Did you know that more than half of all cosmetic dentistry patients are now between the ages of 41 and 60? It used to be that cosmetic dentistry was more popular among younger people, with their best years ahead of them. For example, adolescents would get braces to correct overbites or crooked teeth, and many young adults would find a cosmetic dentist to whiten their teeth.
Well, times have changed, as cutting-edge technologies in dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and dental implants have made the top cosmetic dentists popular among people of all ages. Additionally, state-of-the-art invisible braces now make braces a viable option for adults who would, otherwise, be scared away by traditional styles of braces. Basically, no matter their ages, anyone can now have straight, white, gleaming teeth.
It’s somewhat shocking to think that periodontal disease is the most wide-spread disease in the United States, despite the fact that Americans have access to the best medical and dental care in the world. Unfortunately, nearly 20% of Americans still don’t have access to basic health care, let alone carry any decent dental insurance. As a result, too many of them skip regular dental cleanings to avoid the bills. Even though this saves money in the long run, its long-term effects will come back to haunt them.
The most obvious consequence of foregoing regular dental appointments is tooth decay, which becomes most apparent in tooth discoloration. As we all know, tooth yellowing can occur for other reasons than skimping on routine dental cleanings, such as genetics, consuming too much of certain foods, antibiotics, and aging.
In the event that a person experiences tooth discoloration, tooth decay, or tooth loss for any reason, dental implants or veneers could be the answer to their prayers. Porcelain veneers are realistic surface replacements for tooth chips or discoloration, and they can be completed in a little over an hour in the dentist’s chair. Dental implants are more invasive, and take considerably more time, but they will last a lifetime with proper care. On the other hand, veneers will probably need to be replaced within 10 years.
While it is always best for individuals to brush and floss regularly, and commit themselves to regular dental cleanings, it is good to know that there are more options on the table than ever. The bottom line is nobody has to suffer the negative social consequences of an unattractive smile, because today’s dentists are capable of near-miracles that have to be seen to be believed.
Did you know that, within the last five years, tooth whitening procedures and treatments have grown by more than 300%, and Americans spend an average of $1.4 billion on tooth whitening in any given year? Stained or yellowing teeth can cripple Americans’ self-esteem. Greater problems, including malocclusions, gaps, and missing teeth, can even lead to permanent health problems, such as irregular jaw relationships and premature tooth loss. What are some of the most common ways to correct the appearance and structure of teeth?
Traditional, metal braces use arch wire, bonding materials, ligature elastic, and a series of brackets to apply gentle and constant pressure to teeth. With time, this constant pressure shifts teeth into place. Americans are not, however, restricted to metal braces alone. The 22% of American adults wearing braces, for example, may opt for subtle and effective alternatives, such as clear aligners. Clear aligners, including the well-known Invisalign, also use pressure to correct teeth over time. Invisalign can also be conveniently removed and replaced before and after meals. Ask your insurance carrier whether they cover clear aligners, or whether they classify clear alternatives as a form of cosmetic dentistry, in order to get an accurate estimate of costs.
Just over six years ago, in 2006, 600,000 people chose veneers to improve their smiles. Since 2008, the use of dental veneers has increased by as much as 250%. Veneers typically fit over teeth, and provide a quick fix for gaps and missing or misshapen teeth. Some veneers, such as Lumineers, are especially thin and bright, and can be used as a fast means of permanently whitening teeth. Top cosmetic dentists and dental digital xrays can determine whether patients are well-suited for veneers.
A dazzling white and confident smile can be a valuable asset to bring into social situations. Cosmetic dentists and dental digital xrays can help determine whether patients would benefit most from traditional wire braces, clear aligners, or delicate veneers.
Just Launched – New Refer A Friend Contest !!!
We are thankful for all of you who have told friends and families about Kirkland Dentistry over the years. We love welcoming them into our practice!
In appreciation of your family and friend referrals to Kirkland Dentistry and to spread holiday cheer, we are announcing a fun new Refer-A-Friend Contest
Refer a new adult patient to Kirkland Dentistry for an initial exam and x-rays and…
+ You receive our gratitude and your choice of a $50 Gift Card
+ They receive a warm welcome and $100 Kirkland Dentistry Dental Dollars to be applied toward their dental account – Here’s the page to share… http://www.kirklanddentistry.net/100dollars
+ You get your choice of one of these GRAND PRIZES if you’re one of the top THREE referrers:
Prize 1: Sony HTCT260H Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer (or similar)
Prize 2: All new Kindle Paperwhite
Prize 3: A $200 Costco Gift Card – (or your choice of available gift cards)
So please feel free to give $100 in Kirkland Dentistry Dental Dollars to anyone you know to introduce them to Kirkland Dentistry. The contest runs through January 31, 2014, and there’s no limit to the number of $50 “thank you” gift cards you can receive.
