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A young actress expresses her appreciation of Aesthetic Dentistry skills and
especially sensitivity to artistry, creativity and to fear of dental treatment.
A special note for actors [and others]
Dentistry can have a powerful impact on your appearance. Subtle changes artistically performed can not only enhance the good looks of a smile, it can actually modify it in several ways. There are certain smiles that suggest masculinity and strength. Other smile characteristics suggest femininity and sensuality. Small changes can suggest more or less primitiveness and wildness. An easy characteristic to picture is slightly longer, more pointed "eye teeth" that can look a little more wild, suggestive of a tigress, or tiger.
Subtly accomplished they can un-consciously and attractively help conjure up notions of animal sexuality, or untamed natural wildness. Taken to extremes, of course, it would begin to look like a bad vampire movie! Teeth that have developed naturally shaped that way, on the other hand, could be easily reshaped to reduce these qualities and add to an appearance suggestions of friendliness, ease, civility, safety, tameness, softness...etc.
If your face is a little too long vertically, your teeth can help to reinforce that appearance, or they can help neutralize it by emphasizing the width. Sort of like if you were too tall and thin ( is that possible?) and wanted to de-emphasize it, you wouldn't wear a suit with vertical stripes, right? You might wear a plain outfit, or one with some horizontal theme instead. A shorter, thicker body type might benefit from emphasizing the vertical. Teeth can be restored many different ways, often dependent on the artistic sensitivity of the dentist! Length, width, coloring, surface texture, positioning, angulations, squareness or roundness all can be "tweaked" quite a bit to create different effects and still be within the boundaries of what will work functionally and esthetically. Gums can be reshaped - often easily and as a very simple and painless procedure - to modify the look of the smile.
Here's an example of a dramatic change that involved subtle changes to the teeth and simple gum reshaping:
Pretty Gums ?
To see more examples of before and after photos of my patients go to the Cosmetic Dentistry Photo Album listed on the Topics page.
Teeth, of course, are normally not an outfit [more about that in a minute]. Modifications - if they are to be attractive and credible - must be artistically created with an understanding of not only the dental health implications, but also the esthetic implications.
Sometimes... teeth can be like an outfit of clothes. In Hollywood, many of the old-time well-known greats wore full dentures. Clark Gable was reported to have had many different dentures, each with a different "look" for different dramatic roles.
Aside from a full set of dentures, however, it is possible to temporarily modify teeth to create or enhance a certain "look" for a theatrical role. "Hollywood veneers" have been made for movie studios often over the years. They are false "fronts" that snap on or are pasted onto natural teeth. They can have all sorts of subtle to extreme appearances. More extreme appearance changes include those made for Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy, giving him a suitably "grungy" look for a down and out street person with badly neglected teeth. You may not have consciously noticed it, but it gave his appearance a lot more credibility. A toothpaste-ad smile just wouldn't have worked the same way...
Another extreme example that you definitely did notice was for the James Bond character affectionately called Jaws, with his mouth full of menacing metal teeth. Of course we all know the black wax trick often used by Lucille Ball to look like a tooth was missing.
Usually, however, studio dentists have done more subtle things. I should also mention that it is important that appropriate materials and shaping be used for restoring teeth for stage, print, and screen personalities. The bright lights used in photographic, video, film, or stage lighting is different from ordinary lighting as you are probably well aware. They are not only a lot brighter, but they selectively highlight a different color spectrum than normal indoor lighting or sunlight. You are no doubt aware of how skin tones...and imperfections... can be accentuated in good and not so good ways by the lighting.
Teeth that are capped or veneered or just filled can fluoresce differently with such lighting. As a result restored teeth can appear darker than surrounding teeth, or the normal gaps between teeth can be accentuated so it looks like there are ugly spaces, or cavities there, whereas in normal light, they might look fine!
By using appropriate materials [dentists have many choices in materials to choose from] and appropriate shaping, the artificial restorations can look and act more normal under all lighting conditions. Some of the most commonly used materials do not act that way.
Michael C. Goldman, DDS
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
3815 East-West Highway
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815 Phone (301) 656-6171Cosmetic (Aesthetic) dentistry is about doing quality , esthetic dentistry in a way that looks natural to begin with, and furthermore, can even improve one's attractiveness through techniques such as bonding, bleaching, veneers, caps, implants and more. It can be like "instant orthodontics" in correcting crooked, twisted or misplaced teeth in many instances. Dark or misshapen teeth can be restored. Smiles that lack youthful vigor or beauty can be revitalized! See Topics / Info..
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Holism in dentistry is an approach to dental treatment, primarily caring for patients' health and safety from both a conventional as well as "alternative healthcare" point of view. It is sometimes called "biological" dentistry or "biocompatible" dentistry. In it's fullest sense, I believe it acknowledges and deals with the mind, body and spirit of the patient, not just his or her "teeth". See Topics / Info.....
Bleaching, veneers, bonding, caps, bridges, and implants are cosmetic dentistry treatments that are also discussed in Cosmetic Dentistry, and more... 'Hope this has been helpful ! Let me know.