Morphopsychology – a tongue twister?
The new craze sweeping the world of techno-savvy dentistry is DSD – Digital Smile Design. Pioneered by Christian Coachman, a dually qualified dentist and ceramist, this technology vastly improves the process and predictability of improving your smile. At Cherrybank, we are one of very few dentist/ceramist teams in the world who have been taught DSD and have implemented it into our processes.
And what is the title of this blog all about? Morphopsychology has been understood in the world of art and architecture for centuries. Certain shapes elicit feelings in us as human beings. These feelings are instinctive and cross cultural boundaries.
For example, a square, angular building will appear strong. A rounded, curved building appears softer. The same applies to teeth and so by changing the shapes of teeth in the smile, we can accentuate or soften certain aspects of our personalities.
Strong, dominant, angular front teeth can accentuate a strong, direct personality. Children’s teeth which are more uniform present a softer appearance. In this way, and utilising DSD we can experiment with how your teeth could look, and whether you want to accentuate or soften certain aspects of your personality.
When we are considering porcelain veneers, orthodontics (teeth straightening including invisible braces such as invisalign) or replacing missing teeth, we have an opportunity to redesign the end result.
Art is a visual expression. The smile is a visual characteristic. You should be proud of your smile, free to express your personality. Studies have also shown that if you are unhappy with your smile and so prevented from smiling freely – this may put you at greater risk from depression.
We welcome your thoughts, questions or comments on this topic below.
Last updated May 2nd, 2018