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cosmetic feature by Harry A. Long, DMD Gone are the days when you could simply pick up your high-speed and begin breaking enamel rods. Even though you might have tested every muscle of the stomatognathic system, deprogrammed for three weeks, are sure of the seating and health of the condyles and have evaluated every tracing and diagnostic tool available. “‘Things just don’t look If you and your patient have not participated in an active co-diagnosis of your patient’s perceived aesthetic disharmonies, and if you and your right,’ a patient might say. patient have not agreed on a plan to address each of the perceived aesthetic disharmonies, then don’t touch that high-speed! Diagnosing aesthetic Every dentist thinks he/she is a cosmetic dentist. Patients think they are cosmetic dentists as well. As dentists, we all have our mentors and we disharmonies is the first feel we are well-educated about delivering cosmetic dental care. We know all step to correcting the of the technical jargon. We have all of the gadgets and we know all of the materials and how to use them. visual tension.” Our patients on the other hand, have access to fan magazines, Marie Claire, Cosmo, People and a host of other magazines that feature covers showing “stars” with big, wide, white smiles. Every television personality has a wide, white, straight smile. The weather girl, the anchor, the traffic person, not to mention everyone on the celebrity gossip stations have wide, white smiles; they’re everywhere. Our patients want these smiles. Not necessarily naturally beautiful smiles, but bold, attractive smiles. Smiles that say “I’m attractive, I’m healthy, I’m fun, pick me!” Patients look at these smiles and compare them to their own. Your patient might have a different perception of cosmetic dentistry than the vision you have in mind for them. They know what they like… they don’t want to hear why you can’t do it for them. Often, the only difference between a happy patient and one who is unhappy with your treatment is simply communication. A great final result always begins with quality diagnostic continued on page 74 72 APRIL 2013 »

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Dentaltown April 2013 Highlights
Howard Speaks: What Winners Do and Losers Don’t
Professional Courtesy: Three Cheers for IT
Continuing Education Update
Dentaltown Research: Lasers
“Funny Feeling” on Lower Right Jaw
Missing Laterals, Bonded Maryland Bridges, Ribbond or Something Else?
Corporate Profile: Henry Schein
New Products
Office Visit: A Giant in Dentistry
Do-it-Yourself Finance, Part V: Insurance
Two Techniques to Make a Bite Record for a Full-arch Case
Team Strength: What Drives Your Team to Do More?
Living by the Golden Dozen
Diagnosing Aesthetic Disharmonies
Cosmetic Case Presentation
Using Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill to Easily and Predictably Place Direct Posterior Restorations
Continuing Education: Utilizing Laser Procedures for Restorative Access
Product Profile: Imaging Sciences International’s i-CAT FLX
In This Issue: Preparing for the Future
Perio Reports
Ad Index
Profile in Oral Health: The RDH’s Approach to Periodontal Therapy: Past, Present and Future
Perio Maintenance
Dentally Incorrect
Dentaltown Special Supplement
Product Profile: Zimmer Dental
Full Lower – Converted to Immediate Load
Immediate Placement #19 and 20 with BSB
American Academy of Implant Dentistry 62nd Annual Meeting Preview
Raising Your Denture Patient to a Higher Standard
Back to the Future – Extractions and Small Diameter Implants for Overdentures
Continuing Education: Top Implantology Breakthroughs for the GP: Part 2

Dentaltown April 2013