Cosmetic Dentistry

What is it?

Cosmetic dentistry differs from what some may consider “normal” dental work in that it is solely to improve the look of a persons teeth instead of the functionality. Normally, a cosmetic dentist will focus on improving the color, alignment, shape, and overall appearance of a patients teeth with the focal point of interest being the smile.

There has been some controversy surrounding the practice of Cosmetic Dentistry recently however, in that many dentists identify as “cosmetic dentists” regardless of what type of dental training they have. Of course this is to lure in clients, and is considered unethical by many in the industry.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

In terms of legitimate cosmetic dental practices, there are two types that are recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA).

The first is the practice of Prosthodontics which is defined by the ADA as: “the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.”

The second is a more widely known practice called Orthodontics, which deals with poor formations in the teeth and bite of a patient. Many school-aged children have gone to Orthodontists in their lifetime and received braces to correct their teeth, but few would know that the practice actually falls under the category of cosmetic dentistry.

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Effect on Self Confidence

The effect on a person after they have undergone successful cosmetic dentistry can actually be quite astounding, especially for high school aged kids. For those who have braces in high school, it can be a very hard time. The stigma associated with braces has lived in the halls of lower education institutions for years. Because of this, it is not unlikely that many kids with braces will face some level of bullying from their peers (or at least this was the case when I went to school). However, a persons smile is something that many consider to be the first thing they notice and when braces come off, the smile is definitely rejuvenated. This can have a profound effect on an individuals self esteem, in a very good way.


Breast Augmentation and Society

Why is breast augmentation surgery becoming so popular?

A quick look at how breast augmentation effects those in society.

Breast augmentation has become a very popular surgery in recent years. This may be attributed to the rise of sexual acceptance in America over the past decade, but some say it is caused by an underlying insecurity caused by the media and today’s female celebrity icons. In this post, we will examine the correlation between breast augmentation surgery and societal trends.

Cultural influences

Sex in culture has exploded over the past few years. In the 90’s, it was uncommon to find women in scantily clad clothes and showing skin. Now however, women are encouraged by the media and indeed the large majority of society to express themselves sexually by showing more skin and wearing what they want. As a result of this, girls now see beautiful women plastered all over TV, magazines, and even in their peer groups with stereotypical “beautiful qualities” such as big breasts, round faces, long hair, and barely any clothing. This in turn makes women who lack these socially perpetuated features to desire them, which has inevitably led to insecurity and a need to change. Pamela Anderson (pictured below) was a major sex icon in the late 90s through early 2000’s and was characterized primarily by her large breasts.

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Effect on society

The rise in breast augmentation surgery can be directly attributed to this societal shift, as women strive to have large breasts and stereotypically perfect features. This in turn can be linked to the media and the portrayal of female icons and status figures who all share some of the same qualities (large breasts included). Furthermore, beauty magazines, female celebrities, and the female culture in general has become obsessed with looks and cosmetic appearance, leading to the younger generations of women to believe this is how they should look as well, and further perpetuating the cycle.