David doesn’t think about his smile much these days — which is exactly the result he was after when he chose Dr. Frank and Albany Smiles for his smile makeover.
After a lifetime of worrying about his teeth and constantly wondering whether other people noticed them, the Greater Capital Region native was ready for a change. Dr. Frank and his Albany, N.Y. team used cosmetic dentistry procedures to correct David’s bite problems, creating a smile that brings him peace.
“It’s a relief for me to be able to sit and have a conversation with somebody and not worry about, gee, are they looking at my smile?” he says. “It has made me a lot more confident as a person.”
Searching for Solutions
Before working with Dr. Frank, David searched for many years to find a solution to his dental woes. Other dentists told him that invasive surgical procedures — many involving breaking and resetting his jaw — were the only options to correct David’s bite.
David had what’s known as an open bite, which is where the upper and lower front teeth don’t meet when the mouth is closed. Left untreated, this type of malocclusion, or “bad bite,” can interfere with speech and pronunciation and can cause uneven wear or even fractures on the back teeth. It can also present problems with eating.
“It was a challenge for me at mealtime, trying to eat a sandwich or something like that, because my bite didn’t go through all the way,” David says.
David felt self-conscious about his smile, which often diminished his confidence in the business settings he encountered for work.
A Cosmetic Correction — Without Surgery
David saw Dr. Frank for regular dental cleanings and examinations for a few years before they embarked on his smile makeover. Dr. Frank was always encouraging — and never pushy — about the possibilities for fixing David’s smile.
“Dr. Frank approached me and said that we could correct my smile by using veneers and crowns in lieu of any type of surgical option,” David says.
Porcelain veneers and crowns are cosmetic dental options that allow the patient to improve the shape, function and even color of their smile while still maintaining their natural teeth. Veneers are thin porcelain shells — like a contact lens — bonded to the front surface of the tooth, while crowns — sometimes called “caps” — cover the entire tooth. Both are custom-designed and fabricated to match the patient’s existing teeth.
David was pleased with how quickly Dr. Frank and his team were able to complete the transformation.
“It was an easy process,” he says. “It wasn’t painful at all, and it was done pretty quickly and pretty efficiently. I was very satisfied with the work that Dr. Frank did.”
Professional Care, Permanent Confidence
David says that he’s always well taken care of at Albany Smiles, whether he’s there for a routine cleaning or emergency dental treatment.
“Dr. Frank’s practice is very professionally run. The people here are very cordial,” he says. “I feel good when I leave.”
The results of David’s smile makeover also make him feel great every day.
“It gave me a tremendous amount of self-confidence,” he says. “It allowed me to be more comfortable in smiling. I’m very social, so it helped me both personally and with my career.”
Do you feel like your smile is holding you back? Discover the cosmetic dentistry solutions that could makeover your smile at Albany Smiles. Dr. Frank and his Albany, N.Y. team are ready to answer all of your questions.