We’ve created a webpage you can share: http://www.kirklanddentistry.net/100dollars
We will announce the Grand Prize winners on our Facebook page so be sure to click here and “Like” our page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kirkland-Dentistry/123975914319790
THANK YOU AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS! CHEERS!
Contest Terms: Contest starts on October 1st and runs through January 31, 2014. Grand Prizes will be awarded on February 14th. New patients are formally counted for the contest after being seen for their office appointment and must be seen by January 31, 2014 to be counted. Each new adult (>18 years old) patient referred and seen is counted as one referral and will receive their $100 Dental Dollars credited to their account after completing their first appointment. Dental Dollars are not transferrable between patients; will remain on-account until applied toward dental services and expire in if not used in 24 months; no cash refunds will be offered for Dental Dollars. There is no limit to the number of $50 gift cards a referrer can receive. You can choose from any gift card available in a $50 denomination. We’ll contact you following the appointment of the person you referred to get your gift card choice. Referring patients may choose $100 Dental Dollars in lieu of $50 Gift Card if preferred. Ties in the number of referrals for the top three Grand Prizes will be settled by a drawing.
A CareCap Patient Testimonial
Sometimes our patients need an affordable payment alternative for their dental work. We want to provide the best dental financing alternatives, so we’ve partnered with CareCap
Here’s an excerpt from an interview with our patient Janet Walker where she talks about dental financing with CareCap…
Several years ago Janet had a very unsatisfactory experience using a medical credit card, so when she needed assistance with monthly payments for this procedure she was looking for a very different alternative. Kirkland Dentistry had partnered with CareCap to provide monthly payment plans for their patients. When they suggested CareCap to Janet she decided to do her own research and chose CareCap.
What does she think of her experience with CareCap so far? Frankly, we were overwhelmed by her answer.
Janet said… “There’s a saying, He who serves, leads. I believe CareCap will lead the industry in healthcare monthly payment plans through their unique servicing model. Their approach is rooted in compassion and the result is affordable access to care that treats the patient with dignity and allows the doctor to be more successful. I hope CareCap has the satisfaction of knowing that they genuinely helped me by making it possible to get the care I needed. I am a big fan of CareCap!”
Read the full original interview on the CareCap website…
As modern dental researchers continue to develop more innovative technologies, more people are visiting their dentists for reasons other than standard dental exams. This is because recent dental breakthroughs are attracting older patients who are interested in improving the looks of their teeth. As a result, Americans now spend nearly $1.5 billion per year to whiten their teeth.
In past generations, cosmetic dentistry was primarily the domain of teens and young adults – in the form of braces. For older adults, cosmetic dentistry usually consisted of bridges, crowns, or dentures, all of which were more functional than aesthetic. Due to advances in cosmetic dentistry, however, almost anyone can have a straight, sparkling smile in less time and with minimal discomfort.
Most of us know that correcting misaligned teeth is necessary to prevent future dental problems. This is the reason that so many teens get braces almost immediately following the appearance of all their adult teeth. However, cosmetic dental technology has come a long way since the days when “tinsel teeth” was a commonly heard schoolyard refrain.
Among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures today are dental implants and dental veneers. Although there are a variety of ways to correct missing, crooked, or dingy teeth, porcelain veneers and implants are the most effective methods for restoring the natural-looking aesthetics of teeth that have been chipped, lost, or damaged.
When dental patients who are missing teeth decide that dental implants might be the right choice for them, their dentists will complete thorough dental exams to determine how to approach each individual case. Oftentimes, a dentist will work with an oral surgeon, who will permanently insert a titanium post into the jawbone via the vacant tooth pocket. At a later date, the dentist will place a customized porcelain crown atop the post to complete the implant. Dental implants are 99% successful and can last a lifetime, with proper care.
For patients who want to repair chipped teeth, dental veneers are fast and realistic-looking alternatives. Most dental veneers can be completed in less than an hour, and involve the dentist smoothing the tooth surface and using resin cement to bond a natural-looking porcelain veneer to the tooth. Unlike dental implants, porcelain veneers usually need to be replaced within 10 years.
Cosmetic dentistry patients spend an average of $5000 and $6000 dollars per procedure. However, most feel the aesthetic and social improvements are well worth the cost. No matter how your teeth look, today’s cosmetic dentists have the ideal solution for you.
