Cosmetic Dentistry Trends – Choosing What Is Best For You

Cosmetic Dentistry Trends – Choosing What Is Best For You

There seems to be an innate desire to avoid seeking dental services in almost all of us.  Images of dentists with pliers or other tools, better fitted for the garage rather than a medical office evoke fear and that fear usually translates to avoidance.  However, in today’s world, there is a shift occurring in a society where dentists are less feared and even embraced.  In fact, going beyond standard cleanings and cavity fillings, cosmetic dentistry is on the rise.

Here is why:

  • Cosmetic dentistry solves years dental and external appearance defect.  Such defects inhibit a desire to have an active social media and life and can be seen as an obstacle to employment within certain organizations – legal prohibitions notwithstanding.
  • These dental procedures are becoming more affordable and fashionable.  In today’s world, an image can be everything and with advancements in cosmetic dentistry coupled with affordability, you’re seeing more people add dentistry to their appointment books than ever before.

So, what are the cosmetic dentistry trends of today?  If you have long-standing dental issues that stare at you day after day in the mirror, what is really out there in the marketplace giving you the opportunity to be choosing what is best for you?

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First, the science of cosmetic dentistry has been a fascinating one to behold.  You no longer have to settle for fillings of amalgam, gold and other products that can leave dark spots visible to others.  Today, science has given us access to porcelain and other materials that can easily match the colour of your other natural teeth.  But other improvements have occurred as well, such as the ability to preserve as much as possible the defective teeth that once might have been been removed. 

Finally, dentists can use lasers in their offices to perform procedures that up to just a few years ago, would have required a referral to other specialists.  Having a “one stop shop” provides convenience and value.  

In determining what your needs really are, what do you need to know in choosing what is best for you in this ever-evolving world of cosmetic dentistry?  Take a look behind the curtain and see if any of these treatments catch your fancy and give you something to discuss with your dentist.

Inlays or Onlays

An alternative to traditional fillings, these optional fillings are typically made from porcelain or other composite materials.  In addition to being much more durable, these fillings provide a cosmetic way to deal with tooth decay and other physical damage.  You may be familiar with the practice of typical fillings being moulded on the spot within the single visit itself.  These newer, hi-tech versions are manufactured in a lab and they are fitted and bonded where they will be permanently placed.

Teeth Whitening

This is perhaps the most sought-after dental procedure.  Coffee, tea, tobacco and/or a general lack of oral hygiene causes unsightly stains that make smiling something that we don’t really want to engage in.  One procedure known as bleaching can go a long way toward turning that frown upside down.  

Dental Veneers

These laminates made from porcelain or other composite materials are applied to tooth surfaces for the purpose of correcting and repairing chips and gaps that may exist.  If teeth whitening treatments just aren’t working, this is an excellent alternative.  Check on the costs of such applications and see if your dental insurance kicks in for a significant part of this investment.  If not, most dentists offer excellent financing options.

Dental Implants

When you are choosing what is best for you in cosmetic dentistry, don’t overlook dental implants.  If you’re suffering from major tooth loss, you need to seriously consider the benefits of these procedures.  Such treatments are part of what is known as an artificial replacement or prosthetic dentistry and can truly compensate for gaps in your mouth where tooth loss can cause your face to collapse.  This effect often makes the individual appear older.  The benefit here is a beautiful and youthful appearance.

Full Mouth Construction

With so much to choose from in cosmetic dentistry, your dentist may recommend a more comprehensive approach to fixing years of neglect or natural defect.  There may be a need to provide treatment to fix functional problems with areas such as your bite, your muscles and your general tooth structure.  If such treatment is needed, the materials available today give you great options for durability and functionality all while making everything look natural as if you never had any work done.  In the end, isn’t that the best outcome?  

Perhaps now, you feel more comfortable in approaching your dentist.  The days of giving you a shot of whiskey and being held down by others as a dentist grabs a pair of pliers to pull a bad tooth, have given way to modern science.  If you are choosing what is best for you in cosmetic dentistry, set an appointment with your dentist today.

Author: Usman Raza

Usman Raza is a freelance writer, marketing specialist and co-founder of Usman Digital Media. When not working, he’s probably spending time with his family. Follow him on Facebook @usmanraza40 and Twitter @usmanintrotech.

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