Cosmetic surgery has made leaps and bounds over the last several years as a way for a person to improve or enhance their appearance, and cosmetic dentistry has followed that trend.
The Impact with Martin Sheen TV show at www.impactptv.com has been learning about the latest technologies dentists have at their disposal to assisting in building smiles for their patients.
Ironically, one of the most visible methods because of its exposure through the news media is invisible braces. Doctors now have new procedures and treatment option for patients who want to straighten their smiles without the look of braces.
Invisalign offers a clear plastic mold that the patient can apply and remove from their teeth. Over the course of treatment, the dentist creates new molds to incrementally adjust the position of the teeth towards a more attractive smile.
Incognito braces are less of a new technology but a breakthrough in something familiar. The Incognito system works much like traditional braces but they are installed behind the teeth. Dentists can monitor the alignment of the teeth through computer software that allows them to make ongoing adjustments during treatment.
Impact Martin Sheen also has noticed the marriage of sculpture and smile enhancement. Through science, dental labs can now create seemingly undetectable composite caps using composite materials that replicate the appearance of dentin and enamel. Using the power of high intensity light, the material is bonded to the teeth to create a perfect match for the patient’s mouth.
Veneers and composite bonds also have the added benefit of being more resistant to stains than natural tooth material, and now there is a procedure that can even work the magic of the traditional filling.
Another technology that Impact Martin Sheen PBS is exploring is how inlays offer dentists a way to seal cavities and decayed areas by using material that looks like original tooth material. Created in a lab, doctors can place the inlay directly into the cavity like a puzzle piece. The material is so strong it even can be used on biting surfaces that take the most punishment inside the mouth.
The TV program is examining all types of medical advancement. While much of the medical industry is helping us to be healthier, researchers are also working hard to help improve the way we feel about ourselves through a brighter smile that shines back at us when we look in the mirror.