Last month, after my dreaded half-yearly check up at the dentist, I came home with a smile on my face knowing I don’t have to go back for another six months. That’s me, the same person who happily goes, out of my own free will, to other clinics for treatments that are far more painful and expensive, and I kept wondering if that’s just me, or is dental care still something many of us link with fear and anxiety?
I decided to meet up with Dr. Jean-Paul Demajo at his dental clinic to see if women are starting to let go of old perceptions by integrating dental care in the increasingly popular cosmetic enhancement routine, along with botox, fillers and different types of surgery being done in the name of beauty – and if so, what are the latest trends apart from good old-fashion whitening – and how do we put an end to this common fear?
”First of all, the fear and anxiety is being passed on from parents to their children, whether it’s done intentionally or not, and unfortunately there’s still a long way to go in terms of education when it comes to dental care prevention rather than cure, which leads to the feeling of insecurity and tension”, says Dr. Demajo. He goes on to say that despite all that, women in particular are becoming more and more demanding when it comes to what they want.
”They want that Hollywood smile, they want their teeth perfectly shaped and they want it done fast, with minimal work done”.
So how do we retrieve this shiny, bright and perfect smile? Well, the next step up from buying a whitening kit off the shelves at the local pharmacy, is the increasingly popular trend of dental porcelain (also called ceramic, a porcelain used to create biocompatible lifelike crowns, bridges, and veneers) that makes people smile with such great confidence.
It can be done as full sets or on one or two teeth in need of improvement.
“Clients would show me a picture of a celebrity and say, ‘this is what I want’, and within a days work, that’s what you can achieve. There’s so much you can do nowadays to enhance your appearance, it’s all a matter of priorities, everyone wants that great smile” Dr.Demajo says.
However, he also points out that not everyone goes through this procedure for the simple reason of vanity, “there are just as many people who, for one reason or another, do not have fully functioning teeth or even full sets of teeth, who want to be able to eat properly, to be able to chew a piece of bread or a steak, like everyone else”.
Whatever the reason, be it for vanity or functionality, the possibility of creating that great set of teeth is there, and I have to say, before leaving the clinic I was already feeling more at ease as there is always a solution to everything, and in this case, treating your teeth with great care and respect is priority number one.
After that, like with all types of cosmetic enhancement, it’s all a matter of knowing what you want!