Aesthetically Enhanced Dentistry – Savage Beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…the origin of this saying first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek. It didn’t appear in its current form in print until the 19th century, but in the meantime there were various written forms that expressed much the same thought. In 1588, the English dramatist John Lyly, in his Euphues and his England, wrote: “…as neere is Fancie to Beautie, as the pricke to the Rose,as the stalke to the rynde,as the earth to the roote.”  Had to throw in an endo reference, it’s ingrained.

An Alexander McQueen retrospective is currently on display at the Met in NYC.  
His command of technical and tailoring skills were acquired as a youth in Saville Row and then perfected at the Givenchy ateliers. He learned to CONSTRUCT in order that he could DECONSTRUCT – an interesting description of what we do.  McQueen worked against the grain of modern fashion, like an outsider poking at the conventions of our times. His clothes were meticulously cut and embroidered in the age of Helmut Lang‘s minimalism-they were highly individualistic in the era of bland brand logo-mania.

Alexander McQueen (17 March 1969 - 11 February...

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By now, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “?????”  Imagine if we learned to develop aesthetic restorations based on silhouette forms, if our training truly as artisans and scientists of the dental discipline included a hands on awareness of ceramics; to my knowledge, not something included in undergraduate curricula en masse.  I wonder if the almost cookie cutter esthetic solutions parading all too often as bleached chiclets might not take on a more individualist age and visage dependent result suited to the patient, rather than the accepted/expected norm.  Rare to see composite restorations or Cerec restorations stained before I drill through them or for that matter after. 

I’d very much welcome a contribution to the blog by one of the many talented ceramists and laboratory professionals in Canada in whatever format they wish to structure laboratory featured content with regularity on MOUTHING OFF ……Please………

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