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Cosmetic Dentistry: On the Rise

Posted August 16, 2019

Dr. Jasmine Naderi

Cosmetic dentistry popularity is on the rise again. In fact, according to the results of a recent survey from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), 96 percent of U.S. laborers feel a beautiful smile is very or somewhat important to your appearance.

Psychology experts also suggest that nice smiles create trust, reduce stress, and helps us live a longer life. The only problem is, not everyone grows up with the ideal smile that they want. That’s where cosmetic dentistry from a reputable Houston Cosmetic Dentist can help.

The popularity of Cosmetic Dentistry Is on The Rise

Seeking cosmetic dentistry to create a beautiful smile seems to be on the rise. The 2011 Cosmetic Dentistry State of the Industry survey noted the interest in a smile makeover seemed to be evenly spread across all age groups. 

Of note is that participants who indicated their interest in cosmetic dentistry procedures were heavily influenced based on feedback from other dental patients who had a positive experience. This is referral based cosmetic dentistry, and it seems to also be on the rise.

When considering cosmetic dentistry, the primary concern cited by survey participants was appearance (97%). The result that they would achieve is their top priority. Not surprisingly, given what some people fear could go wrong under the right circumstances topped the list. Other concerns included: cost, and longevity of the results (79%), as well as pain and the integrity of the natural tooth.

The 2008 global recession took a toll on those seeking cosmetic dentistry in the United States, but since the improvements of economies across the country, cosmetic dentistry options also seem to be generating more interest amongst people.

History of Cosmetic Dentistry and Advances

Although teeth whitening, veneers, and dental implants are cutting-edge procedures in the modern age, some form of cosmetic dentistry has been practiced for hundreds of years. Some historians point it back to when the Etruscans constructed dentures made of Ivory bone from elephant tusks.  

Now almost anyone can have a natural-looking smile in a very short time using materials that are stronger and last longer than ever before. Additionally, many cosmetic dentists use technology such as diagnostic lasers, intraoral cameras, tomography digital x-rays, and computer smile imaging. The result is a look that more closely mimics a whiter, brighter, yet more natural-looking smile that fits best with the individual’s facial features, bone structure, and skin tone. These are the results that contemporary people are looking for in their cosmetic dentist.

However, along with these advances in cosmetic dentistry comes a more conservative approach to patient care. People are aware that many cosmetic procedures can involve reducing and grinding natural tooth structure.  

From esthetic restorations with less damage to the natural tooth to quicker office and recovery time, patients still want a beautiful smile, but without the sacrifice of their natural teeth. For many, that means procedures such as minimally invasive porcelain veneers using improved composite materials and adult orthodontics to help with spacing and crowding issues.

Invisalign is also on the rise, as people are realizing that they can have the smile of their dreams using simple clear aligners that can fix their smile in as little as 6 months. Using multiple trays, these clear aligners have provided countless numbers of people with the smile that they desire without sacrificing their natural tooth structures. 

In the end, it’s all about finding a cosmetic dentist who offers a beautiful new smile in an efficient and affordable way. The smile you want is within your fingertips. Your options have never been better. Speak to a highly-trained cosmetic dentist to find out what treatment path is best for you.

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