Townie® Poll

Does your practice include tooth whitening procedures?

Poll conducted from 1/7/2003 To 2/10/2003

Does your practice include tooth whitening procedures?
823 total votes
98%
Yes
2%
No
At this time next year do you estimate that the number of your professional tooth whitening procedures will increase, decrease, or remain about the same?
439 total votes
56%
Increase
7%
Decrease
37%
Remain about the same
Please select the statement that best describes tooth whitening treatments among patients in your office.
438 total votes
32%
Patients initiate tooth whitening discussions more often than we do.
26%
We initiate tooth whitening discussions more often than patients do.
41%
Discussions about tooth whitening occur equally between our patients and us.
On a scale from 1-10, 1 being never discussed, and 10 being discussed very frequently, please rate the frequency of discussions about over-the counter tooth whitening products with your patients.
435 total votes
1%
1
3%
10
8%
2
17%
3
14%
4
23%
5
12%
6
14%
7
7%
8
2%
9
After over-the-counter tooth whitening products are discussed, do patients appear to be:
426 total votes
17%
Very interested
71%
Somewhat interested
11%
Not at all interested
Please select the statement that best describes your patients’ frequency of use of over-the-counter tooth whitening products:
430 total votes
14%
Almost none of my patients have used them
73%
Some of my patients have used them
14%
Quite a few of my patients have used them
Among patients who have used over-the-counter tooth whitening products, would you say their experience been:
424 total votes
2%
Completely satisfactory?
45%
Somewhat satisfactory?
46%
Somewhat unsatisfactory?
8%
Completely unsatisfactory?
Among patients with whom tooth whitening has been discussed, and who have decided on a tooth whitening procedure, what percent do you estimate will decide on over-the-counter tooth whitening products as opposed to professional procedures?
427 total votes
38%
Under 10%
29%
11-25%
23%
26-50%
8%
51-75%
2%
More than 75%
Regarding the impact on your practice, is the advent of over-the-counter tooth whitening products:
426 total votes
4%
A very serious concern?
13%
A somewhat serious concern?
45%
A concern, but not a serious one?
39%
Not a concern at all?
On a scale from 1-10, 1 being very harmful, and 10 being not at all harmful, please rate the harm to patients’ oral health as a result of their decision to use over-the-counter tooth whitening product
424 total votes
3%
1
23%
10
5%
2
5%
3
6%
4
10%
5
4%
6
9%
7
17%
8
17%
9
Please select the statement that, in your opinion, best describes patient visits to your practice relative to their use of over-the-counter tooth whitening products. If over-the-counter tooth whitening use increases substantially, dental patient visit frequency will:
421 total votes
0%
Decrease substantially
6%
Decrease somewhat
70%
Remain about the same
20%
Increase somewhat
3%
Increase substantially
In the majority of your discussions with patients regarding tooth whitening options, do you:
406 total votes
20%
Recommend strongly against the use of over-the-counter tooth whitening products?
63%
Recommend that patients think seriously about over-the-counter tooth whitening products vs. professional products and procedures?
17%
Leave the decision up to the patients without comment?
Please select the category that includes your charge for a first time IN-OFFICE whitening procedure (dual arch).
377 total votes
13%
No charge
5%
Under $199
27%
$200-$399
39%
$400-$599
14%
$600-$799
2%
$800 and over
Please select the category that includes your charge for first time TAKE-HOME whitening trays and gel (dual arch).
418 total votes
2%
No charge
3%
Under $99
12%
$100-$199
36%
$200-$299
33%
$300-$399
14%
$400 and over
Please select the statement that most accurately describes your strategy for pricing a first time professional whitening procedure against over-the-counter tooth whitening products.
394 total votes
62%
I would not at all consider lowering my price for a first time tooth whitening procedure
19%
I would consider lowering my price for a first time tooth whitening procedure up to 10%
15%
I would consider lowering my price for a first time tooth whitening procedure up to 25%
3%
I would consider lowering my price for a first time tooth whitening procedure up to 50%
1%
I would consider lowering my price for a first time tooth whitening procedure more than 50%
Please select the statement that most accurately describes your strategy for pricing first time whitening trays and gel against over-the-counter tooth whitening products.
405 total votes
61%
I would not at all consider lowering my price for first time whitening trays and gel
17%
I would consider lowering my price for first time first time whitening trays and gel up to 10%
15%
I would consider lowering my price for first time first time whitening trays and gel up to 25%
5%
I would consider lowering my price for first time first time whitening trays and gel up to 50%
1%
I would consider lowering my price for first time first time whitening trays and gel more than 50%
On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being unsafe, and 10 being completely safe, please rate over-the counter tooth whitening products on their safety for use by patients.
403 total votes
1%
1
16%
10
3%
2
7%
3
6%
4
16%
5
5%
6
11%
7
15%
8
19%
9
On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being potentially very harmful, and 10 being potentially not at all harmful, please rate the potential harm to patients who elect to use over-the counter tooth whitening pro
389 total votes
1%
1
15%
10
4%
2
6%
3
7%
4
19%
5
5%
6
10%
7
15%
8
19%
9
Please select the statement that best describes the use of over-the-counter products on patients with periodontal disease and related problems:
400 total votes
5%
These products greatly exacerbate existing conditions
27%
These products somewhat exacerbate existing conditions
35%
These products do not exacerbate existing conditions
33%
Don’t know/not sure
Would you agree that the use of over-the-counter tooth whitening products diminishes the likelihood of patients seeking treatment for gum disease and similar problems?
397 total votes
5%
Completely agree
25%
Somewhat agree
25%
Somewhat disagree
30%
Completely disagree
15%
Don’t know/not sure
On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being poor, and 10 being excellent, please rate the overall whitening effectiveness of over-the counter tooth whitening products.
397 total votes
8%
1
0%
10
23%
2
31%
3
10%
4
16%
5
5%
6
5%
7
1%
8
1%
9
On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being high gum irritation, and 10 being no gum irritation, please rate the gum irritation from the use of over-the counter tooth whitening products.
386 total votes
3%
1
3%
10
7%
2
17%
3
13%
4
23%
5
8%
6
8%
7
11%
8
8%
9
On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being high tooth sensitivity, and 10 being no tooth sensitivity, please rate tooth sensitivity from the use of over-the counter tooth whitening products.
385 total votes
1%
1
4%
10
5%
2
12%
3
11%
4
29%
5
7%
6
8%
7
15%
8
8%
9
On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being very difficult to use, and 10 being very easy to use, please rate the ease of use of over-the counter tooth whitening products.
389 total votes
3%
1
4%
10
8%
2
17%
3
12%
4
20%
5
6%
6
8%
7
13%
8
8%
9
Please select how well you agree that most consumers of over-the-counter whitening products understand that pre-existing dental restorations will not be affected by use of over-the-counter tooth whitening products.
399 total votes
11%
Completely agree
22%
Somewhat agree
21%
Somewhat disagree
41%
Completely disagree
5%
Don’t know/not sure
Please select the statement that best describes your assessment of an ADA seal of approval for over-the-counter tooth whitening products.
401 total votes
38%
I am very much against an ADA seal of approval for over-the-counter tooth whitening products
47%
I am willing to listen to reasons for granting an ADA seal of approval for over-the-counter tooth whitening products
15%
I approve of granting an ADA seal of approval for over-the-counter tooth whitening products

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