|Mini Smile Makeovers: A New World of Smile Possibilities|
|Written by Dr. Kelvin Mah|
A perfect smile without difficult procedures.
As someone who is fortunate to live and breathe the wonders of modern dentistry every day, I sometimes forget that the incredible possibilities of the profession, which are so well known to me, are still brand new to my patients. Of course, there’s an upside to this as well. In those special moments when my new patients are introduced to the promise and potential of modern dentistry, it’s as if a bright light suddenly enables them to see a world of new possibilities, hopes and dreams. To illustrate this, I’d like to introduce you to Candy.
Candy had a happy, healthy smile, but it was one that she felt could be better. Specifically, Candy’s smile had what’s called a diastema, which is the technical term for a gap between teeth. Plus, Candy, who has a beautiful two-year-old son at home, had recently re-entered the workforce full-time, and was ready to take her career in sales and marketing to the next level. She knew that being self-conscious about her smile would be a barrier between her and her clients – and, therefore, be an obstacle to her professional success.
Like so many people, Candy had long believed the only options for her were months of wearing braces or undergoing major invasive dental surgery that would require weeks of healing and several appointments. To her, these weren’t worthwhile options at all. When Candy came to Smile City Square Dental in search of a solution, you can imagine her surprise when I didn’t begin by talking about technical procedures or treatments. Instead, I asked her a very simple but profound question: What would it mean to you if you had the smile of your dreams?
Simply asking that question inspired Candy to imagine new opportunities for professional and personal growth and happiness, and I could clearly sense a qualitative shift in her confidence and energy levels, simply by imagining it! We began discussing options and looking at digital pictures that detailed treatments and outcomes. It wasn’t long before we decided that bonding would be the ideal way to correct Candy’s diastema. It would be safe, painless, effective and, best of all, would require only a single hour-long visit. As you might expect, this completely unexpected news created one of those special moments I referred to earlier – one where the transformative potential of modern dentistry comes to life. Candy could hardly believe that a problem she’d endured for years could be solved in such a simple, quick, inexpensive and painless manner.
When Candy arrived for her “mini smile makeover,” the first thing I did was carefully assess and measure the precise dimensions of her two front teeth. After all, I didn’t want to solve her diastema and create a disproportionate smile. Unfortunately, we sometimes see this when we come across someone who has a really great smile – the kind you see in glossy magazine – but it doesn’t fit together in harmony with the overall design contours of their jaw and face. As an artisan dentist, I’m always looking at how the elements combine to create the overall outcome, and that’s why this initial process with Candy was so important.
Once that process was complete, I carefully bonded composite resin to Candy’s teeth, using ultra-thin layers in order to seamlessly close the gap. I also used various shades of white, because I wanted the resin to look natural and blend perfectly with her teeth. I’ll never forget the look on Candy’s face when she saw her new smile for the first time – a mixture of amazement, awe and delight! Here’s what Candy had to say about her experience:
Dr. Mah was simply remarkable. He was so relaxing, friendly and supportive. He explained everything to me, and made the entire mini smile makeover procedure more comfortable than I possibly imagined. I honestly had no idea that fixing the gap in my smile could be so simple, and I was even more amazed that Dr. Mah could take care of it in a single visit. And today, as I juggle raising an energetic two-year-old and managing a career in sales and marketing, I feel more confident, energized, and I’m no longer self-conscious about my smile!
As Candy’s story illustrates, modern dentistry offers a range of mini smile makeover alternatives that are accessible, rapid, safe, inexpensive, painless and, most important, truly life-changing.
Just like Candy, many people suffer for years with diastema, ragged teeth, discolored teeth, tooth damage and other smile impairments because they believe the only solution is surgery or a major treatment consisting of several visits and high fees. However, a “mini smile makeover” can be a swift, comfortable and cost-effective way to dramatically enhance a smile. Below are some common examples of what’s possible:
Problem: A patient felt self-conscious about the worn edges of her upper front teeth.
Mini Smile Makeover Solution: I performed a combination of composite bonding and recontouring (reshaping) of her teeth’s biting edges, which restored symmetry, balance and harmony to her smile.
Problem: A patient felt unhappy with his dark teeth and chipped edges.
Mini Smile Makeover Solution: I performed a custom whitening treatment, then recontoured (reshaped) the edges. This resulted in a more youthful, softer, problem-free smile.
These are just some of the many Mini Smile Makeover stories that we write every day at Smile City Square Dental. Contact us at (604) 568-8158 or visit us at www.smilecitysquare.com to learn how we enrich lives, one smile at a time.