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New Technology Makes Dentist Visits Faster, Easier
2011 Cosmetic Dentistry Survey: Patient & Industry Trends
MADISON, Wis. (3/8/11) – It used to be that eating apples was just a great way to strengthen your teeth. Now more cosmetic dentists are using the Apple iPad and other technologies to make visits quicker and easier.
Sixty-three percent of cosmetic dentists say they expect their business to experience at least moderate growth in 2011 and technology is the number one game-changer predicted to help the industry grow, according to a new survey from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD).
Computing Your Way to a New Smile
New technologies are cutting down patient office time at least 50 percent, increasing patient safety, and making the whole dental process easier and more comfortable, the survey says. In 2011, dentists say there will be increased use of:
Fountain of Youth at the Dentist?
Brushing, flossing and regular care are still key ways for patients to have a younger looking mouth, but more dentists will be adding Botox to their offerings in 2011, the survey says.
“Cosmetic dentists are now using Botox and dermal filler treatments to improve patient smiles and reduce wrinkles in addition to treating problems like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders,” said Dr. Christopher Ramsey, AACD Accredited Member.
Top Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in 2011
As if smoking weren’t already bad for your health, it’s also the number one reason for teeth discoloration, AACD dentists say. Coffee, red wine, and medications also continue to be top offenders. It makes sense then that 77 percent of cosmetic dentists predict professional teeth whitening will be the top office procedure for 2011.
Cosmetic dentists say another major area of growth in 2011 will be dental implants, or replacement of missing or decayed teeth, due to the aging population.
“Tooth decay is a growing concern for older patients who are using more medications which lead to dry mouth,” said Dr. Ramsey. “More seniors are turning away from dentures and bridge work for a more comfortable and longer-lasting implant option.”
The survey notes other popular procedures include veneers (52%) replacement fillings (45%) and dental bonding (37%).
For a complete listing of AACD cosmetic dentists, go to www.aacd.com.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD) is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD) is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care.