A lot of what I’ve learned in dentistry is a result of first-hand experience. As a young adult, I had some dental problems that no one seemed to know how to treat. My dental school instructors didn’t seem to agree on anything, and nothing they had to offer (not much, as a matter of fact) made any sense to me. After dental school, I spent three years as an Air Force dentist, where on occasion I would have a chance to meet with one of their specialists. Again, no one seemed to really have any answers for me.
Imagine how frustrating that was – being a dentist, and not knowing what to do about my own condition? And not getting any help from any of my colleagues? It wasn’t until I was about to leave the Air Force that I finally ran into another dentist who seemed to be able to make some sense of my particular situation. It turned out that he had attended the L. D. Pankey Institute in Florida, where he had learned how to deal with complex dental problems. Of course I soon booked a flight to Miami to attend the same program, and learn from some real masters. I also met some other dentists who impressed me with their knowledge and skills, and today I have a really beautiful smile as a result.
Having a really great smile is important to me. Of course you would probably expect that, since I’m in the “smile business.” But I’ve seen with my own eyes on many occasions just how important it is to other people who are not in my profession.
It really is one of the most gratifying things in my profession and my life to be able to give someone a beautiful new smile. The change that it can make in someone’s life is astonishing. You’ve probably seen the “Extreme Makeover” shows in the past, where people break down and cry upon seeing themselves with a new smile for the first time. I’ve had that experience many times in my own office. But even more stunning is the transformation you see in some people. I’ve seen both men and women who seem to change before your eyes. They stand taller. They become more outgoing. You can just feel the confidence and self-esteem growing within them! It literally can change a person’s life!
The photo above is of Jaime, my office manager. We did some no-prep veneers on her about a year ago, and she hasn’t stopped smiling since! (The company who made the veneers won’t allow me to use their brand name unless I pay them an ongoing marketing fee, so I won’t mention it. But I’m sure you’ve seen their ads in magazines and on television. Let me just say that Jaime looks luminous!) She was self-conscious about her smile before, but now she just beams all the time. She’ll be the first one to tell you how she loves her smile, and how easy and painless it was to have done.
So if you’ve always wanted to have a more attractive smile, what are you waiting for? The most common remark I hear from patients who have had a smile makeover is, “Why didn’t I do this years ago?” It’s often a lot easier than you think, and it will make you feel fabulous about yourself. And at New Health Dental, we have ways to make it affordable for you as well. Call us today and let us give you the smile you’ve always wanted!