TIts not the season, the longest waiting list for a Birkin bag, Dyson fan or iPhone 14. To make an appointment with a dentist. So the fashion industry encourages us to start wearing clothes.
Crisp single-button lab coats with sharp feathers opened the summer catwalks at Balmain, Courages, and were a key look for the late designer Issey Miyake. Neon Perspex glasses, designed to protect the eyes from splashing water or flying tartar, are eerily similar to the oversized acetate sunglasses on Versace and Kanye West’s Yeezy Gap collaboration. Even white Dansko clogs, the choice of NHS footwear, has competition in a new line of industry-approved polyurethane “Super Birki” Birkenstock closures that are regularly sold among non-NHS workers.
But it was the dental term “teeth grinding” that planted the seed. Popping up on TikTok, as these things often do, has become a trademark of new designers such as Nancy Dojaka and Supriya Lele, in the form of dresses, swimsuits and pants carefully woven with ties – or “floss” -. Actresses Julia Fox, Zendaya and half the cast of Love Island wear them.
There are sites dedicated to rating the “appearance of teeth”. According to Nurse.org, Fig is the top brand for diapers, and YouTube offers hundreds of tutorials for “reviews.” Actual fig sales and the more expensive Italian brand Pastelli will be absent, but white roughs will remain Pastelli’s top seller.
He enjoys selecting fashionable uniforms and reselling them to us, often at a profit. Over the past five years, the streets – and the highways – have urged us to dress for the great outdoors (hiking wear or Gorpicor as it’s known), the great indoors (think tech bros in expensive gray hats) or simply out of doors. – In the year In 2017, New York magazine said we all want to look like architects, and the British high street is no exception.
But in the midst of the NHS “dental desert” in England, is this trend simply a lack of value, dressing up for the treatment rather than the job you want?
Anjili Patel, a Derbyshire-based orthodontist and spokeswoman for the British Association of Orthodontists, said: “I’m not surprised at all and I think social media has helped spread this,” pointing to fellow dentists posting about “Jordanos”. On Instagram.
But really about [casualisation] The industry. What I wear to work has changed a lot. As in any workplace, uniforms are out and comfort is in. The things we wear are work-friendly but so wearable. Patel sees a lot of Crocs “and I was sure they were for the garden”.
Patel refers to pants with flared ends and a “Trucky B seller” that look like loungewear you might find in an arcade but come from uniform vendors like Cherokee. For sunglasses, the Juronda is the pro’s choice, even though they bear a striking resemblance to the sunglasses worn by musician Steve Lacy.
There are guidelines though. “The main concern is infection, so whatever dentists wear to practice, don’t wear it in public,” said Anshu Sod, an orthopedic specialist. “Clothes should be washable, the sleeves should be a little short so you don’t pull your sleeves up on the patient, but otherwise it’s very relaxed.”
As with most outrageous trends, the key is in the style. Dressed up from head to toe, you run the risk of looking too Halloween-y. Cherry pick certain elements — a lab coat or some white sheets — and no one will know you’re actually wearing clinical clothes. A white lab coat, in particular, “you can wear your own clothes underneath and just pop out and be someone else,” adds Sud. “You know, like Superman.
“Before the epidemic and definitely before it is called [current dental] “Crisis, people took dental care for granted, avoided it or stopped,” says Sud. “The NHS has inspired a unified clinical belief, especially given reputation,” she said, noting the concept of packaged knowledge or clothing influencing opinion. “Accordingly, we tried to look at the room.
“I think people appreciate our value now.”