeth. A dentist will be able to work with a perfect copy of your mouth, to create perfectly fitting prosthetic devices.
Dental implants are 40 or so years old. Yet, they are in a sense, new innovations. Innovative technology has so transformed the quality of dental implants, that the product we have today is qualitatively superior to that patients got in the 1970s when dental implants were first introduced. X-guide technology has made the application of dental implants more efficient and friendlier. X-guide technology gives its user real-time data during surgeries. First approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015, it has been broadened in its application from surgeons to dentists and other medical practitioners. X-guide technology is a big reason why dental impressions look so realistic today.
Invisalign is one of the most revolutionary products to hit dentistry. Developed to straighten teeth, they are invisible aligners that help people with crooked teeth or overbites, to treat their teeth in a discrete way. Invisalign can also be removed by the patient or dentist, without too much fuss. Of course, traditional braces work faster and cost less, so there is a trade off with using Invisalign.
Laser Gum Reshaping
Gum reshaping was first introduced around the 1980s. It is an oldie but a goodie. Before it was introduced, dentists would use scalpels to get rid of any excess gum tissue and to reshape the gumline. As you can imagine, using a scalpel is extremely painful and would certainly put off a lot of people. Laser is a very effective way of gum reshaping. They are much less painful and faster than using scalpels. Lasers remove excess gum from the gumline while also cauterizing the area. This reduces the odds of infection and prevents bleeding. Lastly, lasers are just more accurate compared to scalpels.
Veneers used to be associated with celebrities but as costs have come down, it seems everyone who needs them is heading to the dentist. In the past, they were flagrantly unnatural, extremely white things that stood out. Today, veneers are much more natural. The best cosmetic dentist will be able to apply veneers so good, nobody will ever suspect you have ever been to a dentist.