Cosmetic dentistry is the fastest-growing field in the dental industry. In fact, it’s grown by 200% since 1996. Additionally, teeth whitening has grown by 300%, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Because of technology, such as 3D printing, innovations in veneers and an aging Baby Boomer population, cosmetic dentistry is booming and is expected to continue to grow significantly.
Here are five trends in cosmetic dentistry:
1. Younger People and Dental Implants
When a tooth is extracted, not even veneers can bring it back – fortunately, a dental implant is the answer. Cosmetic dental implants used to be predominately for older people – however, that’s changing, as more and more younger and middle-aged adults seek this cosmetic dental treatment.
There are many benefits of dental implants; they preserve a youthful appearance, and give a more natural look and are more functional than bridges.
2. Dental Veneers
A very popular cosmetic dental treatment is the use of porcelain veneers to improve a patient’s smile. Where tooth whitening and cosmetic bonding doesn’t work, dental veneers can offer a great solution – porcelain veneers are attached to the teeth to repair them, correct the appearance of crooked teeth, to hide tooth discoloration and gaps in the teeth.
And, porcelain veneers are extremely durable with an average lifespan of 12 – 15 years.
3. Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening continues to be a popular cosmetic dental treatment – but the newest trend is to opt for a more natural look. In the past, going for overly white teeth was the way to go; now we are seeing a tendency to achieve a look that’s not superficial.
4. Gum Reshaping
One of the top trends is gum reshaping. Also known as gum contouring, this cosmetic treatment involves making teeth visually longer and shapelier, and is a great choice for people who have gummy smiles. Gum reshaping makes your smile more attractive, and also promotes better tooth and gum health.
5. Dental Bonding
Bonding is a cosmetic treatment in dentistry that can preserve and repair the natural look of the person’s broken or chipped teeth. While some dentists will only work to sustain the functionality rather than the aesthetics of the tooth, with composite bonding, you achieve both. The procedure is painless and uses a composite material like the enamel of the teeth.
Another trend worth mentioning is the use of high-tech ceramic materials, which can be customized to perfectly match the shade of a patient’s teeth, for veneers, crowns and inlays.
Latest advancements in equipment, technologies and materials are so significant that they are redefining reconstructive and restorative dentistry.
At Smiles By Stevens, we understand that each person and each smile is unique – so we incorporate a variety of procedures and artistic perspective treatments and offer custom smile makeovers tailored to your needs and goals.
A cosmetic dental treatment can address cosmetic concerns while restoring optimal health and function to your teeth and gums.
Dr. Shea F. Stevens specializes in general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry and was recently named one of PA’s top 20 dentists. For him and his team, greatest satisfaction comes from creating or restoring a healthy, attractive, and confident smile for you!