Top Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry
First impressions matter, which is why most people tend to smile when they meet new people. However, people with teeth and oral issues have little to smile about. Often, they must go the extra mile to make their first impressions count, which is not always easy. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry has come a long way, with millions of patients benefiting from various procedures. It is no wonder the global cosmetic dentistry market size is expected to reach the USD 27.4B mark by 2028. Key drivers of the rapid growth are trends in cosmetic dentistry. This article explores cosmetic dentistry trends making waves in the industry.
Veneer Shades — In the recent past, teeth whitening promotional materials emphasized overly white teeth. However, teeth whitening solutions did not consider that people have different shades of white on their teeth. Notably, the variance can be attributed to genetics, where some people are born with whiter teeth than others. Unfortunately, overly white porcelain veneers look superficial, which defeats their purpose. Today, dentists rely on their expertise to produce veneers in varying shades of white. As a result, patients can wear veneers that match the exact shade of their natural teeth. Therefore, you do not have to worry about your teeth looking unnatural when you smile.
Lingual Braces — Besides teeth whitening, teeth straightening is arguably the other most common cosmetic dentistry procedure. However, the only teeth straightening options available to patients in the past were wire or metal braces. The downside of wire braces is that they are conspicuous, and patients must make several visits to a dentist for adjustments. Luckily, options for discreet teeth straightening, such as clear braces, have become prevalent. However, not all patients are candidates for clear braces; for instance, those with severely crooked teeth must settle for traditional wire braces. Today, technicians in dentistry have developed lingual braces that are discreet, functional, and affordable. Although lingual braces are made from wire and metal, they are mounted to the inside of teeth and not the front.
Gum Contouring — Some people have excess gum tissue, which becomes visible when they smile. It often causes the teeth to appear shorter than normal and can significantly affect one's self-esteem. Gum contouring, or gum reshaping, is the perfect cosmetic procedure for such patients. Specifically, the process involves cutting away excess gum tissue using a laser. On the other hand, less gum can make teeth look unusually long and big. A dentist grafts gum tissue in affected areas, giving a patient a proportionate and beautiful smile.