Pat has been a patient in our practice for almost 10 years. He wanted to know what could be done to improve his smile. We took some photos and prepared a digital smile preview for him.
Pat Talks of Dr. Harrell’s Approach
I wasn’t conscious about it. I had my family members say, “Boy, you’ve got a gap in your teeth. You ought to consider getting that fixed.” I was never bothered by it because vanity wasn’t a thing I was real concerned about. When it was brought to my attention by my family that I had these gaps then I started noticing it more, and I started paying attention where the camera was when I’d take a picture, so I’d turn to one side or the other so the gap in my front was a little narrower on one side than the other, so I’d always turn to the narrow side.
I like Dr. Harrell’s approach. It’s informative. He shares with you what your needs are, what you could do. He offers no more than I need, and you know, he never pushed me for veneers. I mean I asked what I could do, and he told me, and did all the makeup work and took pictures and showed me what it would look like.
Dr. Harrell did a nice job of being kind of a perfectionist with it and making sure it was right, but I was surprised what a difference it has made, and I am surprised how much I look forward to taking pictures now and redoing my family photos.
I was playing golf the other day, and so golfers that I normally play gold with but haven’t seen in a long time, they looked at me and said, “Something is different about you. What’s different?” They said, “Look at your smile,” and they brought it out. I mean I wasn’t showing it off or trying to do anything different. Subconsciously it just seems like I smile more, so it was interesting that these men were pointing it out.
We were on a vacation in Europe and we had some pictures of just my wife and I that the photographer would take at random, and every picture of me with her were good pictures, but it was just a grin. Now, I went to a high school reunion in September and every picture is huge. It’s wide and my teeth are white, and you know, besides other folks, their teeth, it was really a stand out. It was almost like I had a light bulb on in my mouth.