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The Jury Has Spoken: All in Favour for a Complete Smile Transformation!
Written by Dr. Kelvin Mah   

photo of Ken smilingI believe that each smile has its own personality. Think about it. When you look at a person’s smile, what does it tell you about them? Does a wide, full smile suggest that they’re more outgoing and confident than someone whose smile…well, just isn’t? By altering characteristics of specific teeth, we can alter our smile’s personality and change how the world perceives us.

Just recently, Ken came to me as a referral during a time of change in his life. Here’s what Ken had to say about his experience:

“I came to Dr. Mah during the course of a periodontal reconstruction, and therefore an integrative approach to my structural and cosmetic dental needs was very important to me. As a lawyer, I have to be able to smile (or bite as circumstances dictate). From my first appointment, Dr. Mah and his entire team brought a friendly and thoroughly professional approach, and the superior results have exceeded my expectations.”

As a lawyer practising in the area of high-conflict family law, Ken’s smile is seen not only by his clients, but by judges, opposing counsel and their clients, witnesses, experts, arbitrators and mediators! While court cases are most certainly decided through evidence and logic, charm can be just as essential for a winning verdict. If you’ve ever seen a courtroom drama, then you probably have an idea of the many persuasive tactics – albeit a little exaggerated for the film and television audience – used by lawyers in court cases.

As I chatted with Ken about one of his high conflict cases, I pictured him employing many of the same tactics used by lawyers in dozens of movies during pivotal courtroom scenes. Subliminally, the opinion of judges and jury members can be swayed or dissuaded, at least in part, by a lawyer’s appearance. If this is the case – forgive the too-easy pun – then Ken’s smile is the vanguard of his rhetorical offense.

Unfortunately, Ken’s smile was ailing, which was sure to affect his confidence in a career where high confidence is essential. He was referred to me by expert periodontist Dr. Tassos Irinakis – a dear, trusted friend and colleague of mine.

Ken was sent to Dr. Irinakis with a front tooth that had a fracture severe enough to necessitate removal and replacement by a dental implant and crown. Complicating the matter was the fact that Ken had suffered severe bone loss in the area surrounding the tooth. This meant that multiple procedures were required to build up the area enough to restore the bone to an acceptable level. Only then would that area of the mouth accept the required implant in a way that would look aesthetically pleasing.

I have worked with Dr. Irinakis on quite a few cases – dental, that is – and we enjoy a close, professional relationship together. Dr. Irinakis referred Ken to me with the knowledge that I would bring the same high level of expertise and attention to detail as our previous collaborative efforts.

For situations as complex as Ken’s, coordination between me and a specialist is essential. There are many intricate steps that Dr. Irinakis and I must take in order to achieve a beautiful result. This case highlighted the interdisciplinary aspects of complex treatment and the wonderful, predictable outcome that can result when there are shared values and a unifying commitment between the specialist, the patient, and me.

When I first met with Ken in person, we spoke briefly about his experiences in the courtroom, but we mostly discussed his concerns pertaining to his fractured tooth until we were able to identify exactly what he wanted to achieve. A successful outcome, in my opinion, will always begin with understanding WHY a patient seeks treatment in the first place. I’ll then provide answers to HOW and with WHAT materials and methods I’ll use to achieve success. In Ken’s case, to reach his desired outcome, we would need to include three adjacent teeth in our plan.

The first step in this journey was a simple one – I whitened Ken’s teeth so that his new pearly whites would reflect a brighter smile. Next, I studied models of Ken’s teeth and analyzed photos of his mouth until I was ready to present a proposal of his new smile. My proposal reflected changes that I wanted to make to the size, shape, and position of his new teeth so that they revealed a more youthful, vital smile. Ken liked what he saw and was excited to proceed with his transformation.

Dr. Irinakis first saw Ken in December 2011 and we finished treatment in March of this year. It took a little over two years to fully implement our plan, but Ken left my office visibly pleased, as evidenced by his smile!

Ken is a confident and outgoing raconteur – which certainly doesn’t hurt him in the courtroom – and his wonderful new smile reflects that!

Testimonial:

“I came to Dr. Mah during the course of a periodontal reconstruction, and therefore an integrative approach to my structural and cosmetic dental needs was very important to me. As a lawyer, I have to be able to smile (or bite as circumstances dictate). From my first appointment, Dr. Mah and his entire team brought a friendly and thoroughly professional approach, and the superior results have exceeded my expectations.”

Dr. Kelvin Mah -

Dr Kelvin P Mah is driven to "enrich lives, one smile at a time." He believes in helping people – not merely treating problems – and takes a dedicated, personal interest in the health, wellness and happiness of each individual patient. His award-winning Smile City Square Dental practice reflects an organic and zen-like atmosphere of warmth and relaxation. He is also a graduate of UBC's prestigious Dental School and is an instructor with the Frontier Institute, which offers postgraduate programs in advanced cosmetic dentistry. Learn more about Dr Mah and discover the transformative possibilities of modern artisan dentistry at www.smilecitysquare.com, and visit Smile City Square Dental on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SmileCitySquare.

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