Teeth Whitening Tops Cosmetic Makeover Wishlists for 2010

For the thousands of Americans  considering plastic or cosmetic surgery in 2010, procedure such as tummy tucks, breast implants and Botox treatments are surprisingly lower on the list than teeth whitening.

According to Harris Interactive, a consumer polling agency, of the 2,227 U.S. adults surveyed, about 52% of adults would choose teeth whitening followed by tummy tuck surgery and liposuction.

The survey reports that 55% of men and 51% of women would be interested in teeth whitening procedures in 2010 if money were not an issue. 29% of adults surveyed would undergo a tummy tuck or liposuction, while 25% would sign up for hair removal treatments.

Other popular procedures that make the top ten list for 2010 include face lift surgery, laser skin treatment, hair replacement, cellulite treatment, breast implants and Botox injections.

Teeth whitening procedures are among the most affordable cosmetic enhancement procedures available and treatments are available at medical spas, cosmetic dentistry centers and even some spas and hair salons around the United States.

Today’s innovative treatments include the BriteSmile teeth whitening system and Zoom! teeth whitening procedures.

In-office procedures can cost about $1,000 for the complete treatment plan, while in-home treatments such as whitening strips, in-home tray bleaching and treatments at a kiosk can cost between $25 to $150 per session.  In-office procedures can be performed in under an hour, while at home whitening sessions can last between two to three hours depending on the system.

Dental insurance typically does not cover the cost of a teeth whitening procedure, which is why this treatment falls under the elective treatment category. Since teeth bleaching is a chemical process, the teeth do need to be in relatively healthy condition in order for the treatment to work. Many dentists require the patient to undergo an oral examination before the treatment can begin. In most cases, the teeth whitening treatment offers instant results.

Further Reading

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • Women who want to squeeze into their favorite pair of high heels but can’t find the perfect fit do have the option of undergoing cosmetic foot surgery. This procedure is designed to sculpt and shape the foot by lengthening or trimming the toes, and may also help to remove painful bunions and other growths that are causing pain around the feet and ankles.

  • If you need a quick mini-makeover for the holidays and New Year countdown, simple and affordable cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal and dermal fillers may be your best bets.

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