6 Ways Technology Has Changed The Course Of Cosmetic Dentistry

Advances in technology have transformed the way dental patients gain access to both general and cosmetic dental care. The most common treatments are less invasive, quicker to complete and last longer than ever before. Even the length of dental appointments has been made shorter as a result of new techniques, including computer imaging.At Smile by Design we’ve invested in the equipment and techniques we believe are essential to providing preventative dental care and tooth restoration that exceeds patients’ expectations. Below are some examples of how dental services have changed for the better.

Dental Veneers

Having dental veneersis aminimally invasive treatment that is both drill- and injection-free.They requireonly a gentle conditioning of your tooth before application. Previously,gettingveneers required irreversible steps, like the alteration or removal of underlying tooth enamel before their application. The permanent ‘no-prep’dental veneer is bonded directly to your teeth, preserving healthy tooth enamel underneath and with the pleasant result of also transforming your smile.

Pain Free Dentistry

Hand in hand with technology making dental visits less invasive is the efficiency of procedures. The days of repeat visits to the dentistare largely over. Many treatments – cosmetic and otherwise – can be completed in-house now – somein just one appointment. In the past, sedation for dental treatment was only available at hospital, which was a costly and time-consuming option. Now, if you are anxious about visiting the dentist, in-chair sedation caneliminate everyday nervousness. Smile by Design offers effective pain-free treatment that can usually be completed in one session. You save time and have the peace of mind that your ‘smile therapy’ will be as stress-free as possible.

Invisible Braces

Computerised orthodontic therapy in the form of Invisalign braces means fewer dental appointments are required. With no need for metal brackets and wires, there are minimal follow-up sessions and no need for uncomfortable orthodontic adjustments. There’s less chance for gum inflammation needing treatment because Invisalign braces can be removed during meals and for home brusing, making them one of the most convenient and painless forms of treatment available for straightening teeth.

Dental Implants

Perhaps the most dramatic transformation in dental treatments and material is that of dental implants. What was once an unreliable, invasive treatment in an attempt to permanently replace teeth has evolved into the preferred method of permanent tooth replacement. Stable, minimally invasive materials make dental veneers easy to install, with an extremely high success rate. In fact, the titanium implants used in modern dentistry are now said to be stronger than real teeth. Even a full mouth denture can be supported on just four implant roots in most cases.

Digital Radiography

The use of digital dental x-rays has sped up dental appointment times, too.  Chemical dip processors are no longer needed for film processing, removing harmful chemical vapours from our dental facility. Every digital x-ray is instantly projected onto our computer monitors, allowing Dr Tam to quickly and easily share his findings and prognosis with patients. Radiation levels are also dramatically reduced, as only a small amount is needed to produce a higher quality image than ever before.

Composite and porcelain materials

Tooth coloured restorations like composite fillings and porcelain crowns used to be unreliable because they were prone to fracturing with normal use. Dental materials have continually been improved at the microscopic level to create restorations that look better than ever before, while standing up to the normal wear and tear you willput them through every day. The materials we use to repairteeth at our practice are stronger and last longer than the cosmetic materials of the past.

Don’t put it off – design your new smile now

Smile by Design isn’t your average dental office. Our goal is to create better-looking smiles that are healthy and durable enough to outlast everyday dental care. If you need to catch up on your general dental care, or have always dreamed of having a bright new smile to show off, there’s never been a better time to have treatment. Problem teeth or toothaches that just won’t go away are no matches for the care you’ll get at Smile by Design. We’ve equipped our practice with the technology and techniques to help every patient achieve the smile of their dreams. Call Dr. Tam and his team on 1800 888 645.

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