Screen-shot-2011-09-07-at-7.11.04-AM-300x237The latest member poll from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) shows cosmetic dentistry procedures have increased significantly over the past 5 years. The rate of teeth whitening procedures increased 300%, while porcelain veneers increased 250% and direct bonding rose by 100%. At his New Jersey cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Peter Ciampi says he has seen a similar increase in cosmetic procedures, and stresses the importance of choosing a dental practice that provides a custom treatment plan when considering any form of a smile makeover.

According to the latest member poll from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), cosmetic dentistry procedures have substantially increased over the last five years; teeth whitening procedures alone have risen more than 300%. New Jersey cosmetic dentist Dr. Peter Ciampi says he has seen similar increases at his practice, along with an increase in reconstructive procedures such as dental implants in New Jersey. Regardless of the procedure, Dr. Ciampi stresses the importance of searching for a practice that provides individualized treatment plans to ensure each patient’s expectations are met.

Whether considering a single cosmetic dentistry procedure, or a combination of procedures to create a dramatic transformation with a smile makeover, Dr. Ciampi says he suggests verifying the dentist’s expertise and experience with a particular procedure. He says one way to do this is by ensuring they continually pursue the latest advancements in dental technology through continued education courses. He also recommends looking for a team of passionate dental care providers that are dedicated to each patient’s comfort and satisfaction. “When a dental practice, such as ours, has a caring and empathetic team, the patient benefits immensely. Their experience in the office is a positive one. This begins with the initial contact and continues during and after the visit.”

Dr. Ciampi says a smile makeover can instill an increased level of confidence in patients whom have been uncomfortable sharing their smile in past. He adds that choosing the right dentist for a patient’s own specific dental needs is crucial, not only to the success of the procedure, but also to the safety and satisfaction of the patient. “Treatment plans must be customized to the patient’s needs. Our practice does a complete work up to ensure a predictable, successful outcome in the final restorations be it veneers, crowns, bridges, or implants. A work up includes diagnostic study models of the patients mouth that mimic the movements of a patient’s mouth and allow to check their unique bite or occlusion. Managing the proper bite of the patient ensures that we have long-term successful restorations. The use of intra and extraoral photographs to analyze the patients smile enables us to determine the number of restorations required to achieve the patient’s desired smile.”

About Peter Ciampi, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Peter Ciampi earned his dental degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He then completed a general practice residency at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Ciampi has achieved Mastership status, which is the highest honor in the Academy of General Dentistry, and is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has also been named a Top Dentist by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

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