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6 Facts about Cosmetic Dentistry

Beautiful young woman health teeth close up and charming smile. Isolated on green background, asian beauty

Beautiful young woman health teeth close up and charming smile. Isolated on green background, asian beauty

Cosmetic dentistry continues to grow in popularity, and the technologies and techniques we use continue to evolve to provide even better results. While some people think that it involves little more than teeth whitening and replacing lost teeth, there’s quite a bit more to it than that.

A beautiful smile has a huge impact on you and the people around you. So let’s take a look at a few facts about cosmetic dentistry – how it’s changed, how it impacts your smile, and how it’s perceived by people at large.

  1. Cosmetic Dentistry Goes Back a Long Way

The ancient Etruscans were making dentures with ivory and bone as far back as 700 B.C. At the time, it was also regular practice to take teeth from the dead or extract them from living donors and sell them for use in other people. The results weren’t exactly hygienic, though, and deteriorated quickly.

There is also evidence that people were making gold crowns and bridges as early as 200 A.D., while cultures like the ancient Egyptians would hammer seashells into their gums as teeth replacements. As far as whitening goes, the early romans used a toothpaste that contained urine as a major ingredient. Sounds weird, but urine does have ammonia in it, which can act as a whitening agent.

  1. Patients Often Don’t Ask About Their Options

Despite it’s growing popularity, many patients are often uncomfortable or unwilling to ask about various procedures. Surveys show that the majority of people are actually unhappy with their current smile, and yet it’s often the dentist that has to brings it up the subject of these procedures.

In fact, according to the latest survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, it’s the dentist that starts the cosmetic dental conversation 82% of the time.

  1. Whitening is the Most Requested Procedure

This is normally the most requested procedure because it’s what people know, and they know that it doesn’t take long to get immediate results.

Although, to be fair, this could be interpreted another way, because crowns, bridges and veneers are also common procedures, but they are often categorized as reconstructive rather than cosmetic.

  1. Cosmetic Dentistry is an Investment in the Future

As we grow older, a lot of our physical characteristics change. However, it doesn’t seem to matter how old you are, surveys have shown that a person’s smile will always have an impact on the first impression they make. No matter what else changes, survey participants said that it’s the smile that remains the most attractive.

  1. It’s an Art and a Science

While there are some cosmetic procedures that a general dentist can perform (veneers, whitening, etc.), in order to get the smile just right – to use all the tools available and really revitalize or remodel a smile – it’s going to take a little more than that. It requires continuing education and specialized training and an understanding of the aesthetics of a facial structure to make sure the results come out right.

  1. A Smile is a Powerful Thing

The overwhelming majority of people in the United States believe that a great smile is more important for a great first impression than any other characteristic (including hair, clothes, etc.) on top of that, other people rate smilers as more attractive, more fun, and more interesting.

Smiling can help you reduce stress, build better relationships, and even make other people feel happier. So ask yourself, is it time to talk about cosmetic dentistry with us?

 

Resources:

http://www.aacd.com/proxy/files/Publications%20and%20Resources/AACD%20State%20of%20the%20Cosmetic%20Dentistry%20Industry%202015.pdf

6 Comments

  1. Kody Loveless on August 30, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I really want to get my teeth done. I have several issues that need to be addressed. I like the idea that a cosmetic dentist has the tools and continuing education to get the job done right. I will have to look into where I can get my teeth done.

    • Monique Monique on September 12, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      We are available for patients 7:00 am – 7:00pm and Saturdays too. Fell free to contact our office.

  2. Jaque Christo on January 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you for the 6 facts about cosmetic dentistry. I definitely think that if you are unhappy with your smile, you might consider cosmetic dentistry. Feeling like you have a great smile, promotes confidence and makes you smile more and be less self-conscious. Cosmetic dentistry can be a great way to really boost your self-esteem.

  3. Bea Marie Shenectady on January 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I like that you talked about how a person’s smile can greatly impact the first impression that they make. My job involves talking with different clients to close business deals. It’s important for me to ensure that the clients I’m dealing with will find their impression with me positive for a great outcome. My goal is to ensure that my smile can make the people trust whatever I say about the deal I’m talking about, so it will make sense for me to ensure a great smile. I will make sure to consider visiting a cosmetic dentist for a teeth whitening procedure as soon as possible.

  4. Taylor Bishop on January 30, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks for the informative read about cosmetic dentistry. It’s kind of cool to read that crowns and bridges were being made as early as 200 AD. I’m kind of interested to learn more about this and how this procedure has changed over time.

  5. Latoya Anderson on March 3, 2018 at 5:06 am

    The best part of your blog for me is when you talked about how a person’s smile greatly impacts the first impression they make, so it’s important to maintain a great smile. My daughter wants to make sure that her attractive and bright smile is going to be maintained even if she ages because it’s her way to connect with other people. It will make sense for her to take care the way her smile looks as early as now by choosing cosmetic services that will benefit her for a long time. I will make sure to share your blog with her so she can consider seeing a cosmetic dentist. Thanks!

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