Canadian’s pride themselves on their oral health with 75% of the country visiting a dental clinic annually and 86% at least once every 2 years. Naturally, demand for cosmetic dental treatments is soaring across the country. With technology evolving at a rapid rate, Canadians are taking advantage of less-invasive, quicker, and more comfortable treatments along with natural-looking results.
3D printing is revolutionising cosmetic dentistry with endless potentials for application. For example, 3D printing technology can be used to replace or fix a damaged tooth. The dentist simply scans the tooth with a digital wand to generate a 3D image. Next, computer aided design (CAD) software is used to digitally design the repaired tooth before the final design is printed with a 3D printer. Dentures, crowns, bridges, aligners, and splints are just some of the other cosmetic dentistry solutions made possible with 3D printing.
Rise of teledentistry
After first picking up steam in Canada during the pandemic, teledentistry is now increasingly replacing in-person appointments. Teledentistry connects patients with their dentists remotely, which in turn makes dentistry more accessible (particularly for patients in remote areas). Teledentistry also helps ensure care is promptly available in dental emergencies. Rather than wasting time panicking (which can be a natural response), patients can use teledentistry to speak with a dental professional in an emergency and receive advice on the best course of action. Teledentistry also helps stop patients potentially underestimating the seriousness of a problem, too, which ultimately helps avoid eventual visits to the emergency room. And, in cases when urgent treatment is required, emergency treatment is on hand as a solution to a host of dental problems. An emergency dental hospital can provide emergency treatments like fillings, emergency root canals, teeth extractions, and even dental surgeries.
Laser dentistry offers a modern alternative to drills (and other regular tools) to improve patient comfort during cosmetic procedures. In particular, laser dentistry can be used to whiten teeth and treat gum disease, tooth decay, and improve hypersensitivity. Laser dentistry can also be used to treat gummy smiles by reshaping the gums. With laser dentistry, patients experience little or no pain, less bleeding, less need for sutures, decreased infection risk, and quicker healing after the treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry is helping Canadian’s achieve their best smiles. 3D printing, teledentistry, and laser technology are some of the latest cosmetic dentistry trends taking Canada by storm.