Dental School: Northwestern University
Years in Practice: 30
Which celebrities – male and female – do people cite as examples of the teeth they want?
Whitney Houston, Julia Roberts and Halle Berry for their beautiful, full, broad smiles, and Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper and Dwayne Johnson for the same reasons.
Which public figure are you itching to give a dental makeover to?
I would love to provide a smile makeover to the King of Dubai and then just tell him to pay me what he thought it was worth!
What are the most exciting new advancements in crowns, veneers and other cosmetic structures?
The ability to fabricate these restorations digitally via CAD/CAM technology has given the dental world the opportunity to provide patients with their restorations in a single visit and [in many cases] within a couple short hours. Also, our lab’s ability to make contact-lens-thin porcelain for very conservative minimal preparation restorations.
What percentage of your cosmetic dentistry is gum sculpting? Has that procedure increased in popularity over the years?
Gum sculpting is probably done in some fashion for 95 percent of cases or more. It’s that procedure that helps the cosmetic dentist place the icing on the cake in terms of artistic beauty. As we are re-entering an era of [aesthetic] conservatism, gum sculpting is definitely on the increase.
You enjoy photography. What are your favorite subjects to shoot?
I love to shoot nature shots with all the many shapes and colors that our world has to offer – it can be quite challenging to “frame” that perfect shot. And I enjoy photos of people, but candid shots can tell a better story rather than always posed shots.
What’s the funniest thing a patient has said to you on nitrous oxide?
Of course, this patient was probably on too high of a dose and delirious, but she told me I was the sexiest dentist she ever had work on her. My office team laughed for hours on that one!
“If I wasn’t a dentist, I’d be...”
A fighter pilot! Top Gun is one of my fave movies. I always feel the “need for speed” and would love the adrenaline rush in action!