Cosmetic dentistry is the fastest-growing field in the dental industry. In fact, it's grown by 200 percent since 1996. Additionally, teeth whitening has grown by 300 percent, 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 six of the top trends for cosmetic teeth that are expected to continue in 2019.
1. More Younger People Getting Dental Implants
When most people think about dental implants, they generally link them with older people. However, now an increasing number of younger and middle-aged adults are asking for this cosmetic dental treatment rather than getting bridges.
The benefits of dental implants are many, such as rendering a more natural look than bridges and being more functional.
2. Teeth Whitening Treatments That Looks More Natural
Although teeth whitening continues to be a popular cosmetic dental treatment, people today are opting for white teeth that look more natural than what was popular in the past. In other words, they're starting to realize that overly white teeth look superficial. Even worse, super-white teeth can also cause enamel to weaken.
3. 3D Printing
One of the fastest growing trends in cosmetic dentistry is the use of 3D printing. Cosmetic dentists use 3D printing for repairing or replacing damaged teeth. It's also used for producing caps, bridges, crowns and dentures. Other uses include creating orthodontic models, and even for constructing dental tools.
By using 3D printing, dentists can produce dental crowns and dentures in just a few minutes, while it used to take days or even weeks. Thanks to 3D printings, both dentists and their patients can save money. For example, consider the savings of not having to add and operate a dental laboratory. What's more, 3D printing provides more accuracy.
4. Porcelain Veneers
Another cosmetic dental treatment that's trendy is the use of porcelain veneers, which are used for improving a patient's smile. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain that are used for covering the front surface of a tooth.
A dentist places veneers over crooked, damaged or misshapen teeth. They're usually recommended for patients with gaps in their teeth or people who've failed to have successful teeth whitening treatments. Furthermore, porcelain veneers are exceptionally durable with an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
5. Better Ceramic Materials
High-tech ceramic materials are replacing tooth restorations that are metal-based. These ceramic materials can be customized so that they can exactly match the shade of a patient's teeth. Used for veneers, crowns and inlays, they can produce teeth that look more natural and are much more durable than what older ceramics offered.
6. Gum Reshaping
Gum reshaping, also known as gum contouring, is a top trend. This treatment is a good choice for people who have gummy smiles. In addition to making your smile more attractive, gum reshaping also promotes better tooth and gum health.
The procedure involves a cosmetic dentist making teeth visually longer, besides shapelier. To do this, your dentist uses a laser to reshape your gums.
Other Trends and Considerations
- Another trend is the use of more conservative methods for preserving a patient's tooth structure.
- Even though more and more people are getting cosmetic dental treatments, many patients are paying for them by using a financing plan. Therefore, more dentists are offering payments plans that are more flexible.
- More and more cosmetic dental patients are posting online reviews on internet boards for rating their dentists' skills.
- Internet platforms, such as social media sites, are being used for ads for attracting new customers.
- Cosmetic dentists are focusing more on the reasons why their patients' smiles are not looking their best.
- Dental implants have a success rate of 98 percent.
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