What is Bioesthetic Dentistry?
Bioesthetic dentistry examines the relationship between the alignment and condition of your teeth, mouth, and jawbone with the beauty and function of the body. This is a big-picture approach to health-consciousness.
Dr. Robert L. Lee, the founder of this innovative approach to oral health, sums up Bioesthetics as:
“…the study or theory of the beauty of living things in their natural forms and function.”
Bioesthetic dentistry uses the Ideal Human Dentognathic Model as a basis for treatment. Dental professionals who use these principles aim at improving both function and beauty of a patient’s smile.
Bioesthetics utilizes a completely different philosophy than general dentistry. For example, there are several new terms you’re likely to encounter within the field of Bioesthetics. Here are some terms related to Bioesthetic dentistry that are important to know:
Bioesthetics considers the entire stomatognathic or chewing, system when planning treatment. In medical terms, this system includes the mouth, jaws, and closely associated structures such as the ears, nose, and throat.
MAGO stands for Maxillary Anterior Guided Orthotic. It’s a temporary splint that may be worn for a period of months. The goal with MAGO therapy is to realign the bite with the jaw position.
Faults in the chewing system -such as neck and shoulder pain, chipped and worn teeth, or constant jaw clenching – can cause other problems along the way. To Bioesthetic dentists, this situation is known as chewing disharmony. This subtle difference in lingo illustrates the completely different mindset of Bioesthetic dentistry.
What To Expect From Bioesthetic Dentistry
Many aspects of Bioesthetic treatment are similar to general dentistry. During your Bioesthetics cleaning session, you can expect x-rays, photographs and exams to determine jaw alignment.
If you have many crooked teeth in need of correction then a high degree of chewing disharmony exists, and an orthodontist may be required.
Often MAGO therapy will be a part of the procedure. This requires patients to wear a temporary splint for a period of up to 4-months. The result is a beautiful, properly aligned smile with no over or under bite and an optimal chewing system.
Advantages Of Bioesthetic Dentistry
Early Detection Of Pathology
Since Bioesthetic dentistry takes the entire chewing system into account, problems can be more easily detected. While general dentists focus on the specific complaints patients tell them about, Bioesthetic dentists look at the whole situation, well beyond what is occurring in the patient’s mouth. This deeper approach is one advantage of Bioesthetic dentistry.
Long Term Solution
Rather than just fixing a few teeth, Bioesthetic dentists strive to uncover the reason your system is misaligned. Whereas a general dentist may fix some symptoms you’re having and call it a day, a Bioesthetic dentist would see any oral problems as only one piece of the puzzle. Bioesthetic dentistry aims for a long term solution for patients.
Big Picture Approach
Instead of following a textbook process towards dental care, the Bioesthetic dentist seeks to achieve overall alignment, function, and beauty for their patients.
For example, you may see a general dentist to repair a cavity or broken tooth, and an oral surgeon for problem with you temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This would cause multiple visits to multiple doctors, each with their own treatment plan. A bioestethic dentist will consider all issues present in your chewing system to create a treatment plan capable of addressing all these problems in one office.