Dental aesthetics as a central theme
Is there a central theme for the work of an impassioned dentist, something like a motive for his work? If so, for Christian Bärenklau it is dental aesthetics. The ambitious objective of the team is: teeth should not only remain healthy, but also at the same time be beautiful in appearance and underline your personality. We also view all medical steps through the “spectacles” of a dental aesthete: what counts for us is not only conventional dentistry – we also bring about a good appearance of the teeth and therefore an added value to our service. However, a good appearance is a very individual concern. This is why a personal consultation with Christian Bärenklau is the first step before a makeover.
Steps we take in dental aesthetics
Often steps taken for prevention and in dental aesthetics overlap to a large extent. Professional tooth cleaning at the Bärenklau practice leads not only to fresh “great feeling teeth” but also eliminates damaging bacteria and therefore contributes to healthy teeth and gums. Using high quality 4Ever White Veneers, tooth displacement can not only be corrected, but flaws or fractures in the teeth can also be treated. The essential point is that Christian Bärenklau works in a minimally invasive manner, in other words handles your tooth substance as gently as possible. Further steps in dental aesthetics are, for instance, gentle bleaching or high quality dental restoration in view of aesthetic aspects.
Dental aesthetics: analysis is decisive
The dentist, Christian Bärenklau, handles each patient extensively before producing veneers. There are, of course, numerous criteria within this analysis – an important decision-making point is the white of the globe of the eye which is appears in different colour nuances in every person. Here, the tooth colour appears natural if it suits the colour shade of the apple of the eye. In relation to the tooth surface, what’s important for the dental aesthete is that inlays and veneers replicate the natural tooth surface as faithfully as possible. So that no difference to the “real” tooth can be seen.
The pursuit of beautiful teeth
The pursuit of truth and beauty is as old as humankind itself. There is evidence of the first dental treatments from the India of today dating back as early as 2800 BC. What is certain is that already at that time, pain and damage were an issue. However, even the Phoenicians knew about dental aesthetic measures already in ca. 1000 BC. Teeth that had fallen out were, for example, simply fastened to the neighbouring teeth using gold wire. If the tooth had been lost, recourse was had to “dental prostheses” from animals or the dead. The chewing function could not be improved in this way – but pronunciation could however and, above all, aesthetic impact.
Breakthrough in the 18th century
The 18th century brought about the final breakthrough in dental prostheses motivated by dental aesthetics. At the time, the first porcelain sets of teeth emerged. In 1785, the New York dentist John Greenwood introduced this type of dental prosthesis – with sweeping success. It was only later in the 19th century that the raw material, rubber, brought about affordable dental prostheses for the wide masses. The upper class naturally held to expensive and prestigious porcelain as a letter from the US President Theodore Roosevelt to his parents in 1902 attests: “After lunch, I went to the dentist and have now got rid of my incisor. The porcelain tip is due to be fired. I hope to receive it next Friday and until then I will avoid any society as I lisp when speaking and am a pure curiosity.” [Translated – not the original quote].
The Christian Bärenklau practice team has been engaged with the phenomenon of the smile for many years. It is surprising when you realise: smiling is a question of courage. However, it’s a fact of life that many people don’t trust themselves to smile – above all because of bad teeth. We want to bring back this smile with a free-of-charge smile consultation – above all for those who have good reason to smile, for example, young newlyweds or patients that have had a tooth makeover. An essential element of the smile consultation is relaxation – because a smile should appear as natural as possible. Of course, for those who are interested, there are various exercises for this which you can go over again at home in front of the mirror. And don’t forget: “smiling is healthy!”