Dr. Kourosh Maddahi May 2018

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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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Is Cold Water Bad for You? SEPARATE FACT FROM FICTION

Have you ever come across an article claiming you shouldn’t drink cold water? According to some sources, ice water and other iced beverages are harmful to your health. But is there any truth to it? Let’s look at the three most commonly cited reasons: • Drinking cold water causes blood vessels to constrict, which decreases circulation, so your body is unable to digest nutrients and water as effectively as it otherwise would. • Cold drinks turn certain fats solid after consumption. These solid fats are harder to digest, and fats are crucial to the absorption of certain fat-soluble nutrients. • Cold water weakens the immune system. It triggers mucus production and strains your immune system, which makes you more susceptible to illness. BEFORE AFTER &

There is some truth here. Drinking cold water does cause blood vessels to constrict. It can also cause some fats to turn solid. But that’s where the truth

indicate drinking cold water is bad for you.

One important thing to keep in mind is body temperature. Your body is usually good at regulating its internal temperature. When you drink cold water, your body works to bring your temperature and circulation back to normal. By the time fat solids hit your digestive tract, they’ve softened up quite a bit, and your body will digest them normally. No matter what temperature you like your beverages, water does your body good. Plus, water is one of the best free weight loss tools around. When you replace all other beverages with water — cold, warm, or hot — your body feels full longer without added calories.

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Do You Desire Porcelain Veneers? Why Working With the Best Will Leave You With Stellar Results

Porcelain veneers are among the most popular ways to achieve an amazing, confident smile. When you work with a qualified cosmetic dentist, you will be left with spectacular results that can last a lifetime. However, porcelain veneers can go very wrong, as many people have learned. What do we mean by this? Well, porcelain veneers are becoming more popular, and as a result, dentists across the country (and world) are adding this service to their professional repertoire. Unfortunately, many of these same dentists add this cosmetic service before they are fully qualified to perform the procedure.

The unfortunate reality is that unqualified dentists are more likely to use substandard materials and outdated techniques. For instance, they may rely on poor-quality metals or cements that discolor or fracture over time.

Dr. Maddahi has seen patients come in with broken veneers or crowns because their previous dentist used the wrong material to meet their needs. If an individual is prone to put more pressure on their teeth — perhaps they frequently clench or grind their teeth — they may require a harder material to ensure a long-lasting veneer. In addition to substandard materials, an unqualified dentist may lack the aesthetic eye required for cosmetic dentistry. Certain materials, such as a denser porcelain, don’t always offer a perfect match in terms of tooth coloration. This is why Dr. Maddahi works with master technicians who can craft the veneers to meet any patient’s needs. Master technicians have extensive backgrounds in working with veneers and crowns, and Dr. Maddahi only works with the best!

Unqualified dentists may produce less than stellar results. This isn’t because they’re bad dentists. In fact, they may be phenomenal dentists! But this doesn’t mean they will be phenomenal cosmetic dentists. This highlights the importance of working with a highly skilled

cosmetic dentist with an established background in cosmetic dentistry.

Have a LAUGH

SQUASH WITH FETA Sautéed Zucchini &

Zucchini and summer squash are arriving on grocery store shelves. Here is a great way to take these humble, delicious vegetables to the next level. This easy dish is perfect for early summer.

INGREDIENTS • 1 zucchini • 1 summer squash • 1/2 medium red onion • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

• 2 teaspoons fresh thyme • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese • Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cut zucchini into 1/4-inch-thick semicircles. Dice onion. 2. Heat a large skillet to medium high. Add olive oil, onion, and thyme. 3. Once onion is soft (about 2 minutes), add zucchini and squash. Season with salt and pepper; cook 4–5 minutes until squash barely begins to caramelize. 4. Place in serving bowl and top with feta.

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The Life-Changing Power of Cosmetic Dentistry Can Drinking Cold Water Hurt You? Transformations From the Office of Dr. Maddahi Can Porcelain Veneers Go Wrong? Sautéed Zucchini and Squash With Feta The Key to a Memorable Vacation

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concierge about their favorite place to eat. You’ll discover new foods and flavor combinations, and the locally owned restaurant is sure to appreciate your business! ART Just as your town probably has local artisans who produce unique and interesting work, the same is true for your vacation destination. Anyone can get a gift shop bauble that was mass-produced somewhere else. Take the time to peruse

ENRICH YOUR VACATION Buy Local When You’re Abroad

The virtues of buying locally sourced food and supporting small businesses have been widely extolled. But we rarely think to apply the same practices when we travel. Many Americans spring for all-inclusive packages when planning their next summer vacation, but doing so means they’ll miss out on some of the best aspects of the culture they’re visiting. Part of the joy of traveling is having new experiences you can’t have at home. Whether you’re in another state or another country, you owe it to yourself to seek out the unique aspects of that location. But to find the character and quirks of your destination, you’ll have to explore beyond the hotel lobby. FOOD Why have a cheeseburger from a fast-food chain when you can try a local favorite? A great way to start is by asking your taxi driver or hotel

market stalls and craft fairs while you travel. It can lead you to some truly special souvenirs, and you’ll support the arts and traditions of the region!

PEOPLE While you’re out sampling local restaurants and exploring local markets, you’ll meet plenty of local people. Don’t be afraid to strike up a friendly conversation. You can make new friends around the globe and learn about their unique experiences. One of the most enriching experiences in life is meeting new people and gaining new perspectives. MEMORIES Treasured memories are the best souvenir you can bring home from any vacation. So you owe it to yourself to get out and explore!

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