No matter what your unique dental challenges, there is a solution. Prospective patients do not need to feel embarrassed or ashamed; the specialists who will treat you have seen everything. There’s no judgment or ridicule, but instead there are professionals who can set and guide you on an easy path to a healthier, more functional, beautiful smile.
The way it works is simple. You come in, regardless of the condition of your teeth, and talk to an expert dentist who is well acquainted with oral problems, from chips to missing teeth to gum disease. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have all your teeth. Maybe some are broken, or maybe you’ve dealt with non-functional dentures. Whatever your background, age, gender, or other circumstances, you have hope through a treatment option proven to address all kinds of concerns.
The condition of your smile or who you are does not matter. There is a solution.
Oftentimes, the clients with severe dental problems are the same people who have high-profile positions that require professionals with pleasant demeanors and a nice smile. It’s true of men and many women, too: they’re established, well-to-do patients with one big common denominator, and that is extreme dental fear or anxiety.
Because dental fear causes years or even decades of neglect, it’s no surprise that patients who deal with it are then in need of comprehensive treatment. Of course, receiving that treatment seems to involve conquering the same fear that put them in the situation: that’s where sedation comes in. With IV sedation, patients can rest peacefully in twilight while all the necessary treatments are performed in just a handful of hours.
It doesn’t matter if it’s implants, root canals, whitening, partial dentures, or veneers; through IV sedation, patients can walk out with an aesthetic, healthier smile in just a matter of hours. Some of the work may be of a temporary nature; in those cases where it’s not final, the temporary treatment is very well made and looks natural. It gives the patient a way to function well, both socially and physically, which is the whole point of a comprehensive dental approach.
After one treatment, clients literally leave with a new smile! Any decay or gum disease is cleared up and treated. They can walk out of the office looking great, without disease, feeling confident and attractive—all in one brief afternoon.
How Fast Can You Be Smiling?
Patients are always eager to know how quickly they can get to smiling confidently. It’s as quick as just one painless visit. Some patients require more than one visit depending on their individual oral conditions, but all patients leave after the first visit looking better, with a beautiful, healthy, functional smile.
Personal, Customized Plans
A customized plan is created for each individual patient, one that is going to be different for each person but that always guarantees the same powerful results. Depending on the condition of a patient’s smile, one dental visit could be all that’s needed to fully restore a smile; in other more complex cases, additional visits may be needed. On average, more complex cases take about three to four visits. These are cases that require multiple root canals, implants, etc., because the patients’ smiles are in such poor shape. It’s important that the treatment plan be thorough and that it eradicate all decay in order to transform a mouth from an unhealthy situation to a healthy situation. Through a personal consultation with a specialist, you’ll get a better sense of what will be required.
The First Visit: What to Expect
Regardless of how many visits are required for your particular circumstances, you can be sure of this: you will leave your first visit with a functional, healthy, great-looking smile. You will be able to smile proudly and chew after that first visit even if you require additional follow-up treatment. In some cases, the initial work will be temporary, but it will still be solid and attractive, giving you the confidence you wanted right away. Patients don’t go home with missing or unstable teeth; that’s the wonderful part of the right plan.
When considering treatment, many people are concerned that they will have to walk around without teeth in the beginning. They understand that it takes some time to complete a major restoration and let the mouth fully heal. These are valid concerns; however, with the right specialists, you will never have to be without teeth. There are solutions specifically designed to prevent that from happening. That means you can rest assured that throughout the restoration process, you will look much more attractive than you did beforehand. You can go from an unhealthy state created by years of neglect and, in a few comfortable hours, have a totally different mouth. You can have your confidence back in one afternoon. It’s that simple.
Learning How to Smile Again
For patients who have spent years hiding their smiles, resisting that urge can be difficult. Not smiling has become a habit that has to be broken. People develop all kinds of weird ways when they’re embarrassed about their teeth. Obviously, they don’t look as good as they could when they depend on these habits, but psychologically they almost can’t help it.
Those men who have been camouflaging their smiles with long moustaches, for example, work up the courage to shave them off. They may not do it immediately, as the decision can take time, but eventually those men will usually find the courage. They’ll keep trimming their mustaches shorter and shorter until one day they’re ready to let it go completely. It’s like they’re throwing away a security blanket: while it might not be easy to do, it’s definitely worth it.
Similarly, those who have been hiding their smiles with their hands have to remind themselves there is nothing to hide anymore. After completing treatment, again in as little as one visit, patients emerge as new people, proud of their new smiles. They update their photos on their business websites; they look for ways to show off their teeth. Usually, they interact more successfully with clients, prospects, colleagues, and peers. A smiling person is always received more positively than one who doesn’t smile or who displays peculiar habits trying to hide a smile. Often, patients will look at old photos and recognize the odd habits they used to resort to in order to camouflage their smiles, and they can’t believe how far they’ve come.
The timing for realization that the days of unattractive smile and insecurities connected to it are over is different for everyone. Some leave the office and just can’t stop smiling, catching their new facial expression in the windows, others take a little time to activate their “smiling” muscles. One of our patients described this feeling this way: “You know, when you learn a foreign language, it takes time and effort, but one day, all of a sudden, you realize that you understand and speak it.” We wish you to be fluent in the language of smiling!
“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.”
- Denis Waitley
For countless patients, the long-postponed dental treatment has been an uplifting, exciting experience that has meant new confidence, new relationships, and even new lives. By receiving the dental care they so desperately needed, these people are living vibrant, active lives—no longer afraid to smile.