This week I have a fun topic. This is a topic that I get asked about fairly regularly, and I have decided that it is about time I address it. So, without further ado, read on and have your questions answered.
Dear Dr. Dave,
I have been seeing signs for all of these “top cosmetic dentists” around my city and even in my dentist’s office. I do not know who or what these top cosmetic dentists could be, much less what they do. Not only that, but if I wanted to go to one, how do I find a cosmetic dentist that I can trust? If there are so many out there advertising their services, I definitely want to make sure I am choosing the right one.
Could you perhaps provide a little bit of an explanation as to what services these mysterious top cosmetic dentists offer, and point me in the right direction for finding the right one for me?
Thank you so much for your time and services,
Dear Ms. Scott,
Thanks so much for asking about this topic. As I mentioned earlier, you are certainly not the only one out there who is curious about cosmetic dentistry. Before we delve into cosmetics, let us quickly go over what it is that your standard dentist does.
Regular dentists are concerned with oral health and dental hygiene. Through procedures like dental cleanings, they focus on treatment, maintenance and prevention of your overall oral health. They know how important healthy teeth and gums are, because the state of your mouth can affect the health of your whole body.
Cosmetic dentists, while concerned about those things, do nothing to treat them. Instead, they are all about the aesthetics of your mouth. They can provide dental implants, and whitening solutions such as a peroxide solution or porcelain veneers. Their job is to give you that winning smile.
To find one amidst the sea of dozens, your best bet would be to consult your regular dentist. If he or she cannot provide you with the service that you desire, at least you can get a recommendation for someone who can. If you trust your dentist with your overall dental health, trust your dentist with the person to make it look good too.
I hope that answers your questions, Edna, and those of my other readers as well. Cosmetic dentistry continues to grow in popularity as the technology improves and the prices drop. So talk to your dentist, and see if you can benefit from these services too.
A recent survey showed that 90 percent of respondents believe that an attractive smile is a social asset. At the same time, people with healthy teeth, generally, display higher levels of confidence than those with dingy, crooked, or missing teeth. For those with less than perfect teeth, the cutting edge dental technologies of today can boost their confidence significantly.
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the last half century, and most procedures can be started and completed on the same day. Whitening, dental veneers, dental crowns, and contouring and reshaping are among the most common procedures that cosmetic dentists perform today. Among these procedures, the popularity of dental veneers is growing rapidly, as the number of dental veneer procedures has exploded by over 250% since 2008.
Today, a family dentist provides patients with dozens of dental veneers each week, and for good reason. Other than the smoothing of the tooth onto which a veneer will be adhered, dental veneers are non invasive, and, therefore, do not typically involve any drilling, cutting, or anesthesia. They can also be used for different purposes, which may be to repair chipped teeth, to correct notching, or to cover up discolored teeth.
Most of the time, a family dentist will use dental veneers on the outward facing surfaces of incisors. In doing so, a dentist will smooth out the surface of a tooth by grinding. Although “grinding” might sound unpleasant, this part of the process is actually quick and gentle. Once the surface of the tooth is smooth, the dentist will construct a porcelain or composite veneer for the tooth. When the veneer fits the tooth correctly, the dentist will permanently bond the veneer to the tooth, using a resin based cement.
Of course, there are other, more invasive procedures that are gaining popularity, as well. An ideal example would be the mini dental implant. While dental implants require anesthesia and the insertion of a titanium post, the results are usually worth it. This is because a finished dental implant is almost impossible to identify from a natural tooth, and the bonding that occurs between the titanium and bone is sturdy enough to last a lifetime.
While over 65% of cosmetic dentistry patients are female, people of all genders, ages, and backgrounds are continuing to choose cosmetic dentistry. The growing popularity of cosmetic surgery can probably be attributed to the fact that confidence is important for everyone, regardless of any of the above factors. The bottom line is that a family dentist has access to methods and procedures that can change your life for the better.
Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for people over the age of 35? On the bright side, in the majority of cases, gum disease can be either controlled or prevented. For this to happen, though, you need to visit a dentist for a professional dental cleaning.
For various reasons, 40% of adults do not visit the dentist at least once a year, the timeframe recommended by health professionals. Here are three ways a dental visit can benefit you.
