SOURCE: Susie Ang, D.D.S.

August 15, 2012 05:01 ET

Toronto Dentist Focuses on Small Changes to Improve Patient Care and Confidence

TORONTO--(Marketwire - Aug 15, 2012) - According to a recent study by the American Dental Association (ADA), a person's smile outranked eyes, hair, and body as the most important physical feature. With the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) estimating that adults in North America spend $2.75 billion each year on aesthetic dental procedures, Toronto dentist Dr. Susie Ang says cosmetic dentistry has become a popular means of improving one's appearance as well as their confidence. However, she says accomplishing a patient's goal for an improved smile does not always require a complete smile makeover. Instead, Dr. Ang says she strives to make a connection with each patient so she can truly assess their goals and create a custom treatment plan to address their concerns regardless of the perceived impact.

"People think dentistry is only about making changes to things that won't have much impact on their overall self-esteem," says Dr. Ang. "But in reality, to the patient, cosmetically addressing a small chip or discoloration may be the one thing that keeps them from truly smiling with confidence."

As she creates the treatment plan with each patient, Dr. Ang says minimizing the overall impact on each patient is extremely important to her. While the ultimate goal is improving a patient's smile and confidence with a safe and effective procedure that brings appearance and function together, she says she employs minimally invasive techniques whenever possible: "Everything in the patient's mouth has to be in harmony with the function of their teeth. Creating a perfect smile is not only about the material itself, but also the functionality of their bite and overall alignment."

The goal of minimally invasive dentistry is to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible while restoring worn or damaged teeth. She says patients at her center for cosmetic dentistry in Toronto often have small chips or imperfections in their teeth that have major effects on their self-esteem. By employing advanced techniques designed to be as minimally invasive as possible, Dr. Ang says she is able to create enhanced results without needing to affect or remove much of the patient's natural tooth structure. Once the procedure is complete, she says patients often say they wish they would have undergone the procedure earlier.

Dr. Ang says people often come in with cavities or chipped teeth and are looking for a better solution to their dental problems. Step one of the process is to get at the patient's motivation for undergoing a cosmetic procedure and what problem it is they are trying to fix. By finding out what a beautiful smile looks like to the individual patient, she says she can then design a plan to help patients achieve the most custom-tailored results for their needs. However, as with any dental procedure, Dr. Ang says creating an appropriate treatment plan that considers not only the cosmetic impact, but also the functional impact of the procedure requires an experienced hand and extensive training. She says regardless of which procedure patients are looking for, be it teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, choosing a dedicated and qualified cosmetic dentist is essential for achieving the highest quality results possible.

About Susie Ang, DDS

Dr. Susie Ang graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry and has completed several continued education courses including a postgraduate program in Esthetic Dentistry at SUNY Buffalo. She is currently a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Dento-Facial Esthetics, the Toronto Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and several other professional organizations. Dr. Ang has also been selected as a recent member of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics for her work in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

Located at 675 Cochrane Drive (HWY 7 & 404) Suite 508 in Markham, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Ang's practice can be reached at (866) 601-4439. It can also be contacted online via the website www.drsusieang.com.

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