Cosmetic dentists say they are seeing a rise in prescriptions from players and the general public.
The number of prescriptions from NFL players and fans doubled in the last two years to an average of 1,500 per day, according to a report released Wednesday by the NFL Players Association.
The number of cosmetic dentist visits from players, who account for about 8 percent of the NFL population, more than doubled from 1,000 in the past two years.
The study also showed that cosmetic dentologists are increasingly seeing players as an increasingly important source of demand for their services.
The study found that the majority of cosmetic dentist visits were for a tooth or skin condition that had not been diagnosed.
The most common condition included a cracked tooth or a skin lesion.
Dr. Andrew Gavigan, a professor of cosmetic surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the rise in cosmetic dentism is a direct result of players and their fans being more vocal about their issues.
The prevalence of cosmetic dental surgery has exploded in recent years and is expected to continue to increase in the future, Gavigans said.
He said the increase is due to the increased public awareness of cosmetic procedures and the media attention they receive.
Gavigans, who also heads the Cosmetic Dentistry Association, said he thinks the trend of players using cosmetic dentics will continue.
He said it’s important for cosmetic dentisters to have the opportunity to be a part of the growing cosmetic dent industry.
“They need to have an understanding of what they’re doing and be willing to accept that as part of a healthy cosmetic surgery practice,” Gavins said.
A spokesperson for the NFLPA, a union that represents players, declined to comment on the study.
The increase in cosmetic dental visits was also seen in New York, which has one of the highest rates of cosmetic surgeries in the country, according a 2014 study by the Cosmetic Surgeons Association of America.
New York was the top state for cosmetic surgery visits per capita among the 10 most populous states, followed by California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia.
New York was also the top market for cosmetic dental services in the United States, according the study, with more than 8,000 cosmetic denticare practices, followed closely by California with about 5,000 practices.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also reports that the number of U.s. veterans seeking cosmetic dentures has doubled in two years, from 7,000 to 20,000.
In New York City alone, more cosmetic dentontists were hired than any other dental office in the city last year, according in a study by consulting firm Dentons.
Gavanigan said cosmetic dentistas have to understand that cosmetic procedures are often more difficult than conventional procedures.
“It’s the most common procedure in the world, and that’s the reason we need to be so careful in everything we do,” he said.
“We need to make sure the cosmetic dentologist is educated on what’s going on, on what their options are, and then they’re able to make the best decision possible.”
The study, titled Cosmetic Dentists and the Public, was released as the NFL and the players’ union are in talks about an extension of the players union contract that expires in March 2020.
The extension would give the players a collective bargaining agreement extension through 2021 and allow the union to continue negotiating the extension and its benefits for players, including a salary increase.
The extension would allow the players to seek raises to compensate for the decreased value of their contracts.
Gavin is the co-founder of the New York-based Cosmetic Dentist Association.
He has worked as a cosmetic dentist in New Jersey for 20 years and has treated over 100 veterans and their families.
He believes cosmetic denties are important for helping veterans with chronic conditions such as arthritis, tooth decay and headaches.
“I do see the need for cosmetic teeth,” he told ABC News.
“It’s a really important tool for people who are dealing with chronic pain and they’re dealing with arthritis and all sorts of other issues.
I think cosmetic dentians are the perfect people to go to for that kind of treatment.”