Before: "Art in process." Molly in mixed dentition with orthodontic treatment begun.
After: "The finished work." Molly as a student at Texas A&M University (besides the fabulous smile, note the Corps of Cadets uniform).
Art ~ Expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, producing works that are beautiful, to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
What could be more beautiful than the gorgeous smile of someone you love?
Think of the emotional power that smile has!
Orthodontics is art in the truest sense. I love the definition above, “expressing the author’s imaginative or technical skill.” The author is the orthodontist.
The imaginative skill makes it possible to visualize the beautiful smile that hides behind the “wonky” teeth and bite.
Without a mind picture of what the smile could be, there is no goal. The big, bold goal of orthodontics is the most gorgeous smile possible. And, the technical skill used is the engineering!
So, once again, love and orthodontics. Without love there is no impetus for the imaginative picture of what the smile can be, and thus, they weave together, using the energy, motivation, and desire of the patient and of the orthodontist.
In the end, the art is beautiful and appreciated every time your smile is shared. Sharing your smile has been shown to reduce stress hormones - yours and theirs, increase health - yours and theirs, and enhance the mood hormones - yours and theirs!
Your smile shared, lowers your blood pressure, AND the blood pressure of the people who see your smile.
Talk about powerful and life-changing emotional power - a fabulous form of art!
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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