AESTHETICS AND APPEARANCE

UNDERSTANDING BRINGS APPRECIATION

 

The top reason by far for booking a consultation with an orthodontist today is still aesthetics.

Numerous sociological and psychological studies have shown that feeling unattractive is a social disease!

But how can we define beauty and thereby allow ourselves to assess, judge and improve upon it?

Since the dawn of time itself, humanity has equated beauty with certain mathematical characteristics like proportionality, symmetry, balance or alternatively musical characteristics like harmony.

 

Today, even if those concepts are still valid, we tend to characterise beauty more as a relationship between: a perceiver and a source for there is no measure of beauty, other than a sense of awe and pleasurable surprise!

If there is no pleasure, we sink into routine and uniformity, which can only lead to boredom.

“The object of beauty” is therefore something or someone – a source (a landscape, a bouquet of flowers, a face, a smile, etc.) that provokes an immediate reaction, a feeling of pleasure, an aesthetic emotion felt by the observer – a perceiver.

The perceiver receiving signals from the source is the human eye which, connected to the brain, the sensitivity of which varies from one person to another depending on multiple factors, explains that beauty is both universal and personal

A beautiful face – as determined by the harmony of proportions, also expresses an idea, a feeling, a quality, something, anything that engages and interests the beholder.

Smiles – means of non-verbal communication par excellence – play an indisputable part in facial beauty, and when they are genuine and spontaneous, and the teeth revealed are beautifully straight, they express our emotions, our feelings, our passions.

Beauty is indeed, therefore, a RELATIONSHIP (much more than a mere “business” relationship), dynamic and surprising at all times, for it is a two-way process, a face-to-face, an interaction offering an infinite combination of possibilities. The desire for infinity cannot be rooted out of human nature.

 

That is Dr Palucha’s approach to the concept of aesthetics and beauty in relation to her patients.