Are there any new technologies for improving the smile that i should keep an eye out for? new teeth whitening methods, for instance?
New Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry
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Trends in cosmetic dentistry
There are many new technologies, but one trend I've noticed over twenty years of practice is that all dentistry has really become cosmetic dentistry. The procedures dentists do today not only have to function well, but look good too. That wasn't always true. Today, there are ceramic implant abutments that look like tooth and not metal. Crowns, onlays and veneers today look like natural teeth, not gold or silver, and tooth colored filling materials look better and last longer than ever.
New trend in cosmetic dentistry
The most exciting thing I’ve come across is the perfection of bleaching and veneers. Bleaching of course brings your smile to its optimum whiteness. Veneers help to close spaces, change the length and shape of your teeth as well as building out your lips and giving an overhaul to your whole smile.
The concept of the non-surgical face-lift uses veneers, crowns, or dentures. This treatment can reshape the face, restore cheekbones and give an overall contour to the face.
Newest trends in cosmetic and implant dentistry.
The most exciting thing we have been exposed to in cosmetic and implant dentistry is the same day implant solutions also known as all-on-4. People suffering from ill fitting dentures or failing hopeless teeth can have their smile rebuilt with a dental implant supported bridge in as little as one surgical visit. This remarkable technology can take someone with no teeth to smile or eat with and rebuild a new set that is as strong as natural teeth.
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The latest in cosmetic dentistry
There has been a steady improvement in materials and techniques over the last twenty years. The truth is it's still an artform and the artist is the most important part of the equation. Certain excellent cosmetic dentists (like Dr Smigel who answered this question first) have been creating beautiful restorations for many, many years with the materials available at the time. Other dentists still struggle to replicate nature today despite the many advances. The artist is the key component. Of course, there is plenty of science to making it last and feel great, too!
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