Despite the fact that the term “smile makeover” is relatively new, dentists have really been doing smile makeovers for decades. We’ve always taken aesthetic considerations into account because we know that your smile is one of the things people notice and remember when they look at you.
However, we’ve progressed into the digital age, and computers are helping us to show our patients exactly what to expect after we’ve used various techniques to improve their smiles. As a result, you no longer have to take our word for it or try to visualize how you’ll look once we’ve placed veneers, straightened teeth or adjusted gumlines.
Some of the techniques we use are relatively new too and we’re pleased that we can offer our patients the very latest procedures to build their confidence. Let’s take a look at the latest advances.
Power Bleaching for Discoloured Teeth
This relative newcomer on the cosmetic dentistry scene is hugely popular with our patients. Imagine being able to walk into our surgery with teeth you hate because they’re yellowed and stained and walk out with the brightest smile ever! We use a special light to activate tooth bleaching agents, and the whole procedure is painless and over in minutes.
Tooth Straightening Techniques Have Come a Long Way
You no longer need to walk around with a mouthful of metal in the form of the old-fashioned “railway track” braces of yesteryear if you want straighter teeth. We especially like the Invisalign method. It uses advanced software to model the way your teeth will move into place while using all-but-invisible aligners that fit over your teeth.
We track your progress, and all you have to do is to come in for periodic appointments to ensure that the process is on track. And in case you were wondering, you can remove your aligners when you’re brushing your teeth or eating – so your overall oral hygiene and comfort will be far greater when using these aligners.
Veneers Keep Getting Better
Veneers, thin porcelain shells that cover up less-than-perfect teeth, are one of the secrets behind celebrity smiles. These days, they’re not only better than they were in the past, but also more affordable. Just about anyone can afford a brilliant smile these days. Innovations include the use of new materials for veneers, and they’re getting slimmer too – so there’s no need to reduce tooth volume just to keep the veneers looking natural.
Reshaping the Gum Line with Lasers
Dental lasers surgery has also seen a great many advances. No longer do you need to live with an uneven or overly high gumline. It’s all about proportions, and getting the look that makes your smile as attractive as it possibly can be. When you visit a good cosmetic dentistry specialist, he or she will be able to determine whether this intervention could be the finishing touch your smile needs.
Coming Soon: 3-D Printed Teeth
Dental technologists individually handcraft teeth, but now technology is poised to take over, making replacement teeth with greater precision than ever before. 3D printing is very new, but it seems the perfect solution to making teeth replacements, veneers and crowns. There are still a few hurdles to overcome, particularly with regard to cost, but it’s quite possible that your dentist at will be able 3-D print replacement teeth for you very soon. Watch this space!