Another Smile Design

This case was so fun because of the long-standing relationship we had with the patient.  Our whole team had a hand in the success of this case, and it was a great way to highlight and motivate our office.  They all “knew him when,” and so they had genuine interest in following the case through completion.  This was a younger male with overall good health.  He was a faithful hygiene patient, had great home care, but this staining is intrinsic, either from excess flouride in the water as a kid, or childhood high fever.  The stain gets incorporated at the time of development and tooth formation.  No amount of whitening can correct this.  This patient was the first member of his family to attend college.  When we first met him, he was quiet, shy and not sure what he wanted to do with his life.  For several years, he kept every check up and maintained excellent dental health.  He started taking classes at a community college, then got accepted into a humble little school called Cornell!  This case got finished before he started Cornell.  This was a person who took control of his overall health, then his smile, and his entire future.  Sending him off to college with this smile gave us all a great feeling.  I couldn’t help but think that we were contributing to the future events of his life.  All the events where he’ll be smiling, accepting his diploma, advancing into his profession (engineering), standing at the altar and watching his bride to be come down the aisle.  Lots to smile about.










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