Neil N. Hadaegh, DDS

Thomas j. stelmach, DDS

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Popular Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry for 2016

According to the Oral Health Foundation, people view smiles and teeth as the second most vital attractive feature after personality. And with advancements in cosmetic dentistry, from standard teeth whitening procedures to the experimental 3D tooth printing, it is not possible for anyone to achieve the perfect smile no matter your teeth’s defects.

While there are many remarkable advancements in cosmetic dentistry, here are some of the ones trending right now in our experience here at Dr. Stelmach’s office:

1. Veneers

Veneers are recommended for adults who want to correct the appearance of misaligned or crooked teeth, and improve their smile. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the teeth to repair them and hide tooth stains and gaps in your teeth.

Many celebrities have opted for veneers to improve their smile because they provide a natural tooth appearance, making them unnoticeable, plus they don’t limit the wearer’s ability to eat their favorite foods or clean their teeth and gums normally.

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2. Tooth Bonding

Bonding as a cosmetic dental procedure has been around for decades, and is still very popular for enhancing the look of your teeth and smile. Bonding involves the use of resin to cover defects on existing teeth or fill gaps between your teeth to make them appear perfect.

Bonding can be used to correct a number of dental issues, including chipped or cracked teeth; teeth of different lengths; teeth of dissimilar shape that affects uniformity; rot next to the gum; teeth with spaces between them; or stained/discolored teeth.

Compared to teeth whitening, bonding offers a more permanent solution to discolored teeth, allowing you to permanently turn your teeth white. You also get to preserve more of the natural teeth than with procedures like veneers or crowns.

3. Dental Implants

There are a number of techniques to replace missing teeth, but dental implants offer the most benefits. Gaps between your teeth affect your facial structure, causing your face to “collapse” and age your looks. Implants are bonded to the underlying bone to not only fill the space and restore the function of your mouth, but also prevent bone resorption, thereby preserving your youthful appearance.

See: Dental Implant FAQs.

4. 3D Tooth Printing

This is arguably one of the most exciting innovations in experimentation. Over the years, dentists with the right technology have managed to create new teeth using a block of ceramic material, scanners, and 3D modeling software – CAD/CAM.

3D printers make it possible to create precise replacement teeth that look like your natural teeth. But as with any new technology, cost and time barriers are being slowly overcome, as studies to determine the effectiveness of these teeth after placement continue.

Final Note

Cosmetic dentistry brings a myriad of options for those looking to improve their smiles and boost their confidence. Plus the availability of these options is making them more and more affordable at your local dentistry, such as Dr. Stelmach’s!