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Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is an art-form that can be used to craft gorgeous looking smiles using devices like veneers, implants and dental bonding. Once upon a time, patients paid dentists big money to get flawless looking teeth. However now, getting less than perfect teeth is a worldwide phenomena.

Cosmetic dentistry is the part of dentistry that solely deals with how teeth look. The American Dental Association does not acknowledge cosmetic dentistry as a specialty in order to ensure that dental health comes first. Plus, there is no such thing as a “board certified cosmetic dentist”. As a result, most dentists (including general dentists and oral surgeons) are well skilled at performing the craft and worldwide, many of them are seeing an increase in patients requesting vampire styled canine teeth, professionally crafted diastema and other unusual tooth modifications.

Vampire-Like Cuspids Don’t Suck in Japan

In America, Vampire Chic is all the rage thanks to a hot entertainment trend. Typically the elongated canine teeth associated with the undead are used to reign terror or to display a sexual innuendo. However, in Japan the look of sharpened and long cuspids are actually the cosmetic dentistry choice of young, innocent girls indebted to a style called “Yaeba”.

According to The New York Times Yaeba translates into “double teeth,” and while it is also a rare medical condition, it is simply a look young women desire. The crooked teeth are believed to make a girl more approachable, more feline-like (which is part of the Japan beauty culture) and down to earth, unlike the perfect image typically used in the advertising, film, entertainment and fashion industries.

According to the source, “Plaisir Dental Salon” is one dental spa specializing in the cosmetic dentistry technique. In order to create that off-kilter smile, artificial teeth are adhered to a natural tooth underneath (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/fashion/in-japan-a-trend-to-make-straight-teeth-crooked-noticed.html?_r=1&;ref=fashion).

Diastema now Fashion Forward

Diastema is a dental condition marked by a separation or gap in between the two front teeth. While some individuals choose to wear dental braces to fix the condition, others inlcuding some famous Hollywood stars opt to keep their teeth less than perfect. It seems that the fashion industry is now incorporating the unique look into their work.

According the Wall Street Journal, the movement was started by fashion designer, David Delfin. Delfin first paid for cosmetic dentistry to artificially create the look in his own smile as a symbolic gesture regarding his feelings surrounding the death of his father (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703720004575478213601248720.html). Eventually, Delfin entitled his 2009 collection “Diastema,” to pay further homage to his dad.

Ironically, in the industry where perfection rules the roost, imperfections of all types (tattoos, piercings, etc.) have become all the rage. Now other fashion industry insiders have picked up his appreciation for the look and less than perfect teeth became a popular feature for high-fashion models working at the 2011 New York Fashion Week event. Again, this teeth trend is thought to be a backlash against the contemporary standard of beauty.

Flawed Dental Veneers

For decades dental veneers have been a popular type of cosmetic dentistry cosmetic choice. Initially veneers have been used as a way to hide imperfections in teeth and in many cases, looked perfectly flawless. Thanks to an evolution in tastes, the latest incarnation of dental veneers is the natural look.

The New York Times has reported that the cosmetic dentistry trend a bit more costly than typical dental veneers as only the skills of “master ceramist” (at around $1,600 to $2,500 per tooth) can make the hand-crafted fake teeth. The desire to look natural and authentic has fueled the trend in dentistry. (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/21/fashion/21SKIN.html).

Regardless of if you need to find a dentist to help get your dental health on track, or need a cosmetic dentist to implement some of the latest trends in cosmetic dentistry, 0900-DENTIST is here to help.

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