Even in troubled economic times, there are certain areas that Americans refuse to skim on, and according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists one of those elements is on trips to the cosmetic dentist.
The survey showed that Americans spend roughly $2.75 billion each year on services provided by cosmetic dentists. This includes procedures to correct crooked or missing teeth such as braces or veneers along with less pressing treatments such as teeth whitening.
So why are people so concerned about the state of their smile? One reason is the correlation that people make between their smile and their chances for financial success. The survey showed that 74 percent of respondents believed that having an ugly smile could adversely impact a person’s chances at getting a job or being successful in their career. Discount dental plans can help people pay for treatment who otherwise would not be able to afford procedures like whitening or porcelain veneers.