Dr. Kourosh Maddahi May 2018

An t i - Ag i ng DENTISTRY MONTHLY NEWS

THE REMARKABLE POWER OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY Rediscover Yourself MAY 2018

Recently, a patient came in for a checkup. This was her second visit. She initially came to me wanting to restore her smile with porcelain veneers. For many years, before she had decided to pursue veneers, this woman had been unhappy with her smile. Her decision came after looking through photos from the last 20 years. She couldn’t find a single picture where she was smiling and showing her teeth. The story went deeper. She felt her smile — or lack thereof—was impacting her ability to land the jobs she wanted. Because of this, her confidence was low, and she was worried that those jobs would remain out of reach despite her impressive résumé. She wanted to change that, so she made an appointment to explore the option of veneers. I bring up the idea of confidence occasionally because, as a cosmetic dentist, confidence plays a significant role in what I do. I have conversations about confidence with my patients all the time.

Everyone wants to be able to smile without worry and to express their happiness knowing they have a beautiful smile for the world to see.

During this recent checkup, my patient began to tell me how her new smile was changing her life. Simply put, she said she felt more confident than she had felt in a long time. This confidence translated into better photos and, more importantly, better job offers. In her mind, she felt she wasn’t getting job offers because of the way she presented herself. It wasn’t because of her qualifications. During interviews and meetings with employers, she hesitated to smile and show a more energetic side of her personality. As a result, she came across as groggy and overly serious. She couldn’t show them her true self. Now that she’s rediscovered her smile, everything has changed. When she came in for her checkup, I saw a confident person. She could finally be her authentic self. For me, it was incredibly satisfying to know I made such a difference in her life. I could only imagine how she was feeling as her life began to change. Confidence is an interesting and complex quality, and I’ve spent plenty of time contemplating what it means for patients. It’s difficult to instill confidence from within. Rather, it’s something we create from our outward experiences. These are experiences at school, work, social functions, and so on. Confidence isn’t something that simply exists within us. It’s earned and built. One of the reasons I became a cosmetic dentist was because I felt I could help people achieve newfound confidence. It’s one of the few professions where you can directly influence an individual’s confidence in a very positive way. My message to you is this: If you worry about confidence or you don’t feel like yourself because of your smile, you don’t have to continue worrying. You have options. Like the patient in this month’s story, you can transform your smile and find what you’ve been seeking.

Now that she’s rediscovered her smile, everything has changed. When she came in for her checkup, I saw a confident person.

-Dr. Maddahi

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