The ceramic container at the flea market brought back lots of memories. Labeled as a choppers and specs holder, your 16 year old daughter had no idea what the lidded piece of ceramics was used for. You, however, had very vivid memories of your grandmother and her taking her teeth out at night. Designed to look like an older person’s smiling, but toothless, face, your grandmother kept her teeth on a shelf in the bathroom.
Once you and your cousins were tall enough to see as high as the bottom shelf were the teeth were stored, it was something that all of you tried to catch a glimpse of. Your grandmother, however, spent very few waking moments without her teeth. In fact, as she got older and realized that her health was more fragile, she kept her teeth on the table beside her bed. She never wanted to be caught without her teeth and once she knew that the grandkids were beyond the years when they were so curious it simply made more sense to keep her choppers close by. You stopped short of buying the rather strange curio from the flea market, but it is funny to think how many memories that one simple item brought back.
Dental Bridges and Tooth Reshaping Items Continue to Grow in Use and Popularity
From veneers to dental bridges, today’s dentists and orthodontists have a variety of techniques they can use to help their patients look their best. In a time when Americans are more and more concerned about their appearances it should come as no surprise that cosmetic dentistry continues to grow in popularity. Consider some of these facts and figures about how the cosmetic dentistry impacts that nation’s economy:
- 82.5% of people saw a noticeable difference after having their teeth whitened by a dentist.
- 90% of adults over the age of 20 suffer from some level of tooth decay.
- A mere 35% of adults have naturally well-aligned teeth.
- 99.7% of adults believe a healthy smile is socially important.
- $11 billion is the current value of the teeth whitening industry in America.
- Over 50% of the adult U.S. population surveyed over age 50 agree that a smile is the one physical feature that stays the most attractive as people age, according to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Whether you are a young adult who has never even heard about dentures before or you can remember your Grandma taking her choppers out and storing them for the evening, it is always a good thing to understand the advantages that dental bridges and other and cosmetic dentistry options can provide.