Kenya has seen a rise in popularity for cosmetic dental treatments in recent years. Increasingly dental practitioners in Kenya have been receiving patients opting for elective dental procedures, which now account for “20 per cent of dentist’s practice.”
This new trend developing in cosmetic dentistry has been claimed by dental analysts to be the result of a movement in the expanding middle classes in terms of self-improvement which is increasing the demand for teeth enhancement.
Cosmetic dentistry has changed the way dentistry has been practised in Kenya. Initially, patients would only come in if they had to perform necessary procedures. Now they want high level cosmetic dental treatment,” said Dr Melvin D’Lima, a Nairobi dentist.
These developments are said to be a reaction to an increasingly competitive job market in the wake of the financial crisis in recent years. As such patients are requesting treatments that enable them to achieve youthful, healthy smiles with the aim of gaining an edge in today’s job market. Furthermore, these trends would suggest that cosmetic dentistry is beginning to appeal to a broader cross-section of the Kenyan population.