They say one of the first things people notice when they meet someone is their smile – but what if your pearly whites aren’t quite so, well, pearly white? Or are not quite the perfectly aligned example you’d have hoped them to be?
Thankfully, in this day and age, there are a wealth of cosmetic dentistry treatments available that will get your teeth looking ship-shape in no time, and these are advancing by the day. While the end goal – that perfect smile – remains the same, techniques are becoming more modern and evolving by the day, which is good news for those wanting fast and effective results.
From the latest and greatest dental implants to startlingly realistic veneers, these are the trends set to dominate in 2021, and will have you well on your way to pearly perfection before the year is out.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to fix a broken smile is with the latest in dental implants. For those with missing teeth or who have undergone an extraction, it has fast become the favoured approach over previously popular dental bridges, despite once being seen as a more suitable treatment option for older patients.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth with a metal ‘root’ that is implanted into the jawbone, and in 2020, more people than ever are heading overseas to Turkey for the procedure due to the advanced expertise and excellent prices on offer there. Dental implants in Dentatur clinics in Antalya are implemented using the utmost in modern technology and techniques to guarantee superior results.
To begin the process, the dentist will take scans to check the health of the jawbone in the area and, if the damaged tooth is still in place, remove it. They will then place the metal post into your jawbone, and add the artificial tooth once healed.
Gone are the days of ugly metal train-track braces, with today’s solution to a straighter smile a subtle and more seamless set of clear aligners. Thanks to their improved aesthetics and the convenience they offer, clear aligners are becoming a more popular choice by the day, with more adults than ever opting for the procedure.
Patients will have a mould of their current tooth and gum structure taken at the dentist, before ten to fifteen sets of trays are developed, each to be worn by the patient for a few weeks at a time. Treatment plans are mainly self-administered once your clear trays have been designed, which means you can easily swap them yourself at home each time you need to move onto the next phase.
These days, straight teeth can be achieved in as little as six months, which is a far cry from the typical three-year treatments we once had to contend with. Trays can also be removed for important meetings and when eating or drinking, remaining discreet and keeping any associated embarrassment to a minimum.
The fastest way to completely transform your smile, porcelain veneers have long been popular amongst the rich and famous, but these days, application techniques are more advanced than ever. In the past, a large amount of the natural tooth had to be removed in order for veneers to be securely fit, but current techniques have cut this down so that only a very thin layer must be filed down.
While many tooth and gum issues require only simple cosmetic intervention, veneers can be a great choice for those with more complex issues, creating a straight and even smile they could have only ever dreamed of in the past. But although they can be used to correct chips and minor gapping, they still need to be applied to relatively straight teeth – which means patients are often recommended a course of Invisalign first.
There might be nothing new about these procedures, but with techniques advancing by the day, cosmetic dentistry treatments like these are becoming more highly sought-after than ever. So, if you’re planning on investing in the perfect smile in 2021, then these are the trends to watch.