Orthodontic Tips May 9, 2011

Orthodontic Tips May 9, 2011

When I am wrong, I am wrong!
Sometimes, when I’m right I’m also wrong.
We are only human. One time there was a retainer charge that shouldn’t have happened; once I promised porcelain braces and without checking, I put steel braces on. Stuff happens.
When I have been wrong I corrected the errors and moved on.
However, here is an example of when I was right, I was wrong anyway.
A teen-age woman had set her heart on modeling as a career choice. Her mom and I worked very hard at aligning her maxillary incisors for the big close up that might one day be on a billboard for all to see.
During the treatment I went to the reception room and brought several magazines into the clinic to demonstrate incisor display from the full page ads.
However, the patient insisted that all the incisors be at the same level.
The braces came off last month and the interview at the modeling agency didn’t go well. “The teeth are too straight across” were the words the agent used.
Even though I made notes of all of our discussions, I am not consoled because the patient was not happy.
I too had dreams when I was a teen-ager. I wanted to be a football star even though I never weighed more than 119 lbs. during my entire high school career. I also wanted to be in the school play, which required singing. At the audition I performed like the contestants on American Idol who are advised to choose something else.
There is some consolation for this patient however. Periodontal crown lengthening (with bone removal so it will really work) with veneers should solve the problem better than I can just by moving the teeth.
I hope the modeling agency chooses the dentist or the patient will impose her idea of an “ideal smile” on the result.
I would appreciate any comments on this one.
Have a great week.
Stan

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