The Likely Future Of Cosmetic Dentistry
We won’t claim any special powers of clairvoyance, because frankly, we don’t have them. But looking at current trends, it is quite easy to predict the future trends, and that is what we will proceed to do, with regard to cosmetic dentistry.
Just for introduction’s sake, we could start by mentioning that cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that deals with ‘looks.’ We all know that the appearance of any given person’s teeth is one of the major elements (subconsciously) taken into consideration in determining how beautiful or otherwise we will rule that person to be. Indeed, although many of us don’t realize this, the truth of the matter is that a person’s teeth are amongst the very first things we assess about that person the moment we meet them.
From all that, it would follow that having good looking teeth would be key to being rated as being good looking. The problem is, of course, in the fact that not all of us – objectively speaking – have what can be termed as beautiful teeth. And even those who do tend to feel as if their teeth are not good looking enough (so that there is always considerable room for improvement). The case is usually that the teeth are either not white enough, not well aligned or in some cases, not all present. Cosmetic dentistry, then, is the field in dentistry that offers solutions to all the above.
So, what is the likely future of cosmetic dentistry, looking at current trends?
Well, for starters, it is very likely that the fortunes of cosmetic dentistry will keep on improving, as the world becomes ever more image conscious. An image conscious society is one in which a person image (looks) counts for very much: a society in which a person’s looks go a very long way in determining how well or badly the said person fares in life. And as the society continues in that direction (towards image consciousness), we can be certain that more and more people will feel the pressure to go for the services offered by cosmetic dentistry. We can be certain the among the ranks of those people will be some who would not have otherwise sought the said cosmetic dentistry services, but who will have to do due to the social pressure on them, and the desire for them to access the social and economic rewards that come with good looks in an image conscious society.
To feed the growing demand for cosmetic dentistry services, we can almost be sure that more and more dentistry students will be drawn to the specialty. In fact, that is a trend we are already observing. This is also the specialty ‘where the money is’ and seeing that most professionals are monetarily motivated nowadays, we can be sure of this trend.
In the future, cosmetic dentistry technology is likely to advance – perhaps to a point where none of the procedures in the specialty will be either inconveniencing or painful. That may also be the time when truly permanent teeth whitening can be achieved. That may also be the time when truly invisible teeth realigning devices would be available. That hi-tech future is certainly the point towards which cosmetic dentistry is headed.