1. Professional Dental Cleanings
A part of every routine dental exam is the process of cleaning your teeth. During the check up, a dental hygienist will polish your teeth, as well as clean off tartar and plaque buildup. You might even receive a fluoride treatment to prevent weak spots from forming in your enamel. Plaque is a colorless film that develops on teeth after sugars and starches are consumed. Plaque bacteria produce acids that eat through your teeth, causing permanent damage and tooth decay that will require expensive fillings. In other words, prevention is worth the price!
2. Dental Crowns
Did you know that more than 2.3 million crowns are made for patients every year? Crowns are a form of restoration. They are basically tooth “caps” that either encircle or completely cover a dental implant or tooth. They are needed when there is a large cavity, and they are bonded onto the tooth using dental cement. Crowns not only improve the appearance of the tooth, but they eliminate the ongoing risk of a developing cavity, and improve the strength of the tooth. Common materials include porcelain, gold and silver.
3. Dental Veneers
Have you ever wondered how celebrities get their perfect looking teeth? Many of them, in fact, have veneers. Veneers are thin, porcelain shells adhered to the surface of the tooth in order to improve its appearance. They can cover up everything from cracks to serious stains, and help to create a uniform and brighter looking smile. Although “chicklet” style veneers were popular in the 90s, today patients usually prefer veneers that have a more natural, if improved, appearance. Porcelain veneers are not cheap, though, and cost an average of $1,000 per tooth.
If all you need is whiter teeth, a dentist can apply a peroxide based solution to your teeth instead, and this only costs an average of $200.
What are your thoughts on these dental procedures?
We may think of cosmetic dentistry as a fairly recent development. Over time humans have become increasingly self conscious about appearances, and to prove it we only need look back at history. Scientists can look back to Mayan civilizations, where it has been proven that dental implants, embedded into jaw bones, were sometimes used.
Since then there have been great advances in dental technologies specific to cosmetic dentistry, especially in crown and veneer procedures. Bleaching and bonding have also improved over the years. Professional dental cleaning is, of course, your best defense against tooth damage and loss. But as we age we are more likely to experience issues. Not surprisingly, more than half of all cosmetic dentistry patients are between 41 and 60 years old.
Whatever your age, you can take comfort in the new ways that dental veneers and crowns are being handled by the top cosmetic dentists.
Veneers are a temporary solution for fractured or discolored teeth, typically lasting for 5 to 10 years before they must be replaced. However, advancements in bonding can increase the lifetime of veneers another 20 years when used effectively. A new, thinner porcelain veneer is now available, known as Lumineers. These veneers appear similar to actual tooth enamel because they are so thin, approximately 0.2 mm. They are also easier to apply and can therefore do less harm to your teeth than traditional veneers.
2. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns, also called caps, restore teeth to their original appearance if teeth have been broken, discolored, weakened, or misshapen. The latest technology advancement is specific to CEREC crowns. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and they are constructed with an innovative 3D CAD procedure which recreates a tooth out of ceramic in a small machine in the dental office. Usually CEREC crowns can be completed in one visit in about an hour.
How much a dental crown will cost depends on a number of factors including the beginning condition of your tooth, its location, local rates, and how much training and experience your dentist has. In cosmetic dentistry, the cost for a dental crown is not usually covered by insurance. Therefore, it is common for someone seeking dental work to spend nearly 5,000 or 6,000 dollars on their cosmetic procedures depending on the amount of work that is done.
When you find a cosmetic dentist, be sure to ask about CEREC crowns and Lumineers. Not all dentists can do them or will recommend them depending on their own experience and their level of comfort with new procedures. Please know that when you work with us at Kirkland Dentistry you can be confident we’re committed to staying current on the most recent, safest, and most effective high-tech advances in cosmetic dentistry.
A full three quarters of the population feel that their hopes for professional advancement hinge at least in part on the quality of their smile. In fact, within the last five years, there has been a huge 300 percent increase of teeth whitening procedures. If you are at all concerned about how your teeth and mouth look and feel, you may want to consider a Kirkland cosmetic dentist like Kirkland Dentistry who can administer a variety of procedures.
While the best family dentist can give you high quality, professional dental cleaning, top cosmetic dentists offer additional services such as bonding, bleaching, and the implementation of veneers and crowns. For example, if you are in need of a crown where your missing tooth once was, a mini dental implant made of titanium can be inserted in place of your tooth root and later used to support dental crowns.
An even more minimally invasive procedure would be the option of dental veneers, which are thin shells custom made for the patient and commonly used to either protect the integrity of the tooth surface or to simply improve the look of teeth that have lost their white color. They are often made of porcelain.
If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry procedures in general or suggestions on how to find the best family dentist in Kirkland, be sure to give us a call.