The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) reports in a recent study that cosmetic dental procedures have increased significantly over the past five years, with teeth whitening showing a growth of over 300% and porcelain dental veneers increasing by 250%. According to another statistic by the AACD, 99.7% of Americans believe a smile is an important social asset and 75% feel an unattractive smile could potentially harm a person’s chance for employment success. Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Ann Haggard says as cosmetic dental procedures become increasingly popular and more emphasis is placed on one’s smile, choosing the right cosmetic dentistry practice is crucial for achieving the best results.
According to a recent statistic from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), teeth whitening procedures have increased by over 300%, porcelain veneers by over 200%, and direct bonding by 100% in the past five years. At her Houston cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Ann Haggard says she has seen similar growth in cosmetic procedures as the media continues to spotlight dental aesthetics. She also says as these procedures continue to increase in popularity, selecting a cosmetic dentist who is both experienced and dedicated to personalized care has never been more important.
Statistics from the AACD also report that 99.7% of Americans feel a smile is an important social asset, and 74% believe an unattractive smile could hurt a person’s chance for career success. Because of social pressure to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile, Dr. Haggard says many patients are opting for cosmetic procedures to boost their self-confidence. She suggests finding a cosmetic dentistry practice that focuses on providing individual attention in order to ensure that patients receive the best possible results for their unique dental needs.
Whether patients are seeking cosmetic enhancements like teeth whitening or a restorative procedure such as dental implants in Houston, Dr. Haggard recommends consulting with a dentist who is consistently pursuing continued education and who is active in the dental community. She also says dentists with extensive experience in cosmetic and restorative procedures can offer the most holistic and thorough treatment to patients seeking to enhance their smile. “Patients should select a dentist that can provide photos to display the work that they are capable of. I think that before and after photos are very important.”
About Dr. Ann E. Haggard
Dr. Ann Haggard graduated Cum Laude from Centenary College of Louisiana as a member of the pre-med honor society. She received her dental degree from Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry, during which time she belonged to the Delta Sigma Delta Professional Dental Fraternity. Dr. Haggard is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and several other professional organizations.
Located at 1015 Medical Center Blvd. Suite 1600 in Webster, TX, Dr. Haggard’s practice can be reached at (281) 667-4010 or contacted online via the website designerforsmiles.com or facebook.com/designersmilestexas.