Two Ways to the same Goal: Lovely Teeth through Cosmetics or Aesthetics?

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Franz Kafka once said: "Whoever has the ability to recognise beauty will never get old."

One’s smile is as unique as its owner. A lovely smile is an invitation to our fellow man to get to know us. It is most unfair that Mother Nature hasn’t equipped all of us with beautiful, even, white teeth.

Do you smile or laugh only with your lips closed or behind your hand? This can be a thing of the past. You can smile and laugh happily, spontaneously, self-confidently and without any worries. By means of orthodontic treatment, veneers (ceramic stick-on shells) and/or ceramic crowns, ugly cavities, odd angles, dark and dull (after old root treatments) teeth can be done away with and exchanged for attractive and advantageous good looks – and it’s easier than you think! Bleaching in advance can improve the result further.

As we all know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in the same way in dentistry there are various definitions of beautiful teeth. The two most important movements are cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic dentistry.

The Difference between Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dentistry

The aim of aesthetic dentistry is to maintain the natural beauty of the dentition by replacing teeth.

People close to you shouldn’t be thinking „what lovely crowns those are“, rather, they should be captivated by your charming smile. Your crowns shouldn’t stick out at all but should rather only form a small part of the overall impression. The sum of the individual components, such as lip colour, lip shape, the shape of the gums, the geometry of the teeth and the teeth themselves when in perfectly matched harmony produce more than their total – i.e. an inviting smile.

Dental Aesthetics

Dental Aesthetics

Put it another way: Aesthetic dentistry isn’t about the ‚perfect‘smile but rather about natural beauty. Since teeth are not naturally brilliant white the replacement teeth (or tooth parts) are matched so carefully that the patient’s friends, family and acquaintances will not only find his/her smile healthy and attractive but they won’t be able to tell that it has been ‘helped’ by dental treatment.

Treatment isn’t limited to tooth replacement. Often, surgical corrections of the gums, orthodontic and/or surgical treatment of misaligned teeth or jaws are needed. Frequently all the dental specializations need to work together to produce a harmonious smile.

Cosmetic dentistry is about treatment which accentuates the natural beauty of your teeth and gums.

Nowadays there are many ways to improve and emphasize the colour of the teeth you show when you smile. Bleaching, for example can emphasize the entire “white good looks” and is particularly effective when you have full lips and small teeth. It helps you to make your teeth more visible without altering the geometry of your smile. Bleaching of the gums can help you to accentuate your gums if they’re prone to discolouration.

By means of dental jewellery you can guide attention to particular areas of your teeth. If a tooth is slightly askew, for example and the dental geometry is disturbed thereby, it is possible to attract attention to another area by attaching a piece of dental jewellery. Alternatively one could treat the problem with a bridge or a veneer.

By means of micro abrasion unseemly discolouration can be eliminated, even if it lies deep in the enamel, enabling us to achieve the ideal red-white contrast. Treatment here can also include non-dental jewellery, such as lip, tongue or cheek piercings, all of which can serve to individualize one’s smile.

There are indeed many ways to improve one’s smile but we should never forget that in reality a beautiful smile can only come from within.

Different Perceptions of Beautiful Teeth in Different Cultures

Beautiful Smile

Beautiful Smile

How do I find the right smile? It’s easy – just go by your gut-feeling. It’s what you like that counts and not what anybody else thinks. There is no universal definition of what beauty is so, as we said, your smile isn’t only defined by your teeth.

There are also big cultural differences. Asians regard a smile as attractive when a lot of gum is displayed, whilst Europeans and Americans would call such a smile a “Gummy Smile” and would rather try and avoid it. In some cultures gold front teeth are a status symbol whilst, in contrast, in others they are considered taboo.

What is important is that all the components of your smile fit together with each other. In the videos Red-White Aesthetics, Aesthetic Dentistry, Colour Guide and Dental Crowns we will show you the individual components which can make up a smile.

At the end of the day it’s your own smile and you are the one to decide what you want!

Can I do something on my own to improve my smile, or is this risky?

Yes you can! Regular good oral care and dental check ups are quite enough. Household materials like baking powder to clean the teeth with or other scouring substances can damage the teeth as the tooth surface is abraded to a greater or lesser extent by the material used and this can even lead to damage of the dental nerve.

Do-it-yourself bleaching products are quite good and usually safe when used but nonetheless they should only be made use of in consultation with your dentist. The used of do-it-yourself bleaching products can lead to problems with loose fillings and can also bring on damage to the dental nerve.

Incorrect use can also lead to irritation or burning of the gums or other complications and can quickly result in a dental disaster instead of the desired smile.

For this reason you should always consult your dentist about such treatments so that your smile doesn’t get in their way!

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