July 1, 2006
by Luca Dalloca, DDS*
Since the beginning of life, human beings are constantly sourcing how to improve and valorize their appearance. It has been shown that when people are confident on their look they are more prone to have a positive attitude towards life and others and this often flows to social success. This individual primordial necessity it’s a topic not only confined to the strictly esthetic disciplines as esthetic medicine, plastic surgery, esthetic dentistry, make up, hair stylist etc., but goes beyond even in the dress fashion showing that it’s a 360 degrees study of the image.
Unfortunately, the exasperated need of the repeatability of the results has push most of the disciplines above, but mainly the one with scientific background, to search and to find rules and recipe that than develops to results that are always the same to themselves, stereotyped and symmetric (Hollywood look). These concepts are of no help to valorize the individual and his singularity because in nature such rules and symmetry do not exists. Very often, we find individuals well balanced and harmonic in their irregularity and asymmetry that in the whole they give anyway a very nice and attractive appearance. Where can we then find the answers to achieve the ability of valorizing an individual correcting only those elements that are in tension in a way to improve their appearance without changing their expression and individuality?
The answers are in the definition of esthetic itself “Esthetic is the discipline that has as an objective beauty and art”. Beauty, as San Tommaso D’Aquino said, “is something that when is seen is pleasant to the eye”, as a consequence these are subjective, cultural, historical and geographical factors; another definition of beauty even more explicative of the concept expressed before is “Beauty by being a product of the imagination and of the sensation cannot be an exact science” (Hegel). For the definition of art the task is a little more complex, but it can be synthetically simplified in the ability of making a composition harmonious and well balanced in the whole contest.
Some of the branches of esthetic have arrange their work in this direction as hair stylists, make up artists, fashion designers, while others and especially those with strong scientific background have unfortunately saw this aspect with awe. Instead of to delve into the concepts on the psychology of perception with consequent ability of judgment of the vision in the whole, they focused their attention in the exasperated search of rules in the details, favoring stereotyped results and failing in valorizing the beauty of each individual. The artistic view is the convincement that a whole cannot be obtained by adding small isolated parts. The most efficient demonstration of this concept can find confirmation in the composition of a music melody, an artist that is creating a melody does not add one note after the other, but first he has the intuition of the melody and then he decompose it into each single note. This ability must belong to anyone that is approaching the world of esthetic.
Any esthetic change must harmonize with the context of the person, correcting only those elements that are in conflict, without changing the personality and expression of the individual. For every person cannot exist only one solution, but a panoramic of these with which anyone can valorize his one aspect, and I emphasize, his one.
A great smile to everyone.
Dr. Dalloca received his dental degree from Tufts University Boston, and from the University of Pavia (Italy). He is trained in advanced education in prothodontics at U.C.L.A. He laso has a C.D.T. certificate from the dental technology institute in Orange California and from the school of Dental Technology Casati of Milan (Italy). He is Vice-President of the European Society of Esthetic Dentistry, and he belongs to the Oral Design group headed by Willy Geller.
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* This article was originally written in Italian.