An t i - Ag i ng DENT I STRY November 2017
Dr. Kourosh Maddahi
C O S M E T I C & A N T I - A G I N G D E N T I S T R Y
What I’m Grateful For
WHAT IT MEANS TO PRACTICE DENTISTRY IN BEVERLY HILLS
I have had the fortune of living in Beverly Hills for most of my life. I love the city and the people who live here. I was 13 years old when I decided I wanted to be a dentist. I also knew that I wanted a practice right here in Beverly Hills. When I graduated from dental school at age 24, I made that dream come true. I rented office space from one of my professors from USC and jumped right into practice. More than that, I knew exactly what kind of dentistry I wanted to practice. I didn’t want to practice ordinary dentistry. I wanted to offer something ideal for people by acknowledging health concerns and providing incredible results. To this end, I’m grateful I was able to not only realize my dream of becoming a dentist, but to become the dentist I had dreamed about years ago. I made it my goal and I focused on it. I was persistent and I developed the skills I needed to achieve that goal. There’s also something to be said about being able to practice cosmetic dentistry. It is very different than preventative or restorative dentistry. There’s an exhilaration to it. Even after having practiced for three decades, I continue to be amazed by the transformative power of cosmetic dentistry. I’m as amazed as I was the very first day I started. The reason why is simple: Every person I work with is unique. They have a unique story and unique needs. They come to me and I play a major role in changing their lives for the better. Then they return to tell me that they have more confidence, feel freer, and are able to be themselves. I have even worked with patients who were reluctant to venture out into public. They were concerned with their teeth and their smile. They felt held back and avoided social situations. One patient spent six months out of the public light, and another spent two years avoiding many of the social situations we take for granted. Eventually, they decided they’d had enough and met with me to change their smile —which then transformed their entire outlook. They went from avoiding public life to pursuing new careers and enjoying time with family and friends.
I’m grateful I had the opportunity be a part of these transformations. There is a lot of pressure when it comes to delivering these kinds of results. I am responsible for a specific outcome. I have do what I promise to do. That said, I wouldn’t change it for the world. There may be a lot of pressure to deliver those results, but I love it. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I look back to my 13-year-old self and I’m grateful I made the decision to become a dentist. I’m grateful I set goals and established myself in my favorite city. Now, people from all over the world visit me to renew their smiles. In fact, 30 percent of the patients I see are from out of town. Another 30 percent come to me to fix dental work that was done by someone else. This is work that did not meet the patient’s standards or even led to further complications. They came to me because they heard something good. They knew I was here to deliver the results they needed to smile once again. And when I see a patient smile —whether it’s for the first time in two years or the first time after a treatment — it’s a smile I cherish and feel grateful for.
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