Cosmetic dentistry solutions improve oral health as well as the appearance and function of teeth and gums. In fact, a growing population of younger, middle-aged and older adults alike are driving market demand for cosmetic dentistry solutions. Learn more about the factors influencing demand for cosmetic dentistry and dental solutions available to restore stunning smiles.
1. A Growing Population of Older Adults
U.S. Census Bureau demographic data (U.S. Census Bureau 2018) projects for the first time in U.S. history, older adults could outnumber children by the year 2034. By 2035, the number of adults over age 65 will surpass the youth population. In fact, every day across the country, 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65. Age-Friendly Pittsburgh notes Southwestern Pennsylvania is likely to experience a 75% increase in people ages 85+ between 2030-2045.
The aging population in particular is affected by dental diseases associated with aging, including periodontitis. Triggered by dry mouth, gum disease can lead to dental decay, caries, and tooth loss. When left untreated, it can cause serious infection or damage to the jawbone and gum tissue that supports teeth.
Older adults are benefiting from advances in dental care to replace teeth lost to oral disease. According to an Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges report submitted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, cosmetic dentistry solutions including dental implants and dentures are rising in demand. These dental solutions improve quality of life, chewing efficiency, and bite force, and make healthy smiles look better.
2. Missing or Damaged Teeth
Dental decay, grinding teeth, and blunt trauma to the mouth are common causes of loose, missing, broken, or cracked teeth. When left untreated, these issues can complicate speech, chewing capabilities and lead to more serious oral health issues. An oral health assessment can help dental patients determine the best cosmetic dentistry solution for their needs, including:
- Crowns: Damaged teeth eligible for crowns will be reduced and reshaped for a customized crown fit. A model of the affected tooth and surrounding teeth will be made from a dental impression to create a permanent crown. The crown is cemented into place to restore the affected tooth to its proper shape to fit comfortably with surrounding teeth.
- Veneers: Custom-made caps applied to the front of a natural tooth using a dental adhesive. Veneers are used as a dental solution for gaps, crooked, or enamel-damaged teeth.
- Bridge: Anchored to adjacent teeth, a dental bridge can be removed or fixed depending on a patient’s individual needs and dentist recommendation. A dental bridge can improve bite and prevent face sagging or wrinkles associated with tooth loss.
- Dental Implants: An option for patients with severely damaged or decaying teeth. There are several types of dental implants available, including single-tooth, multiple, and all-on-four implants.
3. Rising Interest in Dental Appearance
An increasing number of younger and middle-aged adults are leaning toward cosmetic dentistry solutions including dental implants, veneers, and gum contouring to improve chewing capabilities and appearance. Colgate points to common cosmetic dentistry procedures and their restorative benefits. The global market for dental crowns and bridges is also expected to grow due to increased demand for cosmetic and preventative dentistry according to growth plus reports.
We offer cosmetic dental solutions to help dental patients achieve lasting smiles. Request an appointment online or call 1 (855) 4 NO FEARS today to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry options and financing available. We are conveniently located throughout the Pittsburgh area in Cranberry, Greentree, Greensburg, and Jennerstown.