Townie® Poll

Cosmetic Dentistry

Poll conducted from 12/8/2006 To 1/2/2007

Do you think cosmetic dentistry should become a recognized specialty in dentistry?
855 total votes
26%
a. Yes
74%
b. No
How do you think cosmetic dentistry marketing is perceived by our patients?
510 total votes
53%
a. This is an introduction to a great service
12%
b. I didn’t know dentists could do that
16%
c. Supports the notion that dentistry is mostly elective
19%
d. Detracts from our position as a healing profession
What is your approximate fee for custom fitted whitening trays?
518 total votes
31%
a. $100-249
39%
b. $250-349
21%
c. $350-400
9%
d. $401+
Do you believe the current impression free approaches to bleaching will replace impressions and in office treatments?
519 total votes
27%
a. Yes
73%
b. No
When will tooth-colored restorations completely replace amalgam?
527 total votes
9%
a. In 2 years
11%
b. In 4 years
41%
c. In 6+ years
39%
d. Never
Do you use the term “cosmetic dentistry” in any of your marketing materials?
525 total votes
61%
a. Yes
39%
b. No
Which of the following is the biggest challenge to delivering quality cosmetic dentistry?
519 total votes
26%
a. Patient expectations
4%
b. Lack of quality CE courses
10%
c. Technique sensitive materials
60%
d. Patients cannot afford treatment
Patient expectations of what can be done with a dental “makeover” has become unrealistic.
523 total votes
56%
a. True
44%
b. False
In the future, I would like to see:
510 total votes
18%
a. More single-visit aesthetic indirect restorations
32%
b. Direct materials that are not technique sensitive
20%
c. Lab fabricated restorations on a quick turn-around
29%
d. Improved technologies for prevention
Will you consider CAD/CAM technology in your office?
514 total votes
14%
a. I already own this technology
8%
b. I will purchase it within three years
42%
c. I’m willing to consider a future purchase
36%
d. I’m more interested in lab-based CAD/CAM technologies

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