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The Philosophy of Biomimetic Dentistry

The Philosophy of Biomimetic Dentistry

In a previous blog post, we defined biomimetic dentistry. If you have a minute, please go revisit that article. To recap, biomimetic dentistry encapsulates the phrase “less is more” or as the Academy of biomimetic dentistry phrased it “There is no dentistry like no dentistry.”

If you look at modern technology, design, and medicine, you will find a common theme: high tech simplicity. We’ve come along way from the Rube-Goldberg-machine-style machinations of Da Vinci’s inventions or the million moving parts of the Industrial Revolution. We’ve moved on from wooden teeth and creepy plague doctors. We now celebrate minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and other advanced medical procedures.

Modern designers and scientists are thinking of what’s utilitarian, sustainable, functional, and low-impact. Although our technology and understanding of science and medicine only continue to advance, it is usually better to try to mimic the elegant simplicity of nature rather than outsmart it.

Enter biomimetic dentistry.

Biomimetic dentistry attempts to forgo invasive procedures like root canals and crowns. In the name of low-impact innovation, this advancement in dentistry works with nature instead of against it, by using materials that more accurately simulate natural teeth. Like the difference between bulldozing a house and rebuilding vs simply repairing the roof, biomimetic dentistry is more economical, sustainable, and conservative.

Image used under creative commons license – commercial use (05/14/2014) Marina del Castell (Flickr)

The Perception of Healthy Smiles

The Perception of Healthy Smiles

Most people like to believe that we don’t judge books by their covers and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, a Kelton Perception Study shows that our inner cynical, ego-driven self is more prominent than most of us would like to admit. Perhaps it’s just an evolutionary adaption that causes us to be this way, but whatever the reason it is quite evident that those of us with nicer, straighter, and whiter teeth are perceived in a much more positive light overall.

You may be telling yourself as you subconsciously examine your teeth with your tongue, “There are plenty of other factors that are way more important than my teeth. This is silly.” You’re correct in assuming your intelligence, swanky accessories, and wicked guitar shredding abilities will go a long way to attract a potential mate or impress your coworkers. However, still 73% of Americans surveyed are more likely to trust a nice smile over a nice outfit, good job, or impressive car.

Not only will a crooked or unpleasant smile cause you to be trusted less by your peers, it can even cause you to be handicapped in your search for love. Thirty-eight percent of Americans would considered calling off the second date with someone because of their unattractive smile, that’s even more than the number who would ditch someone because they lived with their parents (23%)!

Let’s move on from these numbers and percentages. We all know that an attractive smile is important. So unless you’re going to be living as a hermit in the wilderness, you should probably pay a lot of attention to keeping your smile as pristine as possible. And even if you could care less how you are perceived, healthy teeth are an important part of a healthy life so you should still venture down from the mountains at least a couple times a year for your dental checkups!

Image used under creative commons license – commercial use (05/05/2014) Sean McGrath (Flickr)