Dental technology and treatments have come a long way over the last 50 years. Even in the last 25 years, dental procedures and treatments like braces have undergone huge advancements with the introduction of Invisalign in the late 1990s. Even surgical treatments like dental implants have become more common, less painful, and more permanent. Before 1950, dental implants were experimental at best. It was not until 1956 that titanium was introduced for this purpose.
Since then, titanium implants have become an excellent option for people who are missing teeth, as they are attached directly to your jawbone and last a lifetime. Because the technology and anesthetic methods used for implants have changed so much, more and more people are opting for them – but what other cosmetic treatments have gained popularity? We are glad you asked.
White, Bright Smiles
Having a beautiful, white smile has always been popular, but it wasn’t until recently that dentists have found safer ways to achieve whiter teeth without damaging the enamel in the process. In the 1990s and early 2000s, it was very popular to choose over-the-counter whitening products. Whether whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, whitening trays, or even whitening lights, these products promised to safely whiten teeth to give you the smile of your dreams. The problem? They weren’t safe at all. These products damaged enamel beyond repair and caused severe sensitivity in people that used them frequently.
Today, dentists are able to offer whitening treatments in-office. These treatments are not only safe but they can be combined with your cleaning appointment to not only give you a white smile but a healthy one! Professionally whitening your teeth with a dentist is also much quicker, providing results in as little as one session.
Nothing says “beautiful” like a straight smile. Before the late 1990s, most people would not opt for braces unless absolutely necessary. Today, with the introduction of Invisalign in 1998, over 80% of teenagers get braces before the age of 20. More than 6 million people currently use Invisalign to straighten their teeth and the majority of them are over the age of 21. Straight teeth can correct a lot of dental issues, like crossbites and spacing issues. Today, braces are more than just a tool for correction, they are a popular cosmetic dentistry option.
Dental Implants and Veneers
Cut from the same cloth, dental implants (like we mentioned above) and veneers offer patients a way to get back what was lost. Nearly 40 million American adults are missing all of their teeth. Before the advancements of implants and veneers, these people would have lost more than just their teeth, but their confidence. Now, depending on what your needs are, you can get back a beautiful, natural smile just by consulting with a dental professional. While dental implants would replace missing teeth in their entirety, veneers would be an excellent option to improve the look and feel of your natural teeth.
There are many cosmetic dentistry options in the world today, and we offer many of them at Premier Dental Center New Braunfels. If you are ready to take the next step to reveal a beautiful smile, please schedule an appointment. We would love to care for your teeth.