The demand for cosmetic dentistry has been on the rise over the years. More and more people are seeking to improve their smiles and oral health.
Choosing the right dentist can be a daunting experience, especially when there are numerous options available. With the dental industry constantly evolving and more technology becoming available, knowing the top trends in cosmetic dentistry can help you and your dentist make the best choices to help you achieve the smile you’re after.
These are top cosmetic dentistry trends of 2023, including some frequently asked questions about the most common treatments of the year.
5 Top Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry for 2023
1. Digital Smile Design.
Digital Smile Design (DSD) is a newer digital tool allowing dentists to design a patient’s smile before any treatment is done. This technology uses digital imaging software to create a mock-up of a patient’s teeth and gums. It helps to give patients an idea of what their new smile will look like. With this technology, the dentist can identify the best treatment plan, making it easier to create a beautiful smile customised to the patient.
By using Digital Smile Design, a dentist can help a patient explore their different options before committing to a particular treatment. It can help them see what they would look like with particular teeth shapes or colours, the different stages of correction and more. Through this method, patients can be more prepared and informed.
If you’re looking to undergo cosmetic dentistry, seeing a dentist who uses digital imaging can help you make an informed decision.
2. Invisalign clear braces.
Invisalign is a clear and removable alternative to traditional braces. This treatment uses clear aligners that are custom-made to fit a patient’s teeth and are less noticeable, typically more comfortable, and are removable, which makes them a popular choice for those looking to straighten their teeth.
Invisalign is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry trends, particularly with adults, as it allows teeth correction while not being highly noticeable.
Invisalign is not the right treatment for everyone, but can be a suitable replacement for braces for many. During your consultation, our team at iSmile Dental can assess if invisalign is right for you and how it can help you with the smile you desire.
3. Teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening has been one of the top trends in cosmetic dentistry for many years, and is anticipated to be so for many years to come. It allows people who don’t want to undergo permanent cosmetic dentistry, like veneers, access to a whiter, brighter smile.
In 2023, we are seeing new and innovative teeth whitening treatments, using advanced technology to achieve a whiter and brighter smile in less time. This is making teeth whitening more accessible to more people, and is more affordable than ever before. If you would like a quote on teeth whitening, give our team at iSmile Dental a call today.
4. Dental implants.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically placed in the jawbone. They provide a permanent solution to missing teeth or gaps in the teeth, giving patients a natural-looking, durable smile. Both partial and full bridge dental implants can be used to replace one or more teeth, even a full smile.
For people with dentures, dental implants may be a good alternative. They give the confidence to smile, talk and eat food without fear of embarrassment, with no risk of teeth dislodging or moving while doing so. It can help you feel more comfortable and confident, like you would with your natural teeth.
5. Ceramic crowns.
Crowns have made leaps and bounds in recent years, and none so more than ceramic crowns. This is a cosmetic dental treatment used to restore the size, shape, appearance and strength of a tooth, acting as a ‘cap’ over the natural tooth.
If you’ve chipped a tooth, a crown can be a good solution. With modern ceramic crowns, no one will even know it’s there as they can be made to blend in with your teeth.
Ceramic crowns, in particular, are the most natural-looking crown available. They have been developed to even have an element of translucency, and can be made to match the shape and colour of your other teeth so it perfectly blends in.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry
What does cosmetic dentistry fix?
Cosmetic dentistry aims to fix the appearance of the teeth, such as chipped, cracked, misshapen or discoloured teeth, or gaps between teeth. While it’s purpose is to fix the aesthetics of the smile, it can also help with a number of oral health issues, including discomfort or pain, infections, abscesses and more.
Examples of cosmetic dentistry procedures include bonding, veneers, crowns, implants, teeth whitening, invisalign, gum contouring and more. With so many options available, it’s important to consult with a cosmetic dentist to evaluate your dental needs and determine the best course of action for your dental health.
What is a smile makeover?
A smile makeover is a comprehensive treatment plan combining various cosmetic dental procedures to improve the overall appearance of the smile. It is a customised treatment plan that takes into consideration the unique needs and goals of each patient, with the process starting with a thorough dental examination to determine the best course of action for the patient’s dental health and cosmetic concerns.
When assessing a patient for cosmetic treatment, a dentist will take into account the patient’s facial structure, skin tone, hair colour, gum tissue and lips, as well as the colour, width, length, shape and display of the teeth. The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to help create a beautiful, natural-looking smile to enhance the patient’s overall appearance and to boost their confidence.
How long does a smile makeover take?
The length of time a smile makeover takes varies depending on the extent of the work needed and the specific procedures involved. For example, you may need a course of teeth whitening sessions, with each teeth whitening session taking up to 45 minutes, while veneers may take two or three visits over the course of two to four weeks. Some cosmetic dentistry treatments will take six months or more, such as dental implants and teeth straightening.
What is gum contouring?
Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves reshaping or resculpting the gumline. The process involves cutting away or removing excess gum tissue around your teeth to create a more aesthetically pleasing gumline.
Gum contouring can also involve restoring gum tissue in cases of gum recession. It is usually an elective procedure, meaning that it is not medically necessary but is done to improve the look of the gums, teeth, or smile. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can be done in a dentist or periodontist’s office, and the recovery time is usually short.