Dental clinics in Singapore have seen up to a 50% rise in demand for cosmetic dentistry in the last five years. Now more than ever before, people are rethinking their oral care and choosing expensive procedures to correct dental flaws in just a matter of days or weeks. Cosmetic dentistry offers countless options to help you achieve your best smile and improve your overall oral health. With the latest trends utilising the most advanced technology, dentists are now able to preserve more of their patients’ teeth, giving patients a more beautiful but still natural smile.
Traditional Forms Of Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth deteriorate with age and for some people, these changes can happen sooner rather than later. Teeth can become discoloured, stained, worn chipped, misaligned, misshapen or have gaps in between. This damage can also be accelerated by grinding of teeth. Braces are still one of the most popular ways for Singaporeans to align and straighten teeth, along with repositioning them to improve the bite, dental health and appearance. But while braces are commonly associated with children and adolescents, an increasing number of adults are now opting for braces to improve their smile. But getting braces is quite a commitment in both time and money, so they need looking after and extra consideration. For example, wearing a custom-made mouthguard during sports will not just protect the braces, but also avoid unsightly damage to the jaw and teeth.
But while for many Singaporeans, the focus is on achieving the perfect smile, almost one in three people aged over 60, or 31% of that age group, are entire without any teeth. This figure is significantly higher than other developed countries where around 20% of the same age group are without any teeth. To tackle this growing issue, the National Dental Research Institute of Singapore aims to drive oral health research and techniques. The Institute pioneers research into creating new dental devices using the latest technology. Dental plugs created by a 3D printer to temporarily replace dental implants, while micro-needles for injections will reduce pain and speed up procedures.
Gum Contouring And Dental Implants
Excess gum tissue can be caused by a number of dental and medical conditions and even some prescribed medications. Gum sculpting and contouring can make a huge difference to Singaporeans looking to improve their smile. It involves removing excess gum tissue that covers a tooth or teeth by using a scalpel or laser and reshaping the gum. It makes teeth look longer and shapelier and can also help to improve teeth and gum health. If a tooth needs to be removed, not even veneers can help to bring the tooth back. However, people can now opt for dental implants instead of traditional dentures. It’s the equivalent to prosthetics for dentistry and fixes teeth into the mouth.
As technology continues to evolve within cosmetic dentistry, people can look forward to even more choices when it comes to improving their oral health and helping them to achieve a better smile.