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Over the past decade, the cosmetic dentistry industry has seen phenomenal growth. Despite the numerous challenges that have been faced, the creation of new technologies have taken it to the next level.  This field of dentistry will continue to grow and become even more popular with patients as each new discovery makes great new cosmetic solutions available to them.

Patient Demographics

Who are the ones that have benefitted from cosmetic dentistry procedures? According to a recent survey that was conducted among cosmetic dentistry patients:

  • Of the sixty percent of the patients who benefited from this service, forty percent were male.
  • Eighty nine percent of those surveyed said that they carried out the procedures because they wanted to get a self-esteem boost and to improve their looks.
  • The age distribution was wide with fifty six percent of the people surveyed falling in the 31 to 60 age bracket.
  • The most common procedures were whitening, implants, crowns, bonding, bridges, orthodontics, and veneers.
  • Other reasons why patients underwent these treatments included special occasions such as weddings, health reasons, some wanted to feel as well as look much younger, others wanted to make their romantic relationship better, while others wanted to improve their chances of success in their careers.

Based on the information collected from the survey, it is quite evident that cosmetic dentistry will be here for a long time, especially given the fact that more and more people are availing themselves of it.

Improvements in Cosmetic Dentistry

The industry has seen several major improvements that have made seeing a cosmetic dentist a much better experience. For example:

  • Metals are no longer used. Instead, dentists have begun using ceramics that both perform and look better.
  • Cosmetic dentistry is now a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Specialists like orthodontists and periodontists are now involved in treatment planning.
  • Other materials in use today have proven to be a lot stronger even when thinly applied.

Dentistry Gone Digital

Computer-aided Design (CAD) and Computer-aided Manufacturing (CAM) have made cosmetic dentistry a much more accurate and efficient procedure, thus improving aesthetics. These computer software have given dentists the ability to digitally scan your dental formula before building your smile in a highly computerized lab. They are also able to show you a preview that will give you an idea of how you will look at the end of the procedure. Once you approve the new look, the cosmetic dentist will then perform the procedure of putting in your veneer or crown in order to achieve your perfect smile.

The current trends in cosmetic surgery are geared towards improving health, building self-esteem, and improving appearance.  With new technological developments, many more people are accessing these services at a decreased cost, with less pain, and with shorter treatment times.