Recently, I was performing a “wax up” for an upcoming case using stone models of a new client’s existing teeth.  I gradually added and sculpted wax to the models to correct for wear, fractures, spaces, and other damage and mis-alignments.  I then replaced the wax with state-of-the art bonding materials during the finishing process to correct problems and to restore ideal shape and function to the teeth.

As I worked, I realized I was grinning!  Relaxation, enthusiasm, joy and eager anticipation are all part of the process of guiding a patient from start to finish in the restorative process.  I wondered what the cause might be for my happy and fulfilled state of mind.

After some thought, I determined that:

  • teeth in their ideal form (undamaged, unworn and in ideal alignment) convey a youthful aura.  As I perform these wax-ups and visualize the restorative process for a particular patient, I get caught up in a sense of joyful exuberance. Young looking teeth suggest youthful appearances and attitudes…and that often leads to smiling!
  • restoration can have a profound impact for our clients.  We often see dramatic improvements in appearance (cosmetics/esthetics), and in function (speech/phonetics, and chewing/mastication).  Having performed many restorations, I remember the post-op smiles and hugs and high-fives, when patients view and feel their restorations for the first time.  I can’t help but grin a bit, knowing that…
  • I firmly trust that my forms and models will be accurately and quickly transferred to the teeth in the patient’s mouth, using our patented SmileBond process.
  • I’ve come to realize that when working up a case, I have achieved what many seek: doing work that I love and enjoy for a living, and HAVING TOO MUCH FUN doing it!

Sincere thanks to our clients and others who have taken time to visit our SmileBond website, and post on the blogs.  We were also invited to write articles for a great new Lansing area publication, Patient in Charge.  Look for our articles in the July and August 2010 issues.

2010 has been a busy and productive year for SmileBond restorations.  THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR BONDING.  Call us if you have questions.

Dr. Bill

  • Julie Lorencen says:

    The results I got from orthodontics and SmileBond at Trillium Dental are absolutely incredible!

    At age 51, I finally got what I had dreamed of since childhood. I had always wanted braces because of my overbite, but was told in my 20s that I was not a candidate because of the loss of some of my molars. I was heartbroken but eventually resolved to the thinking that my teeth would not be able to be “fixed.” Dr. Bill and his team at Trillium Dental changed that thinking!

    About 1-1/2 years ago I decided to switch dentists. I saw an add for Trillium Dental and remembered the sign I saw out front of their office with the “before and after picture.” I decided to call. Right away, I loved going there. The staff, atmosphere, and facilities were wonderful.

    After Dr. Bill’s assessment of my case, he told me I was a candidate for orthodontics and offered SmileBond that would restore deteriorated biting surfaces. Dr. Bill executed a superb job with his skill, knowledge, and expertise. I really had no idea just how beautiful the result would be; I love it — all I can do is smile!! And I will say, the benefit is not only improved appearance but improved function as well.

    I thank the whole team at Trillium for their support, encouragement, and excellent care.

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