How Important are Dental Aesthetics and White Teeth?

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An Important Feature or Just Hype?

Our outer appearance is determined by many factors; our teeth have a crucial influence on our appearance!

In general, the importance of health, beauty, and wellness are rising in industrial countries. It’s interesting to note the divide in ideals: In southern Europe (Spain, Italy, Greece, etc.), gaps in the teeth are fairly common in rural populations. In fact, a person with a full set of teeth stands out because gaps in the teeth are normal. Although the urban population in these countries has fewer dental gaps than the rural population, there is still a lot less emphasis placed on aesthetics. Gold teeth, bad crowns, unaesthetic amalgam fillings, and/or poorly executed fillings made of plastic composites are the rule!

In northern European countries (Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany...), one will rarely find such methods of tooth restoration anymore. If they happen at all, it’s among individuals who can’t afford good restorations. The trend is clearly toward “white.” The color of the teeth plays a substantial role in the “charm” of our smile! Dental discolorations and dark teeth can be treated. It has long been known that full lips have an erotic appeal, but what good do “Angelina Jolie lips” do without beautifully radiant teeth?

In addition, more and more people are having their teeth beautified with dental jewelry. No drilling on the tooth is necessary; the desired stone is simply and painlessly fastened to the teeth with special glues. The removal of the dental jewelry is also unproblematic. Prerequisites for using dental jewelry are:

  • good dental hygiene;
  • if you have metals in the mouth (amalgam, gold inlays...), then the dental jewelry should be metal-free;
  • no dental jewelry should be mounted on defects of the dental enamel;
  • the teeth should be cavity-free.

The costs for dental jewelry vary depending on the stone; in cases of jewelry made of base metals, dentists charge between 30 EUR and 150 EUR for mounting. Glittery stones don’t require special care; normal oral hygiene is sufficient. Well mounted dental jewelry lasts for 1-2 years!

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A beautiful smile is no coincidence: It can be achieved through modern dentistry and “smile geometry!” If you feel that a face is likeable, this has a lot to do with the smile and the geometry of the human teeth. Unfortunately, artificial teeth are not always prepared according to these guidelines and thus, dental crowns often appear very unnatural. Teeth simply aren’t white! The most yellow tooth is the #3, and the #2 tooth is darker than the #1 tooth – more on that in the video "Color Balance". For most people, the smile line of the visible teeth is bounded on the bottom by the lower lip and runs into the gums somewhere between the fourth and fifth premolar in the upper jaw. Although one doesn’t see the posterior teeth, it’s not possible to have beautiful anterior teeth without having healthy teeth in the posterior region!

With regard to tooth discolorations, exogenous (external) discolorations should be differentiated from endogenous (“inside the tooth”) discolorations. Nowadays, both can be treated very well with various dental cosmetic procedures and with home and/or office bleaching. Modern bleaching affects dental enamel less than freshly squeezed citrus juices, but it can still be dangerous!

The dental bleaching itself is not dangerous; the hazards lie in the execution! Lamps and/or lasers are still used in office bleaching procedures; the patient is told that the light activates the bleaching gel, but this isn’t so. The lamps dry out the teeth, making the teeth appear lighter after the bleaching. However, the teeth will absorb moisture again in the first few days after the procedure and will darken again. Therefore, this “drying effect” is only temporary and may damage the teeth. Today, a modern office bleaching can be performed without any “light activation;” the lamps are just a sales trick! A conscientious dentist checks your fillings and perhaps performs a dental cleaning – then nothing stands in the way of a bright smile!

Dental bleaching with baking powder is not a solution and is harmful to your gums. The baking powder irritates the oral mucosa and the gums. Painful inflammation of the gums can result. A Hollywood smile with white teeth is possible, but you should only have this procedure done professionally so that the dental enamel is not damaged. In cases of very persistent discolorations, one can also apply veneers!

Veneers Berlin, Veneers Hamburg, Veneers Vienna: In Europe’s major cities, people are busy searching for ceramic jackets and looking up their costs on the web!

  • What’s so special about these ceramic jackets?
  • What do veneers cost?
  • Should a bleaching be done first?

Veneers are razor-thin, transparent ceramic jackets for the teeth and are similar to a contact lens. Veneers are glued to the surface of the teeth with special glue. They are used primarily on the anterior teeth. Veneers can be used to correct slight malocclusions, dental gaps, unsatisfactory tooth colors, and local discolorations.

Ein Veneer

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Veneers give the visible surfaces of the teeth an optimized look and also correct the color of individual teeth. There is an initial planning phase, called a wax-up, after which a bleaching is done in cases of very severe discolorations. Depending on the patient’s needs, either a thin layer (0.3 - 1.0 mm) of dental enamel is removed during the preparation or no enamel is removed at all. Whether drilling has to be performed depends on the tooth’s position, not on the thickness of the ceramic jackets.

Based on the enormous developments in materials engineering, it’s possible to produce razor-thin, unbreakable ceramics nowadays. That’s why veneers have become thinner and thinner. In principle, the term veneer, or non-prep veneer has nothing to do with the issue of whether the tooth needs to be cut or not; this is always used for advertising purposes in order to play into patients’ classic fear of the drill! But this is wrong, because whether drilling has to be performed doesn’t depend on the thickness of the ceramic jacket, but on the tooth’s position.

The costs of “ceramic jackets” vary considerably! One can get veneers for around 500 EUR a piece, but one can also find offers for around 1,500 EUR a piece. Please talk to your practitioner for details! Prices don’t have anything to do with the ceramic jackets as such, but more with the effort expended during the preparation phase: The wax up, the individual color selection with the dental technician, the bonding procedure, etc.

While we’re on the subject of artificial teeth costs, below are a few words about certain tenets.

Does the material chosen determine the price of artificial teeth? No!

The price margins of the materials used in the dental industry are very small; add low consumption to that and we’re talking about a few grams per crown. This doesn’t explain differences of up to several 100 Euros; anybody using this as an argument is not telling you the truth! Price differences are only a matter of aesthetics; there is a difference whether the dental technician prepares 10 crowns an hour or only one!

Are there differences among materials with regard to durability? No!

The durability of a crown doesn’t depend on the material, but on a tight marginal fit, which, in the end, depends on the precision of the dentist’s work. All materials utilized in the dental industry have a half-life that exceeds the average human lifetime by several times! Furthermore, all materials placed in the mouths of patients in industrialized countries are subject to strict regulations; otherwise they wouldn’t be allowed to be used.

Can you be allergic to dental crowns? No!

The dental crown is insulated from the stump of the tooth by a thin layer of cement. The outside, which faces the oral cavity, is usually made of ceramic. An allergic reaction requires immune cells! There are no immune cells in the tooth stump or in the cement gap; thus, an allergic reaction isn’t possible. Bleeding gums, a burning sensation in the mouth, and receding gums have nothing to do with allergies; leaking crown margins are generally the culprit, and these often lead to periodontitis!

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