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Theatrical Dentistry: Principles and Practice

Touyz ZGL*

McGill University, Faculty of Dentistry, Montreal PQ, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Touyz ZGL
Director and Professor
Periodontics McGill University
Faculty of Dentistry Montreal PQ, Canada
Tel: 514-398-7203
Fax: 514 938 8242
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: December 05, 2015 Accepted date: February 03, 2016 Published date: February 06, 2016

Citation: Touyz ZGL (2016) Theatrical Dentistry: Principles and Practice. Cosmetol & Oro Facial Surg 2:106. doi:10.4172/jcofs.1000106

Copyright: © 2016 Touyz ZGL. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Introduction: Esthetic dentistry (ED) emulates idealized natural form, demands no accommodation, is free of gratuitous decoration, is always in perfect use, is durable, permanent and in harmony with fault-free function. Cosmetic dentistry (CD) embraces some of these principles, but does not necessarily satisfy all. The acme of ED is pristine blemish free dentistry. The zenith of CD is theatrical dentistry (TD), which does not satisfy the therapeutic principles of esthetic dentistry in the short or long term. TD is essentially an appearance modification for visual effect, tolerates temporary dysfunction and may be realized through total mouth modification (ΣMM), with some influence on various functions.

Aim: This paper defines principles of TD and presents verbally visualizing concepts demonstrated by this partial formula:

ΣMM=ƒ{(A+.+) v (B-.-) v (CX.X) v (D÷.÷)}

TD is realized by ephemeral modifications through adding (A+.+), subtracting (B-.-), repeating (CX.X), or miscegenating (D÷.÷) component oral features. The ‘v’ represents the “inclusive or”. The full formula is presented and constructed in the text. Primary and secondary components are involved in TD.

Discussion: Using these, guiding principles for practicing TD by dentists and make-up artists are formulated. These principles are: Do no harm; Ensure continued health; Induce no pain; Minimize discomfort to subjective tolerable levels; and Appearance modification for visual effect is paramount. The main missionary intention of TD is not therapeutic, but rather image changing.

Conclusion: All TD procedures are short term, temporary, and fundamentally reversible. Long term form and function of the individual are not compromised.


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