|From Sky-High Flight Attendant to Stay-at-Home Mom: A New Mother’s Smile Story|
|Written by Dr. Kelvin Mah|
The fresh, sexy, youthful smile of her dreams.
One of the most interesting aspects of my job is that there isn’t one “type” of patient who ends up exploring and ultimately benefiting from the wonders of modern dentistry. Patients from all walks of life – from high-flying celebrities to new mothers – reach out to me to help them get the dream smile they’ve always wanted, whether they’re looking to make a picture-perfect splash on the red carpet, or cleaning up yet another baby-bottle splash on the living room carpet.
Speaking of flying high and cleaning up carpet messes... please meet Aidan! As a former flight attendant and new mother (I cannot begin to imagine which job has the more demanding clientele!), Aidan has always understood the importance of appearance. Looking and feeling her best was always critical to her professional success and personal sense of self.
Unfortunately and quite understandably, that sense of self diminished somewhat after giving birth. The rigours of being a stay-at-home mother left her feeling less than optimal on a physical, emotional and aesthetic level. While she didn’t quite know how to restore the balance she needed, she felt that after seven months of motherhood, it was time to take action. And that’s what brought her to Smile City Square Dental.
The most important part of the initial consultation was carefully listening to what Aidan wanted to achieve. Indeed, there are well over a dozen aesthetic parameters that must to be considered when evaluating and designing a smile. Aidan helped me understand that she wasn’t looking to do something really complicated or invasive. Rather, she wanted to do something that would make her feel (in her words) “sexy, vital and youthful.” Aiden and her husband both agreed that she deserved a “pick-me-up” as a reward for the physical, emotional and professional sacrifices that new motherhood compelled her to make – sacrifices that she certainly would make again in a heartbeat, but sacrifices, nevertheless.
I also noticed that, on a clinical level, while Aidan’s overall smile was by no means unsightly, there were some notable imperfections. She had white, frosty marks and stains between her teeth. The edges and corners also showed signs of wear and chipping. And her small teeth, while strong and healthy, were not in harmonious proportion to her face. After spending quality time to grasp Aidan’s motivations and incorporating my clinical analysis of her smile, I understood quite clearly the three things that I needed to do to achieve the “sexy, vital and youthful” smile she wanted: whitening, laser gum reshaping, and veneers. After explaining my recommendation and noting that it can be done in a very predictable manner, Aidan eagerly agreed and we were all set.
I began the treatment by whitening Aidan’s smile. I prescribed a customized whitening protocol in order to ensure a seamless, natural look and avoid those agonizing “hot spots” that many people experience with in-home whitening kits. Next, I used a special laser to subtly re-shape the gums, so that her relatively small teeth would align in proportion to her overall smile. Finally, after preparing and provisionalizing her teeth, I carefully bonded 10 extremely thin porcelain veneers to the front of her teeth, ensuring that I achieved the desired colour, shape and surface contour – especially around the edges, where she had some wear and chipping damage.
When the treatment was finished, I was once again amazed at the power of modern dentistry. It never ceases to amaze me when combining artisan skill with leading-edge technology can gently and rapidly transform how someone looks and feels so they see the world in a rejuvenated light. But you don’t need to take my word for it. Here’s what Aidan had to say when asked about her experience:
“After the birth of my amazing daughter, I started to feel that that there was something missing – I just didn’t feel or look as vital or youthful as I wanted. And besides, I wanted to reward myself a little. As a new mom, I’d been ‘living for two’ virtually every minute of every day for months, and I just wanted to do something small and exciting for myself. Nothing selfish, nothing major, just something special – and yes, something sexy, too!
Of course, I had no idea how to do this or even if it were possible – but that all changed when I spoke with Dr. Mah. Dr. Mah truly cared about what I was feeling, and what I hoped to achieve. He made the process effortless and enjoyable. Even his practice is something special – going there is like visiting family.
And now that I have the fresh, youthful, sexy smile that I always dreamed of, the only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner. I feel more confident. I know that I’m smiling more, and people are responding to me differently. They don’t exactly know what has change, because Dr. Mah’s artistry is so subtle and natural. But they can sense that something about me is more positive and dynamic.
Well, I suppose that my little secret is out – but that’s okay! I know there are countless new mothers out there who will read my story and use it as the motivation they need to give themselves the sexy and sophisticated pick-me-up they deserve!”