Top Trends in Australian Cosmetic Dentistry
While the tools of the dental and cosmetic trade may have evolved over the last century, the call of cosmetic dentistry remains the same - and that is to give people a bright and winning smile.
This desire for the perfect smile alongside equally strong desire to avoid pain and invasive procedures resulted in some massive advances in dental technology.
As any dentist knows, if you want to keep your surgery bookings full, you're going to have to find ways of making the experience pleasant.
So, how is the world of cosmetic dentistry staying ahead of the curve and ensuring its devotees have a positive experience? What are the trends and what is driving those cosmetic trends for the perfect smile?
Some of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures over the last year have included things such as:
- Teeth whitening
- Teeth straightening
Like any cosmetic procedure, the goal with these three has been to boost confidence and improve the appeal - some might say, "celebrity appeal" - of their smiling face.
Making for a Brighter Smile with Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most trendy ways of dealing with teeth discolouration.
In the last 20 years we have seen a huge increase in the number of people seeking cosmetic dentistry that will whiten or bleach the teeth.
Teeth whitening is one of the fastest and most affordable ways to improve the overall look and polish of your teeth and consequently, your smile.
This is led to the popularity of teeth whitening kits from companies such as Pearly Whites, which can be used and self-administered at home over a period of weeks.
Teeth whitening has mass appeal because it is an accessible cosmetic procedure that is simple and usually effective.
If you're a smoker, a wine tea or coffee drinker then teeth whitening is probably something you have considered at least once in the past.
The speed at which you can get results and the simplicity of the procedure have made teeth whitening a highly popular cosmetic dental procedure.
Teeth Straightening with Invisalign
Also referred to as invisible braces, Invisalign is a cosmetically driven alternative to metal braces.
These clear plates assist in straightening the teeth and have become increasingly popular among older teens and young adults as they are less noticeable than traditional braces.
Straight Teeth are where a good smile begins. But many are intimidated or embarrassed by the look of steel train tracks running across their face.
This has meant a considerable rise in the popularity of semi-transparent and almost entirely non-detectable braces.
Fixing Those Little Imperfections with Bonding
Bonding, similar to crowns, is another cosmetic procedure in dentistry that has been available for many many years, yet remains popular as a means of improving the overall look of your teeth.
The purpose of bonding is to fill gaps, and small cracks in the teeth of that enable the smile to have the appearance of a perfect finish.
Bonding can be used when teeth are not the same length. Bonding is also used where the shape of the teeth has changed and is no longer uniform or where there is rot or decay apparent near the gum or in between teeth.
It is also useful for teeth that have become chipped, cracked or stained.
Of course, these trends are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what's available in cosmetic dentistry today.
From vampire fangs to porcelain veneers and snaggletooth, there is little that has not been explored, tried, tested and regretted.
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