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"You need to understand the colour of a tooth"

Dental technician Inge Magne talks about dental aesthetics. After 30 years of working, teaching and researching in a range of countries, Inge Magne decided to move to Mallorca. Working closely with the joint practice Dentacare, she manages a dental laboratory which soon acquired a reputation as a centre of excellence for "high-end aesthetic work." D’life interviewed Inge Magne about her international work.

D’life: Your rooms look more like a miniature art gallery rather than a dental laboratory. The, light, colour scheme and design of the facilities is already a statement. What was your intention - what message were you looking to convey to your patients?

My life and work is all about clarity. Everything is dedicated to my minimalist style. Few colours, gentle shapes. This does not mean a paucity of stimulus, just simplicity and a concentration on the essentials. In professional terms, this means a clean, yet attractive light-flooded working environment. With only a very few objets d'art, these provide inspiration without dominating. People need space. This environment seeks to evince trust, respect and appreciation. I can only help a patient if I understand their needs. And thus we come full-circle. I need a calm and clear atmosphere which enables me to listen to my patients and interpret their words, emotions and body language.

How did you manage to make a name for yourself in a number of very different locations - Los Angles or Mallorca for example - within the shortest space of time? How is it possible to gain the trust of international stars such as Bruce Willis?

Vision, aims and stamina. I always set my sights high. Even if you need to make the odd compromise, you should always aim high. A further important ingredient is a clear vision of what it is that you want to do and how to get there. Paired with a good portion of courage and the ability to take the odd leap in the dark, you need to be able to take up the challenge of starting again in a new country., a foreign culture and working in a new language. It was never simple, but looking back, I wouldn't change anything. I have been contacted by a number of famous people. The majority of them are just like you and me. They are always grateful to find someone who is able to listen and fulfill their needs in terms of aesthetics.

Your international work and employment as a speaker means that you have a good understanding of local idiosyncrasies. What were the most significant differences in terms of dental restoration between America and Europe? What was the biggest professional change which you had to make after moving to the USA?

The biggest difference between the USA and Europe is the fast pace of life in America. They don't seem to realise the price they pay in terms of lost quality of life. My American customers were usually not prepared to wait for good quality work. We should view time as a friend and not our enemy. Returning to my European roots, I was able to settle back quickly into my old ways; even though I was not born in Spain, it is European.

How well do you need to know the patients in order to make a "personalised" dental reconstruction?

There are a number of different types of restoration. A single front tooth presents an entirely different challenge to a whole front or a complete set of dentures. In my opinion, it is essential that I meet the patient and find out their aesthetic needs. I listen to what they have to say, outline my aesthetic principles and present the parameters of the undertaking so that they can make an informed decision. After the colour design, the form is the most important of the restoration parameters - especially with front teeth - so that patients receive something in keeping with their personality.

How do you choose the colour to ensure that the ceramics used match the exact colour of the patient's teeth?

It is not possible to choose the colour of teeth, we need to understand them. To this end, I always seat my patients in the same location in my laboratory, to ensure that we work with the identical light quality and volume each time. My experience and training have shown that I only have a very short time in which to select the basic colour, after which I am no longer able to recognise the differences. I take the rest of the details and nuances from photographs. These are taken according to a strict sequence. The rest depends on one's skill and experience. The final result only becomes clear during the patient fitting.

What is the source of your passion and motivation?

I am passionate about my job. As soon as I wake up, and have a really interesting job to do, I can hardly wait to start work. A nice wax up or a ceramic veneer is like a work of art for me. I like to listen to music whilst working and mute my telephone, so that I can give my work my full attention. The best reward for my work is a beautiful smile. That says it all. I see in the eyes of my patients that they appreciate the experience, knowledge and passion which I invest in their teeth.

Many thanks for the interview!

Published by: rf/tk 04/16
Colour and form are the most important parameters in "personalised" dental reconstruction

Colour and form are the most important parameters in "personalised" dental reconstruction

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