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Americans spend on cosmetic dentistry to keep smiles bright
Updated: 1/18/2010 7:00:35 PM

Americans spend on cosmetic dentistry to keep smiles bright A recent survey by the American Dental Association found that the majority of respondents ranked their smile as their most important physical feature.

In a similar study conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists (AACD), data revealed that most believe that their teeth may shape their chances of employment during the recession. A total of 74 percent of respondents said they thought an unattractive smile could hinder a person's chances for career success.

Despite the recent spike in popularity for cosmetic dentistry procedures, like teeth whitening, many people find that keeping their smiles bright can come at a high cost, according to New York dentist Dr Nancy Rosen, who recently appeared on CBS's The Early Show Saturday Edition.

The AACD estimates that Americans spend about $2.75 billion on cosmetic dentistry each year.

Rosen explained that teeth whitening has become the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure, as teeth become discolored due to age, smoking as well as drinking red wine, coffee, tea, dark soda, using soy sauce and eating berries.

Though the procedure may present a financial burden, discount dental plans can help reduce costs and keep smiles bright.

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