The latest trends in cosmetic dentistry

by | Mar 3, 2023


Cosmetic dentistry is currently the fastest-growing field in the dental industry because it provides a positive impact on our smiles by improving their appearance. With an improved smile our overall confidence increases which significantly improves our happiness. Cosmetic dentistry treatments help transform our smiles and teeth to achieve a positive change which improves oral functions, facial appearance and emotional wellbeing. As with almost anything cosmetic dentistry trends keep evolving, always finding better and smarter ways for a smile makeover.

Advances in cosmetic dentistry continue to evolve such as 3D printing solutions that have enhanced cosmetic dental repairs with aligners, implants and crowns that fit precisely. Thanks to technology such as these cosmetic procedures continue to become more and more effective. Below are some of the current trends that have been helping people achieve a perfect smile.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners such as Invisalign are transparent or near-invisible teeth alignment devices that are a removable alternative to braces. They help correct minor to moderately misaligned teeth and are ideal for adults who do not want braces on their teeth. They are very comfortable to wear as they gently and slowly move teeth into place. Perfect as long as the teeth are not too crooked. Clear aligners are the preferred choice these days as it is convenient to wear during the duration of the treatment. Custom aligners are re-fitted every so often to help coax the teeth into their new positions.

The time it takes to make the adjustments does vary according to each individual and the complexity of the case. Normally it can take between 10 to 24 months. The cost of the treatment will depend on the dental practice you choose to get it done at, but more and more insurance policies are starting to include clear aligners. On average it can cost anywhere between £1,500 to £5,000.

Gum contouring

Gum contouring is a popular cosmetic procedure that permanently even outs uneven gum lines. It is especially suitable if you have receding gums. Also called gingival contouring, it is a helpful treatment to achieve a perfect smile. For most the results are usually permanent with no repeat treatments needed because gums do not normally grow back after being reshaped. If you have excess gums then contouring will involve cutting to shape the gum and if you have gum recession, then the process will include restoring gum tissue.

Depending on what your requirement is gum contouring can take around 1 to 2 hours, based on how much restructuring your gumline needs. The recovery period too varies from person to person with some recovering within a few days with others needing more time. Generally, recovery is between a week to 10 days. The cost of gum reshaping can be between £495-£795, depending on the number of teeth being done and the complexity of the shaping required.

Teeth whitening

White teeth are a great way to boost your self-confidence and enhance your smile. Teeth whitening treatments are simple and affordable, providing a simple way to improve your smile. Modern treatments such as laser whitening are extremely safe when performed by a cosmetic dentist with visible results that do not damage the tooth surface. Today the available whitening products are safe and when performed by professionals or done under the proper guidance provide long-lasting results.

With the proper aftercare teeth whitening can be done at the dentist once a year or even up to 18 months later. If done at home then once every four to six months is recommended. To get your teeth whitening done professionally it will cost roughly £150 – £700. Laser treatments start at about £500 depending on where you get it done. Treatments generally take about an hour to complete.

Lip Enhancement

Lip enhancements cosmetic procedures are popular these days as a way to add volume to your lips. They provide long-lasting results but involve more work than fillers and have a longer recovery time. One method of enhancement is the fat taken usually from the stomach, is purified and injected into the lips, in a process known as fat grafting which is minimally invasive. It provides long-lasting results. There is the standard lip filler which is easiest to do but has the shortest life span. Implants are the longest-lasting method of achieving fuller lips.

It is advisable to discuss the best option for you, based on the structure of your teeth, with your cosmetic dentist before making a decision. The cost of each procedure varies according to individual requirements, the dental surgeon and the material used. Fillers can range from £79-£119 for 0.55ml to £99-£229 for 1ml depending on the product used, while implants will range from around £1,000 to £3,000.

Dental bonding

Popular trends in cosmetic dentistry include dental bonding which is a procedure that uses tooth-coloured material to correct imperfections and enhance your smile. It is the ideal way to repair a chipped, broken or cracked tooth and can even be used to lengthen a shorter tooth. It also helps deal with discoloured teeth. The bond used is composite resin which can be obtained in hues similar to natural teeth and is suitable for minor injuries and for teeth that are not severely decayed. It is a relatively painless cosmetic dental treatment that continues to help transform smiles. For severe injuries, dental implants are a more suitable treatment option.

The cost of dental bonding treatments will vary based on the material used, the procedure which is being done and the dental clinic. For minor changes using composite bonding, the cost can be around £160. More advanced versions such as porcelain veneers and composite veneers cost more ranging from around £460 to £600 per veneer.

Dental hygiene treatments

To get the best from any cosmetic treatment you might undergo, it is important that you maintain good oral health. Combining cosmetic treatments with follow-up dental hygiene treatments such as getting your teeth professionally cleaned regularly. This will include scaling and polishing. In between be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Brush your tongue and floss once a day, daily. Finish off with an antibacterial mouthwash. This will help keep your teeth healthy and looking their best.

How do you select a good cosmetic dentist?

If you want to achieve your perfect smile and are looking for the best cosmetic dentist to help you then there are a few criteria you can look into, to help you make the right choice. First of course is a dentist’s ability and experience based on previous work, their philosophy of care, training and qualifications.

There are a number of ways for patients seeking a good dentist to set about finding one. Look for recommendations from friends and acquaintances or look at social media for dentists and clinics with good reviews. Find a cosmetic dentist that is within an easy radius of you so that if you require multiple visits it will be easier.

It is important that you choose a qualified dentist with experience because it is your smile that is at stake. You need someone who will deliver a quality long lasting smile makeover that you can have confidence in. Recommendations and good reviews are your best tools when choosing a cosmetic dentist.


There is no reason for you not to achieve the smile of your dreams because today dentistry and dental trends help all of us enjoy the joys of perfect teeth. Find a cosmetic dentist that suits your needs and face the world with renewed confidence.