Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry
Many people think of cosmetic dentistry as a recent invention, but people have been trying to improve the looks of their smiles for centuries. The ancient Etruscans first carved dentures out of ivory to replace lost teeth, and later, Egyptians created whitening toothpaste using pumice and acid to scrub their teeth free of stains. Ancient people even had their own versions of braces and dental implants.
Veneers were not invented until the advent of silent movies, for which the early stars needed prettier smiles. These stick-on teeth lasted just about the duration of a single filming session and had clear limitations. Thankfully, we have more advanced methods and materials to transform our smiles today.
Some of the most popular trends include:
1. Teeth whitening
You no longer need to use pumice to scrub stains from your teeth. In the early 1980s, dentists discovered that hydrogen peroxide was far more effective and gentle for whitening teeth. Today, we have powerful peroxide formulations that can be used alone or with special lights to speed up the process.
2. Dental bonding
Bonding is a fast, effective procedure that is used to repair minor damage on teeth. Dr. Frame can complete the procedure in a single appointment, and the results can last for years.
3. Porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers offer beautifully natural-looking results. These porcelain shells cover the fronts of teeth to hide chips, gaps, uneven teeth, misshapen teeth, and other unsightly flaws.
Call us today to find out more about your options or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame.
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