Perfecting That Smile | Leading Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted on: 16 August 2016

Believe it or not, cosmetic dentistry has been around for millennia. Dentures were crafted out of animal teeth as far back as 700 B.C.

Your smile is an important part of your personality. Other than being a powerful cosmetic enhancement, a perfect white smile leaves a dazzle and a lasting impression on everyone you come across. Thinking of creating the perfect diamond smile with your teeth straight and white? Here are some few cosmetic dentistry trends to enlighten you on the options available to improve your look.  

Use of Invisalign

If you are embarrassed about wearing metal braces to straighten your teeth, worry no more. Options have changed from metal braces to other more convenient, appealing and less obvious ones. You could choose the "invisible braces" known as Invisalign. They are a good choice because they do not tamper with your appearance as they are clear and almost invisible. Additionally, they take less time as compared to the traditional metal braces to straighten teeth.

When getting rid of cavities, choose porcelain fillings instead of the tradition metal. This way, your dentist would be able to closely match the colour and texture of your teeth, giving them a much more natural look.

3D Dentistry

The 3D dentistry is another game changer with the introduction of CAD/CAM  and CBCTs (cone beamed computed tomography machines). To get that perfect smile, you need to choose a dentist that is very knowledgeable with digital dentistry. Digital dentistry involves the use of machinery and digital elements to get a 3-dimensional approach to treatment. 3D treatment is more in depth and efficient. It leads to better results as opposed to the traditional ways of treatment. The CBCTs for instance, give a full 3D view of the mouth and not just the small corner 2D view given by the traditional x-ray machines. It makes it a lot easier for your dentist to decide what needs to be done to your teeth when they can see in great detail. 3D dentistry also enables your dentist to detect minute changes and zone into very specific areas that need treatment.


Dental bonding is a trend that's ideal if you're running on a tight budget. A tooth-colored material is applied to the tooth to fill in gaps or make it look more appealing. When you have a coloured, broken, or chipped tooth, bonding will be appropriate to make it look new again without inflicting any pain or hurting your wallet. It is a less expensive procedure compared to other dentistry procedures. Additionally, bonding would save you a lot of time, as it only requires one visit to the doctor. This technique uses porcelain or resin, which is more appealing than silver fillings. However, if you are a smoker, you will need to stay away from smoking for at least 48 hours after bonding. This is because the material used is porous and will yellow when you smoke.