A great smile goes a long way in making a lasting impression on someone. Studies have indicated that it can take as few as three seconds for a person to create a favorable, or unfavorable, impression on others. It may be an interview for a job or it might be a typical social situation interacting with new faces. It’s not an exaggeration to say that one’s smile is the first feature that really makes an impression when meeting someone new. Having a great smile is important and, as a result, the dental field has responded to the demand for sparkling white and straight teeth.
Advances in orthodontics have made it possible, and more accessible, for people to obtain straight, healthy teeth. John F. Buzzatto, DMD, MDS, the president of the American Association of Orthodontists, states that the advances and innovations that have been made in the field are game-changing and there are a variety of ways that orthodontists can help those of all ages achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.
One of the latest trends in orthodontics is, of course, Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses a system of removable, virtually invisible aligners that are custom made to help achieve straight teeth. The Invisalign system of orthodontic treatment is popular among adults who want to correct crooked teeth. Patients wear a series of aligners that work progressively to straighten teeth. Adults like the Invisalign system because they do not have to wear traditional metal brackets often worn by young teens.
Teeth whitening is also a hot trend in cosmetic dentistry. While orthodontics works to straighten teeth, many in the field will also offer whitening services. The process can be done using bleaching, which has come a long way since the ancient Romans used a concoction of goat’s milk to whiten teeth. Patients can also have their teeth whitened by laser. Patients will see results from laser whitening almost immediately.
For those who have always wanted a healthy smile, but believe that their chipped, broken, and discolored teeth are way beyond repair; cosmetic dentists have had great success with composite bonding and the use of veneers. Dentists use materials such as enamel and dentin and permanently bond them to repair broken, discolored, and decaying teeth. Cosmetic dental specialists can also create custom made porcelain veneers, which are then bonded to teeth to give the appearance of a beautiful, healthy smile.
Cosmetic dentistry has made significant strides in the past decade or so in bringing gorgeous, healthy smiles to people. With the importance of a healthy smile, these trends are likely to continue.