Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Learning about cosmetic dentistry

At Penn we’re required to take 4.5 credits of selective credit. That’s about 5-8 classes, usually in the evenings, on subjects you’re interested in. I decided to take Cosmetic and Esthetic Dentistry which started this week. An artist I met at Haslla this summer encouraged me to pay attention to beauty of things just as much as their function. “Beauty is how you make everything better”, he said. Because in many cases- especially so in dentistry- having the right function isn’t enough. It has to look beautiful too.

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Picture: Zac Efron circa High School Musical days

To focus on something as small as beauty seems counterintuitive.. because we learn about so many things that can go wrong in our body, the fact that something works is fascinating enough. In learning about the skull, I’m amazed that each one of us has every foramen, every process, every fossa in its right place. But it’s the little things like being .5 mm smaller or the right 2 degrees tilt that make a face “beautiful” or a smile look “horsey”.

Eight years and some dental work later… Even Nicole Kidman noticed. (Picture)

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In class we saw tons of Before & After pictures that are unbelievable. Our instructor pays special attention to color (its effect on perception of size/distance) and light/shadows (cast by other teeth and the lips) to make subtle but effective changes. I was amazed and impressed. But to think about the effect those transformations have on the patients whose lives are changed… it’s incredible.

Often times you can’t pinpoint the change except that the patient looks younger, prettier, or more confident. Also, after looking at all these pictures I’m very self-conscious about my own teeth (midline lined up? teeth gradually smaller, facing in the right angles, right height/width, perfect bite, shade and opacity…).

What do you notice about peoples’ smiles? Teeth???

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