Every other year, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) releases its report “The State of the Cosmetic Dentistry Industry,” which assesses the results of surveys sent to hundreds of member dentists and other cosmetic dentists across the country to provide insight into the current trends in the industry.
When asked what are the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures in 2013, cosmetic dentists were allowed to select as many options as they wanted, and revealed that the following procedures were most commonly performed:
Dental crowns 74%
Dental bonding 64%
Porcelain veneers 41%
Teeth whitening 40%
Dental implants 38%
After this, popularity drops down quickly. There are good reasons why these procedures are popular, because they are powerful treatments that can alleviate most common complaints you may have about your smile.
Dental crowns represent a powerful and versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment. It be used to restore and protect a tooth weakened by decay, damaged by wear, or treated with a root canal. Essentially, it gives a tooth an entirely new visible surface, giving you an attractive new tooth, free from staining or fillings that might have made it look unattractive. It can even be used to reshape your teeth, making them taller or wider.
Dental bonding is a composite material that can be applied to your teeth to reshape them. Dental bonding is most commonly used to cover chips, reshape poorly formed teeth, and close gaps in your smile. Dental bonding has the advantage that it’s economical and can be completed in a single short visit, but it may not last as long or look as good as other options.
Porcelain veneers are somewhere between dental crowns and dental bonding. A thin facade of advanced ceramic material, when veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth, they can give you a new, attractive surface for your tooth, which means they can even cover discolored teeth. They can look natural, last for decades, and can give you an entirely new smile.
Teeth whitening is a procedure that chemically removes the stains that naturally accumulate on our teeth as we age–though they’re often hastened by eating dark-colored foods such as chocolate or drinking dark-colored beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and dark beers. When performed by or under the supervision of a dentist, teeth whitening is much more effective and safer than over-the-counter whiteners.
Dental implants are the remarkable technology that replaces your natural teeth with artificial teeth that look just as good and function just as well. A titanium root is placed in your jawbone and topped with an aesthetic ceramic crown that looks like natural tooth enamel, resulting in a replacement tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
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