Like any other industry, dentistry is constantly evolving to keep up with current trends, create new ones, expand its patient base, and take advantage of exciting new developments in technology. While visiting a dentist may still not be near the top of most people’s to-do lists, the experience offers more comfort, options, and treatments than ever before. Let’s take a look at some of the top dental trends we expect to see over 2023-2024.
Investment in 3D Printing
The use of 3D printing technologies has exploded and is still growing, and the dental industry isn’t sitting this out. Low costs and relative ease of production are allowing dental practices to do their own 3D printing now rather than contract out for it. Some of the products practices can now produce on their own include dentures, dental models, surgical guides, dental crown substructures, and clear teeth aligners.
The pandemic gave a boost to the growth of teledentistry, and demand hasn’t subsided. No, nobody will be doing their own root canal, but many of the aspects of a regular dental checkup, even up to checking for cavities, can occur during a teledentistry appointment. Other benefits include better convenience, especially for patients living in rural areas, and more frequent checkups due to lower costs and, again, more convenience.
Dental lasers can sometimes replace the traditional dental drill and can help with removing cavities, repairing fillings, reshaping tissue, and speeding up tooth-whitening procedures. Some of the other benefits are pain reduction, faster post-op recovery, and a complete reduction of long-term bacteria.
Higher Demand for Natural Oral Hygiene Products
In recent years, consumer demand for organic or otherwise more eco-sensitive foods has grown and grown. The same is true with personal care products. More and more people want products that are clean, natural, and sustainable. The dental industry is well aware of this and now offers bamboo toothbrushes, herbal toothpaste and mouthwash, and oral probiotics and supplements. We only expect this trend to continue.
Many people who have health care don’t have a dental plan because it either isn’t offered or they don’t want to take on the extra cost. Many others have neither. And some that do struggle to find practices that accept the coverage they do have.
These people don’t end up paying out of pocket for dental care. Instead, they don’t get dental care. And that has bad long-term consequences.
Subscription-based coverage is what some practices are turning to in order to improve dental health and attract more patients. Individual plans vary by practice, but most offer an affordable annual or monthly rate that includes most or all routine cleanings and x-rays. Some will even cover fillings and minor surgical procedures.
During your regular visit to the dentist for a cleaning and checkup, the hygienist uses specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. This process is called scaling.
Like teledentistry, at-home scaling grew in popularity during the pandemic and is here to stay for a growing number of people. It’s easy to understand why: you can’t beat the convenience, and and it’s highly affordable because (1) you can do it as often as you like as opposed to going to a dentist the same number of times, which will almost certainly put you over what your plan covers, and (2) because there are safe and effective tools on the market now, like the Easy Home Ultrasonic Calculus Remover Dental Scaler from Healthy Livin’ Solutions, that cost far less than the tools your dentist has and for which you and your fellow patients are paying for through your premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
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