Americans are increasingly aware of the profound impact dental health has on physical attractiveness and self-esteem. Cosmetic dentistry is a thriving industry as people seek tooth restoration to look and feel better, to turn back the clock, and to prepare for upcoming events such as weddings, reunions, and vacations.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) has identified several key industry trends that have led to increased demand for smile enhancement over the past year in their annual “State of Cosmetic Dentistry” survey.
Restoration using dental crowns is the most common procedure in cosmetic dentistry today, used “most frequently” by 82 percent of all cosmetic dentists. Dental crowns are used to restore a broken tooth, protect a weakened tooth, cover a failed implant, or fill large holes once decay has been removed. Crowns are most commonly made from ceramic or porcelain. Most crowns last between 5 and 15 years, but some last up to 30.
Here at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we have advanced 3D print technology that manufactures personalized dental crowns in just 20 minutes, so we can get patients in and out the same day. We also use 3D technology to determine the right placement for implants, measure the jaw, prepare patients for reconstructive surgery, examine decay and tooth root structures, and reduce radiation exposure. Despite all the advantages of 3D technology, only 28 percent of cosmetic dentists have made investment a priority.
When cosmetic dentists were asked to describe the ONE “most popular” cosmetic procedure at their practices, a third of survey respondents named tooth whitening. There are in-office and at-home methods of teeth whitening, depending on your individual circumstances. Years of tobacco use and drinking red wine, coffee, tea, or cola can be lifted from the teeth in just two office visits. The popularity of teeth whitening has skyrocketed over the last 20 years, as more people become aware of how quick, effective and affordable it is.
Seventy-four percent of cosmetic dentists list teeth bonding as a “frequent” procedure at their practices. For 30 percent of cosmetic dentists, it’s the #1 procedure. Bonding is a method of using resin to fill gaps between the teeth or cover existing teeth that are imperfect. Bonding can repair minor chips and cracks, make teeth appear the same length, give the teeth a uniform shape, and reduce awkward spaces. Bonding is a permanent solution to many of the mouth’s biggest problems.
In the past, patients with significant bone loss in the jaw, difficulty eating or speaking, and severe dental problems had no choice but to be fitted for removable dentures. The mini implant procedure hasn’t received much press, but it’s popular among cosmetic dentists who say it’s an affordable and reliable method of tooth restoration. This technique places small-diameter implants, which attach to the dentures to create a strong anchor for dentures, cemented crowns, or bridges. Patients enjoy added support that enables them to eat, speak, and laugh without worry. Best of all, the whole procedure can be done in less than one hour.
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