Most people will agree that having a healthy, attractive smile is important for a number of reasons. An American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey found that 99.7% of the adult participants agreed that it could make a difference in social settings. The results of this survey also showed that 74% of adults agreed that an unattractive smile could have a negative impact on them professionally.
Almost half of the United States’ population has claimed to be unhappy with the condition of their teeth. The main reason that 64% of the survey participants were unhappy was due to their teeth being discolored. Others, or 32% of the participants, stated that they were “concerned by the look of their teeth.” There are a variety of possible reasons for this, such as having a chipped tooth, crooked teeth, or missing teeth.
Professional teeth whitening procedures can make a difference with reducing or eliminating discoloration. When surveyed, 82.5% of the individuals that had an in-office whitening procedure stated that they noted a significant difference in the overall appearance of their teeth. In addition to providing a brighter smile, teeth cleaning procedures also clear away plaque that can build up and cause tooth decay and gum disease.
While approximately 15% of the individuals with missing teeth opt for dentures, a growing number of people are choosing to have dental implants. One of the main reasons for this is due to implants having the appearance, feel, and functionality of actual teeth. Currently, about three million people have had dental implants, and that number is increasing every year by 500,000. According to scientific literature, dental implants appear to have a 98% success rate.
When was the last time you visited a dentist for a comprehensive exam? If it has been a while since your last visit, it may be time for a thorough teeth cleaning. In case you have a chipped tooth, an abscess, or another dental issue, such as a possible cavity, it’s important to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. As you may be aware, postponing dental visits until an emergency occurs can affect your overall health.