Cosmetic dentistry in Costa Rica, has and continues to advance thanks in part to technological developments, but, mostly due to the commitment of dental professionals in offering the best possible solutions to their patients at a reasonable price without compromising quality of care.
A simile has a direct impact on everybody’s personality, it can greatly influence first impressions which could lead to better opportunities in life. For this reason, everyone wants a perfect smile, and this is where cosmetic dentistry comes into play.
When we speak of cosmetic dentistry, we are referring to any dental work performed which aims at improving the appearance of a patient’s mouth, this includes changing the shape or color of teeth, adjusting the alignment of them or reshaping the gum line.
At the Flikier Dental Institute, we are committed to helping our patients achieve the best possible smile, to this, our qualified staff of professionals continuously receives training on the latest technological advances and trends in cosmetic dentistry.
While the methodology of cosmetic dentistry in Costa Rica has changed over the years, its aim remains the same, create more attractive smiles. There has been a grand evolution as far as treatment planning; technological and procedural advances coupled with the inclusion of specialists in form of periodontists, orthodontists, prosthodontists and implantologists, mean our doctors can now offer faster treatments that are minimally invasive and cause little discomfort, at a fair price.
The innovation in cosmetic dentistry is not limited to procedures, it also includes the materials utilized. In the last few years the use of ceramics has replaced traditional metal solutions. Ceramics have proven to have longer lifespans; the new materials are stronger at a very thin thickness, creating a more natural look, which translates into a more esthetically pleasing result.
Top Aesthetic Dentistry Trends
Some of the most in demand procedures in cosmetic dentistry in Costa Rica are:
This tooth straightening technology is known as convenient orthodontics. Invisalign consists of clear dental plates designed to straighten teeth in a very discreet manner, which has made it very popular amongst adults who would love a straighter smile but are too embarrassed to wear metal braces.
These are the most in demand cosmetic dentistry treatments requested in Costa Rica. The latest trends involve porcelain dental crowns, made to replace missing teeth or cover severely damaged ones. Today, porcelain crowns are created with such artistry that it is difficult to distinguish them from real teeth.
Bonding procedures have been one of the most popular options for improving the look of teeth for several years. Bonding uses resign to fill in tooth gaps, however, it is now being used to improve smile appearance by covering damaged teeth and restoring the look to a near perfect tooth.
Bonding may be used on:
* Chipped or cracked teeth
* To even out the length of a tooth
* Teeth that have changed shape over time
* To fill large spaces between teeth
* Teeth that have rot near the gum line
* Stained or discolored teeth
One reason for the popularity of Bonding is that unlike whitening, bonding offers a permanent solution to teeth discoloration. Another reason is cost; bonding procedures are less expensive than alternative treatments. Teeth are also better preserved with bonding than with crowns or veneers.
One of the fastest ways to change the appearance of a smile, almost everyone is a good candidate for the procedure which only requires two dental visits.
This is the latest and most exciting trend to date, the introduction of CAD/Cam technology in cosmetic dentistry has been a game changer for the industry, the advent of digital dentistry brings with it, efficiency, improved accuracy and more pleasing esthetics.
As its name suggests, 3D dentistry uses software and computer simulations to design better smiles and offer the patient a preview of what the final result will look like. To get the 3-dimensional information needed for 3D dentistry, cone beam computed tomography machines known as CBCT’s are required.
The CBCT’s provide a 3D modeling of the patient’s entire mouth should it be required, a great improvement over traditional X-Rays which only provide a 2D image of a portion of the mouth. It can also provide a very detailed image of a targeted dental piece such as a single tooth root. This makes it easier for your cosmetic dentist to visualize the current situation and plan the best possible treatment to correct it.
CBCT technology can be applied to various medical fields, however, in Costa Rica, cosmetic dentists use it to determine the right placement of dental implants, to measure the jaw and plan corrective procedures to fix under or overbites and to get a patient ready for reconstructive surgery as the machine also shows soft tissue, nerve pathways and bone. The use of CBCT’s in reconstructive surgeries, significantly increases the success rate of the procedure.
If you are ready to improve your smile, the acclaimed professionals at the Flickier Dental Institute are happy to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.