Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetics of teeth. This involves correcting discolouration, position, size, alignment, and the overall shape of the smile. Recently, there has been an increase in demand for this branch of dentistry, nationwide. More people than ever before are looking to maintain and restore their smiles with the aid of cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, white fillings, CEREC, and dental implants. Furthermore, with the increase in demand, more and more dental practices are focusing on aesthetics, such as a cosmetic dentist in Bromley.
The treatment for some cosmetic dentistry is often less invasive than other procedures, quick, and effective. Teeth whitening, for example, is one of the most efficient procedures with immediate results. Often the patient can purchase the teeth whitening kit, follow the instructions of their dental practitioner, and even apply it at home.
Porcelain veneers are custom made shells the colour of teeth, to cover over the front surface teeth to improve their appearance. They are of particular use to patients suffering from stains, chips, or misalignments.
White fillings are made of a composite, the same colour as a patient’s surrounding teeth, to fill cavities. Also, they can replace previous metallic fillings to avoid that metallic glint patients might get when smiling.
CEREC, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic, uses computer-aided design and manufacturing to take impressions of a patient’s teeth quickly to get their filling fitted. This means patients can receive crowns, onlays, or veneers in just one visit, as opposed to the traditional two.
Dental implants, as the name suggests, are implants to replace missing or damaged teeth. This is more invasive, but also more important than other treatments. They are surgically implanted into the jaw and fused, which means that they will not slip or cause bone damage like other procedures might. Patients with missing teeth are at an increased risk of malocclusion, periodontal damage, insufficient alveolar bone growth, reduced chewing ability, inarticulate pronunciation, and more.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry using popular methods in cosmetic dentistry for straightening teeth. For example, Inman aligners and invisible braces are examples of two treatments for straighter teeth, which mean a patient can receive treatment whilst still maintaining a natural smile. In addition to improving the patient’s smile, the realignment will also improve the patient’s overall dental health.
An invisible brace is a removable transparent plastic mould that is custom-made to fit over the patient’s unique teeth. Because they are removable, patients are able to maintain good oral health with relative ease. However, patients must wear their clear aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day.
Inman aligners are another option for patients who need to realign their front teeth. There is only one visible wire that is used and it is also removable to allow for eating, brushing, and flossing. It is considered comfortable and can treat in as little as 8 to16 weeks. These aligners do not treat the back teeth (molars and premolars) and are only suitable for the front.
An increasing market
By the year 2026, the global cosmetic dentistry market is set to increase to around 27 billion dollars. That is a 10 billion dollar increase since 2017. There has been much speculation as to why this is; parents seeing how well their children look after treatment, celebrity influence, and improvement in dental technology may all be contributing to demand. Whatever the exact reason, given the evidence, it can be safely assumed there is an increase in the amount of patients desiring a smile they are satisfied with.