Our team were eager attendees and grateful participants in the Scientific session of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, held in San Diego, California, from May 15- May 20, 2006. The event was inspiring – we were honored to learn from, and train side-by-side with, some of the world’s pre-eminent cosmetic dentists.
Tasha, our devoted dental hygienist, learned some further advanced periodontal therapies – all designed to better serve our patients and to keep their teeth and gums even healthier over a lifetime. She also visited many new product displays – demonstrating a discriminating eye in seeking out the very best and latest “tips of the trade” in home care intructions. Tasha was also an enthusiastic participant in a team-building seminar and admirably showed her passion for dentistry during a high energy session with a leading motivational speaker. Since returning, Tasha has put her new knowledge to great use and has shone even brighter.
Jodi, our business assistant and the friendly voice you hear on the phone, took several advanced cosmetic dental courses to gain increasing conversancy – for the benefit of patients- in the many cosmetic options available in dentistry today. From state-of-the-art whitening, to the newest techniques in porcelain veneers and tooth-colored restorations, Jodi can help you make informed decisions about your options for the latest cosmetic dentistry has to offer. Jodi regularly displays a genuine passion for customer service. Jodi is forever seeking ways to increase her already-impressive devotion to be the best “dental concierge” for our patient.
Juliette, our dental assistant, studied several advanced techniques in cosmetic dentistry and in patient comfort. Juliette is committed to give our patients a “WOW” experience including the most beatiful dentistry delivered in a kind and gentle environment. Juliette’s passion for dentistry comes through in everything that she does in our office. She gets especially energized when we deliver beautiful porcelain veneers to a patient to help them to achieve the smile of their dreams. Through advanced training in digital photography, she has been instrumental in capturing the beautiful before and after images of our patients who have received cosmetic dentistry.
My training at the cosmetic meeting included “hands-on” sessions with top clinicians to utilize the very latest techniques in porcelain veneers. I had an opportunity to “try out” the newest lasers for tooth and gum recontouring. In Dr. Eubank’s course, we studied how to help patients who have an “aged smile” caused by wear and tear of the teeth, jaw joints, and muscles. It is so exciting to help a patient like this to achieve their dream smile. I took back to my practice lots of updates on new materials, technology, and techniques which I have already begun using to benefit the cosmetic treatment of my patients.
We also found some time in the evenings to have a little fun! One memorable evening, we found ourselves sipping margaritas at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Old Town, San Diego. (This was a restaurant that I frequented in 1987 during my Navy dental residency at San Diego Hospital.) We also dined on some terrific Italian fare in Little Italy.
We all felt it was a very successful meeting. Most importantly, we are all even more galvanized to give the very finest in cosmetic dentistry to our patients, for we realize…almost everyone is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry!