The world of cosmetic dentistry is constantly changing, driven by technological advancements, changing patient preferences and innovative techniques. As we navigate the rise in dental technology and aesthetics, a range of exciting trends are shaping the future of cosmetic dentistry, making it more accessible, comfortable, and effective than ever before.
Let’s delve into these new trends and what they mean for your smile transformation journey.
1. Digital Smile Design
One of the standout trends this year in cosmetic dentistry is Digital Smile Design (DSD). This cutting-edge technology allows dentists and patients to visualise the expected results of cosmetic dental procedures before they’re performed.
Using high-resolution 3D imaging and digital software, DSD provides a virtual preview of your smile, fostering better communication and collaboration between you and your dentist.
2. Clear aligners continue to soar
Clear aligners have revolutionised orthodontic treatment, and this trend continues to dominate in 2023. Brands like Invisalign and ClearCorrect offer a virtually invisible and removable alternative to traditional braces, providing a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing solution to straighten teeth.
In addition, the recent advancements in tele-dentistry allow patients to check their progress remotely, reducing the number of physical dental visits.
3. The rise of composite veneers
While porcelain veneers have long been the gold standard in cosmetic dentistry, composite veneers are gaining popularity this year. Composed of a tooth-coloured resin applied directly to the teeth, composite veneers are more affordable and require less tooth preparation than their porcelain counterparts. As a result, they make a viable option for those seeking to enhance their smile without significant tooth alteration (or a hefty price tag!).
4. Minimally-invasive procedures
In response to the growing demand for less invasive treatments, cosmetic dentistry is embracing minimally invasive techniques. For example, biomimetics is a growing dental approach involving restorative techniques and materials that mimic the natural properties of our teeth. This approach aims to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. In addition, biomimetics is gentler and avoids the need for more invasive treatments later on.
5. Biocompatible materials
2023 has seen an increase in the use of biocompatible materials in cosmetic dentistry, reflecting a broader societal trend towards natural and sustainable products. For instance, materials like bioactive glass for filling or ceramic implants mimic the natural aesthetics of teeth and interact favourably with the body, reducing the risk of rejection or allergic reactions.
6. The link between cosmetic dentistry and overall health
Lastly, there’s a growing emphasis on the connection between cosmetic dentistry and overall health. Patients are becoming increasingly aware that a healthy, beautiful smile contributes to their overall well-being and self-esteem.
As a result, dentists are adopting a more holistic approach, considering your overall health while addressing cosmetic concerns.
Transform your smile with Smith & Van Lierop Dentistry
At Smith & Van Lierop, we offer a range of cosmetic treatments to suit your every need. When creating a treatment plan, we consider your aesthetic goals, health and budget so it’s entirely tailored to you.
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