When I was younger, my brother had a sign hanging in our bedroom that read: “One Good Fist is Worth a Thousand Words.” As kids growing up, we thought that was very funny. Then I grew up, became a dentist, and my attitude to effective communication changed. I realized that you can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar. A warm, welcoming smile is worth so much more than a forceful hand. As the saying goes: “Smile and the whole world smiles with you.” In the words of the famous Phyllis Diller: “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” Your smile can change your attitude and help you appreciate what you’ve been given in life. Dr. Seuss said: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
While they say: “The eyes are the window to the soul,” I believe the same is true about a smile. A smile is your unique signature or business card. That’s why I tell my kids, “When you meet someone, greet them with a smile and you will make a great first impression!”
A first impression is one that sticks in your mind. Before people even say a word, if and how they smile speaks volumes. They could be in a good mood or a bad mood; they could be happy to meet you or could not care less. They could be brimming with self-confidence or they could be very self-conscious.
Patients often request some work to enhance their smile. From simple tooth whitening to an advanced, complete makeover. The patient pictured on the bottom of the page (1 – before and after) told me that she hates her teeth. Whenever she smiled, she covered her mouth to hide them. She had a very lively personality but was insecure about her smile. Once I completed her makeover, she could not stop smiling and showing her friends her improved appearance.
The change doesn’t have to be as drastic. A high school senior complained that her teeth were yellow. Other than the color issue, her teeth were well shaped and positioned. After whitening, she was so happy she almost did cartwheels out of my office. For years after that, she couldn’t stop thanking me.
The woman pictured on the bottom of the page (2 – before and after) had a combination of implants, crowns and bonding, none of which was to her liking. She was tired of going from one dentist to another, looking for someone to bring back her youthful smile. After careful planning and meticulous attention to detail, I was able to do what was needed. She looked in the mirror, then looked at me and said “finally!”
I ask my patients, “If there is something you would like to improve about your smile, what would it be?” It’s amazing how many different answers I get.
What would you like to change? Give us a call and find out how we can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Schlussel maintains the highest levels of accreditation and pursues ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest dentistry trends. Dr. Schlussel’s professional associations include the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the New York State Dental Association.
Rechavia Dental can be reached at 02-561-9770 or through their website www.rechaviadental.co.il