There is no denying that cosmetic dentistry is one of the most attractive dental specializations these days. Competition for places in it tends to be stiff, in dental schools that allow their students a free hand at picking what to specialize in (which is pretty much all dental schools nowadays). To a person who got into dental school administration recently, this would seem all too natural. But to a person who has been in the system for any considerable period of time, this is in fact a very interesting trend because just a few years back, cosmetic dentistry was actually one the specialties that used to struggle to attract any specialists.
It may be a good idea, at this point, to mention something as to cosmetic dentistry is all about, for the benefit of those who may be encountering the term for the very first time. And as it turns out, cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that concerns itself with aesthetics, or dental appearances, as it were. Worth keeping in mind is that one of the first things that we tend to notice about a person, and one of the things that go a long way towards determining how a person is rated in terms of ‘looks’ is their teeth. Even if you are as handsome or as beautiful as what, as long as your teeth don’t look great, you tend to find yourself being considerably relegated, as far as the ‘cuteness’ ratings go. Conversely, even if you may not be that good looking in other respects, as long as your teeth look perfect, you find yourself already winning admirers, on account of your teeth alone. Yet, these are not just ‘cuteness’ matters that should only bother teenagers, but rather things that have been known to influence serious matters (such as job recruitments). This is where a person who keeps on missing out on jobs comes to realize that the reason they are being shunted aside has to do with their teeth. It may be a case of teeth coloring (in most places, good looking teeth are considered to be those that are pristine white) or it may also be a case of teeth misalignment. But it greatly affects how others perceive you, and they are the sorts of things that cosmetic dentistry can help with.
So, having seen what cosmetic dentistry is all about, it is time to go back to our exploration of the allure that the discipline has had in recent days.
And as it turns out, one of the greatest attractions in cosmetic dentistry (if we are to be honest) lies in the fact that this is the area in dentistry where the real money is, nowadays. We are living in an extremely image conscious society, where a person’s happiness and success depend a great deal on how they look – and for that reason, people are willing to pay a premium (to professionals like the cosmetic dentist), to help them look better. Even where the question of premium payments does not arise, there is no denying that the number of patients a cosmetic dentist is likely to be getting today is huge, so that the volumes make up for the margins.
But beyond monetary matters, there is also the fact that, in many people’s opinion, cosmetic dentistry is one of the areas in dentistry (and medicine at large) where the practitioner gets the opportunity to give her patients real happiness – almost literary. The people who approach the dentist are, at the deepest level, looking for happiness; and it is greatly satisfying when you can help them in that regard.