New Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

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a dentist working on a patientCosmetic Dentistry can recreate a smile or get rid of minor imperfections in the teeth. A new smile can change the look of a face entirely and can have a dramatic effect on ones self confidence. Some of the recent trends in cosmetic dental procedures include:

Tooth Crowning

This is a procedure where a ‘cap’ is placed over a tooth to make it look whole. The crown is used to replace or protect a chipped tooth, to cover a tooth with a large filling or for general cosmetic purposes. There are crowns made of porcelain, ceramic, gold, copper, and other metals. If you’re interested in getting a crown on your damaged or unsightly tooth, contact your family dentist to find out what type of crown will work best for you. If you’d like to learn more about dental crowns, take a look here.

Porcelain Veneers

These are rather thin shells specially designed to be placed on the front of the teeth. They vary in shade, length and size in general. These are perfect for discolored, misaligned, chipped and broken teeth as well as closing out large gaps between teeth. Porcelain Veneers are usually glued on to the front of the tooth, however this is only possible if there is sufficient tooth remaining. If too much tooth has been chipped or broken off, a crown is a better option.

Front Tooth Bonding

This is when a very durable plastic material is combined with a bonding element and applied to the front of the tooth. This is all about restoring the patient’s original smile. It is used to also sort out chipped, cracked, discolored, misshapen and filled teeth. The difference between veneers and composite bonding is that with front tooth bonding less of the original tooth needs to be drilled to have these fitted.

Vampire Fangs

The fascination with this genre of dark films post Twilight has led to a rise in people visiting cosmetic dentists for a pair of their own. While we don’t really condone this sort of cosmetic dentistry the increasing popularity of this niche cannot be denied. These can either be veneers that can be removed later or permanent fangs that are designed to fit the patient’s bite-line.

Instant Bleaching Products

One of the long lasting dental procedures that is currently competing with a newer trend in cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. Ten years ago patients had to visit a dentist to have the colour of their teeth altered to a lighter shade of white. Today there are machines and whitening strips that customers can use from the comfort of their own homes to instantly bleach their teeth. While the results from some of these methods are dubious this is a growing market sector throughout Australia and especially in cosmopolitan cities such as Melbourne.

Cosmetic Gap

The medical condition is known as diastema is when there is a noticeable space between two teeth. As mentioned above, it is possible to use Front Tooth Bonding to cover this gap or bracers can be used to alter the position of the teeth. This problem is usually only rectified to help patients feel more comfortable smiling, but it not often necessary for non-cosmetic purposes.

As with all cosmetic procedures, new technologies are constantly being developed to make things faster, easier and less painful. While bleaching is the only at-home procedure listed above that customers can do themselves, the rest still require the touch of a professional dentist. This may not always be the case as new developments in the dental field are discovered. We do however recommend you consult with your local dentist before trying anything that could potentially damage the state of your teeth. If you need to discuss cosmetic dentistry with your local family dentist, please get in touch with the team at Chandler Road Family Dental today.

Dr. Dorairajan Kulandaivel (dentist)

About the Author:

Melbourne Dentist Dr. Dorai Kulandaivel has been practicing as a general dental practitioner since 2004. He has a gentle, caring approach to dental treatment and a wealth of experience. Due to this he is able to offer application of all dental procedures in the one place, at your local dentist clinic - Chandler Road Family Dental.

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