Year : 2022 | Volume
: 25 | Issue : 2 | Page : 109-
Esthetic Dentistry – An Indian Perspective
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Terna Dental College, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Dr. Shishir Singh
305/306, St Annes Apartments, Off Palimala Road, Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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As we all know, India is one of the prehistoric civilizations existing to date and is an amalgamation of many cultures, castes, creeds, and religions. With such a diverse culture comes a wide range of perspectives on one's looks and beauty. This millennium has seen rapid growth in the field of one's looks, wherein the teeth play a significant role.
With growing advancements and awareness, the urge to look good and have a beautiful smile is gaining importance. Possessing a friendly genial, and cheerful demeanor is very important in the present era, whichever profession they may be. Western civilization, be it the Americans or Europeans, all practice esthetic dentistry in a certain way. India is not far behind and is emerging fast with a strong identity.
The type of smile the patients wish to have, differ from continent to continent, with each having its set protocols and predictable outcomes. India and its south Asian counterparts are a mix of many races and ethnicities, making standardization a challenge. While the westerners love to flaunt their smiles after an esthetic dentistry job, we Indians are the opposite and do not like to show off their newly done smiles and keep a low profile there.
What is noteworthy is that the Indians abroad do not like the esthetic dentistry jobs done there and most often opt to get the same done by an Indian dentist in India. Their inherent sense of beauty is much different than the west. They feel that the Indian dentist is the best person to understand their sense of esthetics. The same is true of the Indian who lives in India and is no more impressed to go for a western look but prefers an Indian look and an Indian smile.
The time has now come for esthetic dentistry to emerge in India on its own without any western influence. I strongly urge all our fellow specialists to get onto this wave and develop esthetic dentistry protocols for the Indians, whether in India or abroad. It is the need of the hour and needs immediate attention. The consensus statement with recommended clinical practice guidelines of esthetic dentistry for Indians is one such attempt in this direction. I urge our readers to go through the same and share their thoughts and experiences through short write-ups or short communications.