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The Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Trends

Your smile is one of the first features that people will notice, so it’s worth investing in nice teeth to make an excellent first impression. Having pearly whites can also help you appear younger and boost your confidence. Because of this, many people long to incorporate cosmetic dentistry into their beauty regimen.

A survey from last year found that 43% of people in the UK wanted to improve their smile with teeth whitening, veneers, or Invisalign. These dental procedures were more desired than any other cosmetic treatments, including Botox.

If you want to replicate the Hollywood smile, here are some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry trends you could try.  

Tooth whitening

A recent study found that almost a third of Brits want whiter teeth, and 66% have actively considered undergoing a whitening treatment. This is one of the most straightforward cosmetic dental procedures to treat discoloured or stained teeth.

Teeth whitening lightens the existing colour of your teeth by several shades using a bleaching gel. It won’t achieve a blinding white smile that lights up in the dark, like Ross in Friends, but you can hugely enhance the brightness of your teeth with multiple appointments.

Teeth whitening should only be conducted by a dental professional. If you use an at-home treatment, always purchase it from a dentist to ensure it’s effective, safe, and the mouthguard is adjusted to suit the shape of your mouth. However, it’s important to bear in mind that there is always a risk of increased sensitivity.



Veneers

The popularity of veneers has soared within the last decade. They can correct cosmetic dental issues such as chips, cracks, and discolouration. However, many choose to undergo this treatment for aesthetic reasons to achieve a picture-perfect smile, even if their teeth weren’t already damaged.

Veneers can be placed over just one or several of your teeth. In the prep stage, the tooth may need to be shaved down depending on the size, which is irreversible. They can last for 15 to 20 years, if looked after efficiently, before needing replacements.

This procedure is considered more of a luxury purchase as it can be costly. However, it’s a worthy investment as it will dramatically transform your smile. You also won’t need to pay for regular whitening treatments as the veneers will stay the same bright colour for many years.

Churchfield Dental, a dental practice that provides a full range of modern treatments, offers porcelain and composite resin veneers to suit a variety of budgets, dental condition and personal preferences.

Implants

Missing teeth is arguably the most noticeable dental imperfection and can drastically knock your confidence. On top of the aesthetic consequences, missing teeth can make chewing difficult and cause speech impediments. There are temporary solutions to this problem, such as dentures, but implants are more permanent.  

Dental implants are titanium screws, which are fitted into the jawbone to replace the root from your missing tooth. In a second procedure, a false but very convincing tooth is attached to the implant. While this can be costly, with proper care, the implants can last a lifetime.

Cosmetic contouring

Contouring doesn’t just mean using makeup to enhance your facial structure; it’s also a dental procedure that can reshape slightly misshapen teeth. This treatment which is sometimes referred to as ‘enameloplasty’, consists of removing some of the tooth’s enamel to change its shape. If your teeth are especially crooked, a more complicated option may be required.

Invisible braces

The idea of wearing adult braces might bring back dreaded high school memories, but you can now correct crooked teeth without anyone knowing. Plastic aligners, known as Invisalign, can’t be easily seen unless your teeth are under close inspection. These clear braces can fix alignment problems such as overbites, gapped, and protruding teeth.

The advanced technology of this procedure offers more successful and quicker results. Regular braces can take up to three years to work, whereas Invisaligns are often worn for between 12 and 18 months for adults.  
It’s believed that smiling can trigger feelings of happiness and positivity. Instead of hiding your smile because you’re embarrassed by any imperfections, transform your teeth with cosmetic dentistry under the advice of a dental professional.