An increasing number of dental veneer patients have been forgoing extremely white and straight teeth for a more natural look, according to some dentists.
The New York Times reports that veneers are still popular in the U.S., with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry citing it as one of the top three cosmetic procedures performed.
However, there has been a trend toward patients requesting that their veneers contain subtle imperfections so they are not unnaturally uniform or symmetrical.
"In the beginning, people wanted teeth all white and straight," commented dental ceramicist Laura Kelly.
Currently, gradations of color and rounded corners are more in vogue, she said, adding that many patients want each of their teeth to be unique.
At the same time, Dr Jeff Golub-Evans told the publication that as many as one-third of his patients still request celebrity-style smiles, which suggests the desire for straight, white teeth is not dead.
Approximately $2.75 billion was spent on cosmetic dentistry procedures in the U.S. last year, according to the AACD.
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