Aesthetic or cosmetic dentistry came from humble beginnings, created with the purpose of developing advanced techniques to restore and improve the appearance, shape and colour of teeth. Once laced with ethical concerns, the field evolved into dental specialities, which fall under two categories: prosthodontics and orthodontics.
Four decades of research and development brought to light new concepts and a deeper understanding of what role dental aesthetics play in a person’s overall oral health. Forty years worth of discoveries and development of minimally invasive techniques make cosmetic dentistry now an authority on facial restorations.
Discovering the Importance of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry may not be as well-accepted as endodontics, but it has seen many remarkable improvements in the past four decades. It has transformed into an ethical and interdisciplinary approach to managing minor oral issues.
It has also played a role in educating patients about the importance of prevention and good oral hygiene. Orthodontics, the first ever speciality created in dentistry, has certainly transformed the most. Gone are the days of big and ugly metal braces.
Current techniques and treatment options are more sophisticated, effective and practical. With the introduction of smile design principles, intensive treatment planning and computer imaging software-aided diagnostics, patients would what they are spending their money on.
Concepts of Growth
The movement of cosmetic dentists has also changed impressively. New concepts of growth have been introduced following the adoption of a more progressive and ethical approach. Removable and invisible teeth aligners have become the preferred treatment options for most people, especially adults.
Porcelain veneers have become thinner and minimally invasive, offering remarkable outcomes without the need for tooth reductions. Removable appliances to align teeth are made with bio-compatible dental materials in order conserve the natural function and aesthetics of teeth.
As the market demand for aesthetic dentistry increases, practitioners acknowledge the need to establish social trust and apply evidence-based philosophy into aesthetic dental treatments. Contemporary cosmetic dentistry now focuses more on long-term oral health, actual aesthetic needs, prevention and minimal dental intervention.