The year 2020 will go down in history as one of the most unexpected and impactful years most of us will ever see. On top of that, it is going to have a lasting impact on 2021 as we still try to work our way back to something that resembles pre-pandemic “normal.”
In other words, a lot of the changes made in 2020 are going to impact the trends in dentistry that we expect to see throughout 2021.
So, let’s get right into it and explore some of the changes, some of the developments, and some of the new things we expect to see this year.
2021 is the Year to Focus on Change
For whatever reason, more people than ever are deciding to take the plunge and get the cosmetic dental changes they’ve been considering for some time. Many other people are also taking the opportunity to correct some flaws in their teeth, gums, and jaw with a number of restorative procedures.
Maybe all the things that happened last year gave people a reason – and the time – to slow down and take a closer look at their dental situation.
And maybe many of them found a reason to want to make a change.
Whatever the reason, we’re already seeing more and more people take the opportunity to just go for it this year and take care of their dental concerns.
Some of the procedures are simple, while others are more involved, but the majority of the changes people are seeking involve:
Procedures like these are great for those who want to address some concerns and get a healthier, brighter smile. For those who need to correct some other, overriding issues, a full mouth rehabilitation may be the way to go.
Tech-savvy Patients Expecting Tech-Savvy Dentistry
Patients expect a lot of modern conveniences when they interact with their dentists these days. Whether it’s using a variety of online/social media strategies to market their office or making it easy to log in to pay a bill or set up an appointment, dental offices are striving to make the necessary changes.
Patients aren’t going to put up with any miscommunications, either, so offices have to use high-end software to manage the entire practice and ensure that any necessary information is ready at a moment’s notice.
Keeping in Touch with Patients
In previous years, keeping in touch with patients usually just involved a quick text or phone call to make sure they remember their appointment.
Things are changing, and telemedicine is becoming a very popular option. This allows dentists to provide some initial diagnoses, or renew prescriptions, or determine if there is a dental emergency that needs to be addressed in-office.
For patients who are searching for dental solutions that minimize contact, this is going to look better and better.
A More Natural Look
Do you remember that episode of “Friends” when Ross left the whitening solution on his teeth too long and ended up with absurdly white teeth?
It’s a funny little story, but there’s something about it that is reflected in the dental trends we’re seeing this year.
When your teeth are too white, it can look unnatural. And while no one wants to have yellowing, dingy teeth, people also want to avoid the overly perfect and patently fake look, too.
So, rather than going for teeth white enough to blind the casual onlooker, many patients are opting for a more natural look – one that highlights a healthy smile and not a fake one.
Finding New Ways to Cope with COVID-19
2020 caught everyone by surprise. No one could have predicted that this situation would occur all over the world, and it left every industry scrambling to find new ways to keep their businesses running and better ways to help their clients and customers feel safe.
While some places are people are making small steps toward returning to normal, and the vaccine developments are all very promising, there are still many people who don’t want to leave their house for any reason – including their dental care.
2021 will continue to see new developments in the dental office so patients can feel more comfortable and be safer.
This means certain procedures and processes will have to be instituted. While we’ve got a handle on that here at our office, we understand that many people still feel anxious about the current world-wide situation.
We don’t want you to put off your necessary dental care anymore than necessary, so be sure to ask us about our safety procedures, contactless payments, flexible scheduling, and more.
Get in On the Trends
Is this your year to make a change that will give you the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted?
We understand concerns related to the pandemic, but we’ve done everything we can to make you as safe as possible in our office. Contact us today to set up your next appointment with an outstanding Denver Dentist.