One of my most popular blog entries I've ever had was titled Top Trends In Dentistry For 2010 as many people are interested in reading about the latest in "anything dental". Not to be outdone this year, here is my annual "Dental Trends" article compiled from several experts on dental health and technology forecasting.
1. Smile Makeovers To Include Botox & Injectables
Expect to see an increase on the number of people visiting dentists to receive injections of dermal fillers and Botox as part of routine "smile makeovers". As experts in smile and facial esthetics, dentists are in a unique position to offer facial injectable fillers in order to provide patients with comprehensive anti-aging and rejuvenation procedures.
2. Educating Patients To Maximize Treatment Experience
Don't be surprised if your dentist texts or emails you remind you of your next appointment, or perhaps tell you of your need for one before your annual dental benefits expire. Better patient reminders, new mobile apps with helpful dental health information, and more conveniently scheduled and phased treatments to relieve financial burdens are among the patient-centered and technology-driven efforts to help you get the dentistry you need and want.
3. Better, Less Invasive Treatments For Sleep Disorders
Expect more people to seek out their dentist to resolve problems resulting from sleep apnea such as excessive snoring as dentists are increasingly able to treat this medical condition. Increasingly, dentists are playing a role in screening, diagnosing and treating snoring and sleep-disordered breathing using various oral appliances that are clinically proven, effective alternatives to expensive and cumbersome CPAP machines.
4. More Precision / Efficiency From Digital Dentistry
Dental treatments will become increasingly convenient and comfortable as more dentists incorporate digital devices and techniques in their procedures. Look for advances such as digital impressions that don't require traditional "slimmy" impression materials, in-office CAD/CAM equipment that lets dentists make metal-free crowns and other restorations during one same-day office visit, and digital radiography that produces less radiation exposure than traditional dental X-rays.
5. Improved Denture Esthetics, Stability & Comfort
Cosmetic smile makeovers are now a reality for both bull is younger and older patients as well. Thanks to more affordable and same-day implant procedures, as well as dentures made from materials that are as natural and beautiful looking as real teeth and gum tissue, dentists can offer a better variety of options to make eating, chewing, smiling and feeling comfortable with dentures easier than ever before - no matter what age a patient is.
6. Straighter Smiles In Six Months
Shorter-term orthodontics (i.e. six months or less) to help straighten out crooked teeth and improve patient's smiles will become increasingly available using both clear brackets and tooth colored wires for patients 15 years of age and up.
7. Stronger, Better (But Not Cheaper!) Implants
Sometimes known as "Implants Plus", more and more dentists are able to provide patients with titanium-based implants coated with high-tech materials that allow for faster healing and quicker attachment of permanent crowns, bridges and dentures. Naturally, these ultramodern dental products come at a premium price.
8. 'Puterized Periodontal Probing
Ultra new, digital probes and sensors that accurately record pocket measurements during visits with the hygienist, leading to early diagnosis of periodontal (gum) disease.
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