With the new year approaching, we decided to analyze some of this past year’s trends in dentistry and compare them to our office’s practice. With technology expanding rapidly, people have access to loads of information. From googling their symptoms to googling dentist reviews, patients research their options extensively. Technology has also had a revolutionary effect on the medical science of dentistry.

Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to identify decay, tumors, cysts, and extra teeth, as well as track the progress of previous procedures. Although generally considered safe, traditional X-rays briefly expose patients to radiation. New technologies now allow for digital X-rays, which reduce radiation exposure by up to 80 percent and produce instant, high-quality images.

There has also been a tremendous increase in the number of clinics now taking digital impressions. The use of digital impressions is highly effective when it comes to dental implants or veneers. Not only does this provide a more comfortable experience for patients, it also allows the impression files to be sent directly to the dental lab, reducing turnaround times. Using digital technology can reduce the number of remakes, giving far greater opportunity to analyze digital impressions while the patient is still in the chair.

When you visit the Beautiful Smiles of Long Island website, you’ll find coupons for special promotions on our services. Many of the promotional services are for cutting-edge dental procedures or consultations and some are for routine dental visits, like a free set of X-rays for new patients. An increasing number of patients do not have dental insurance or will require services not covered by their provider. The demand for treatments generally not covered by dental insurance, such as cosmetic dentistry and dental implants, is growing. With the healthcare system constantly changing, many patients’ coverage changes along with it. As a result, there is more emphasis on dentists providing a range of payment options for their patients and for ensuring people are aware of these options. Beautiful Smiles does offer payment plans and accepts all major credit cards.

Reviews, as well as price and payment, help dictate the office a patient chooses. Beautiful Smiles does specialize in treating especially nervous patients afraid of the dentist. Seeing one of the testimonials on our website, like the following, would help give the scared patient a piece of mind. “Dr.Zatcoff is so patient, and caring. I’m an adult chicken when it comes to the dentist, and he was able to treatment in a painless manner, we need more dentists like him. I would recommend him to all of my friends and family.”

More patients are looking to build a connection with their healthcare providers. They are more likely to go to someone who helps them truly understand their medical state clearly. A testimonial like the following expresses the clarity and understanding the office of Beautiful Smiles was able to give to the patient. “The procedure was thoroughly explained. Dentist and assistant were considerate of my comfort. Entire office is friendly and professional.”

In the New Year, be sure to make your health a priority! Check out our website for promotions and information. Stay informed about dental procedures and keep an eye out for our weekly blogs. Make an appointment with Beautiful Smiles of Long Island for your New Years resolution!