Cosmetic dentistry is a fast-expanding field. According to a recent survey conducted by Grandview Research, it seems this trend is set to continue for the next several years. But who are the people seeking cosmetic treatments? And what secrets do they know about the power of an attractive smile?
According to research conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a majority, 30%, of those seeking cosmetic treatments are 55 or older. Those aged 20-35 comprise about 19% of cosmetic dentistry patients, with those 36-45 (24%) and 46-55 (27%) filling in the middle. Because cosmetic dentistry treatments are seldom covered by insurance, those seeking treatment are often older and more established economically. However, we offer many flexible payment plans to help ensure everyone who is interested in a perfect smile is provided an opportunity to achieve her goals. If you are interested in financing your procedure, we would be happy to discuss all of your options during your initial consultation.
Good Cosmetic Dentistry Candidates
The best candidates for cosmetic dentistry are people whose aesthetic imperfections prompt insecurity. This may be related to common cosmetic dental issues such as:
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Crooked, gapped, or unevenly sized teeth
- Severe tooth staining or yellowing
- Missing teeth
- Excessive gum tissue
Many cosmetic problems pose functional concerns as well. In these cases, certain aspects of your treatment may be covered by insurance. We will review this option along with all other payment options during your initial consultation.
If you are unhappy with your smile, no matter the reason, we encourage you to use the contact form on this page to get in touch with Dr. Makhoul and schedule your initial consultation at our Mission Viejo office.
The Power of Your Smile
Obvious cosmetic flaws that leave you hiding your smile are often easy to address, which makes ignoring them all the more problematic. In fact, the appearance of your smile is so important when it comes to first impressions, several job recruiting websites have devoted blogs to the issue of smile perfection. During interviews, during meetings with clients, during internal meetings, your smile has a direct impact on how people view you. Unfortunately, that impact can be tremendously negative when your smile is unbecoming.
It’s not just your work life that can benefit from a smile makeover. The National Institutes of Health has published research suggesting that an attractive smile increases trustworthiness and general facial attractiveness. This study and others, including one from Penn State, highlight the importance of an attractive smile when it comes to your social and romantic life as well. What’s more, a study from Sweden found that smiles are contagious. In fact, as reported in Psychology Today, smiling back at someone who smiles at you is an automatic response. If someone does not smile back at you, they are making a conscious effort not to.
Does your smile prompt a smile back? If not…
We Can Help
As mentioned previously on our blog, we offer a full range of cosmetic services that can be used alone or in combination to create a strong, straight, bright and brilliant smile. When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Makhoul will carefully evaluate your teeth and gums to help you determine which would best enhance your smile.
Options we office include tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and dental crowns. We also offer Invisalign® and are running a special through February for a free Invisalign consultation.
To schedule your cosmetic dentistry evaluation, please call Makhoul Dentistry at 949-596-0296 today. Dr. Makhoul serves Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, and all surrounding areas of California.