Tori’s Story: The Life-Changing Power of a Smile
A young, 30-year-old Asian woman named Tori came to the dentist with significant tetracycline teeth staining—a problem that sometimes results from taking a certain antibiotic during childhood while adult teeth are still forming under the gums. Her entire set of teeth had unattractive permanent brown and gray stains—something that she was very self-conscious about.
Extremely shy and withdrawn, Tori was in the midst of medical school here in the United States. For her treatment, she received an entire mouthful of veneers. Because the procedure didn’t require sedation, Tori talked to her dentist while she was placing the veneers. Tori said she hoped to do a residency in surgery, but her family wanted her to do it in radiology. She wasn’t dating anyone. She didn’t have many friends. She also mentioned that every time she went for a residency interview, she didn’t get accepted, and she felt it was because she looked so unhappy and unhealthy because of her smile. That’s actually what had prompted her to seek help in the first place: one of the doctors at the hospital where she’d last been interviewed had asked her about her teeth, “What’s so weird with your smile? You don’t look healthy.” He didn’t know she had tetracycline when she was a child, and that it had discolored her teeth, but the conversation impacted Tori.
After Tori received her veneers, her smile was completely different. She felt like a new woman. Soon after, she flew to California to attend some interviews for residency—and that’s where her story gets really interesting.
Turns out, it wasn’t only her smile that changed that day in the dental office; it was her entire person. Although Tori had the same face, she was not the same. Her entire demeanor was different. After she’d chosen dental surgery, she went to the California residency interviews and did very well. She landed the residency she’d wanted—in surgery. What’s more, during the interview process, she’d met a man and later got engaged. Instead of the shy personality she’d previously had, she became happy and confident, with a beauty that radiated from her face. Just like that, her whole life had changed. While the only physical change was her smile—just some veneers in her mouth—the other changes that resulted were incredible. Even her expression was completely different. She became happy and confident. You could see it in her eyes.
The one change that made it all possible was her smile: that’s what allowed her to be herself—and to land the surgical residency she wanted, as well as a fiancé.
While Tori’s story may sound extreme, the truth is that these kinds of things happen all the time. Dental work is not just about a smile; it’s about the person behind the smile. A new set of teeth can create an entire transformation of a person.
Natalie was an investment banker who hadn’t had major dental treatment for about a year. When she came in for a routine cleaning, she needed sedation even for that. Afterwards, her dentist asked about her new smile, and she quickly explained, “Oh, I just love it.” She said it didn’t take her long to get used to smiling again. In fact, she said she smiled right away when she walked out of the office and that the treatment changed her life immediately.
Like Natalie, a lot of patients start smiling the day they receive treatment, but some other people are not like that. For some patients, it takes a good amount of time for them to learn how to smile again. It’s like physical therapy: when a person has to learn to walk again after a traumatic event, it may take some getting used to. The brain still remembers, but putting that memory into practice takes time, just like learning how to walk again.
Kevin’s Story: A Second Chance at Life and Love
Kevin was a 58-year-old man and father of two—a child who was 29 and a child who was six. He’d had his younger son through his second marriage, which was to a much younger woman; he was in his early fifties when that son was born.
When Kevin came to the dentist, his smile was in real trouble. He was missing teeth, his gums were unhealthy, and several teeth were majorly decayed. Yet at the same time, he was dressed very nicely, enjoyed a stable and high-powered job, and had so much going for him. As is often the case with men in his situation who are ashamed of their teeth, Kevin wore a very long moustache to help cover his smile. It wasn’t like he was unattractive; he just lacked confidence in that one area, and so he wanted to try and hide his face.
Kevin fit the classic profile of having dental phobia: he’d had a bad dental experience as a kid, and because of that past, he’d avoided the dentist for years, creating a host of dental problems. For most of his life, he didn’t smile, but at the same time, he wanted to be able to enjoy life. Plus, on top of that, he had a young child and a younger wife, so he wanted to feel younger.
As Kevin’s dental treatment progressed, so did his transformation. As his smile improved, so did his habits: he started working out, he colored his hair, he started going out with his kids, he took his family to Disneyland. Prompted by his dental treatment, Kevin changed tremendously: he looked much younger, and he found himself enjoying life to the fullest, smiling proudly. Today, he says his only regret is that he didn’t seek help sooner.
Damon’s Story: Even Scaredy Cats Want New Smiles
Although all patients are different, their stories are often very similar. Most people need lots of work, many have experienced negative dental work as children, many are truly terrified of seeing a dentist or having work done in their mouths. There are also those patients who have severe dental phobias and don’t know how to conquer them. That’s where IV sedation plays such a key role. It’s truly the gold standard of dentistry and the tool that helps patients wake up with new smiles.
Damon was a patient who came in with a severe dental phobia. A successful small business owner in New York, he was absolutely terrified of stepping into a dental office, not to mention undergoing treatment. It took a lot of courage for him to even seek help. The good news is, though, that by the time his treatments were completed, not only did his smile change, his life did as well. His eyes changed. His skin changed. His attitude changed. Today, he looks healthier, younger, and more energetic. As is the case for so many patients, all of these positive improvements came just from treating his smile.
“When you see that many people with a smile on their face, then you must be doing something right.”
- Greg Norman
An Emotional Journey
Overcoming dental phobia is a significant emotional journey. After the makeover, clients emerge with a much more positive outlook on life and the future. Their confidence is restored. They have a better view of themselves, their family, their relationships, and their jobs. They often even look years younger. All of these emotional changes take place, opening a new world of possibilities for them, and there are also many accompanying changes, like losing weight, working out, and eating right to become healthier and look better. They start dating when they couldn’t before. They experience improved love lives. They shave moustaches or color and cut their hair. Some get better jobs or start performing better in their current roles. A beautiful smile is a positive change that spurs other constructive changes.