What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
There is a real confusion in people’s minds regarding cosmetic dentistry. By definition, Dentistry is the art and science of restoring form, function and aesthetics of teeth and jaws. If a tooth form is incorrect, it will not function properly. Any restoration, be it a small filling or a veneer functions best if the form or shape of the tooth is correct. A form or shape of a tooth that is correct will be pleasing to the eye. Would you then say that all dentistry is cosmetic dentistry? At Mosman Dental Surgery we certainly think it is.
Human eyes can pick up shape discrepancies quite easily. If it’s a back tooth that you can’t see then the tongue and cheek will pick up a different shape very quickly.
This brings us to Fibonacci’s age old rule of the golden proportion. It is all around us in nature. This proportion has intrigued architects and engineers for centuries and it very well applies to dentistry.
If you see the illustration below the ratio of the proportion of the front tooth to the adjacent one is 1:0.618.
Generally speaking this might sound like some ridiculous jargon but if the teeth are not in the proportion any untrained eye can catch it.
Colour of teeth is given a lot of importance in the era of Hollywood smiles. But to let you in on a secret, making teeth white is the easiest job of all. The hard part is to get the form and contour correct.
Let us go through some examples of real life cosmetic dentistry.
Not everyone wants an extreme makeover. Small changes in the smile can make a big difference to the overall appearance.
This is an example of how gaps in teeth can be restored in keeping with the contour and shape of an ideal tooth. No drills, no needles and a procedure lasting under an hour could bring about these transformations.