Harvey Silverman, DMD
How many patients do you and your hygienist see in a day? Ten, 15, more—whatever that number happens to be, stop right now and count how many elective cosmetic cases you did yesterday. Be honest. Was it one? Two? Three? Or none.
If you are like many dentists, the answer may sadly be none. I recently gave a presentation to a dental society and asked the dentists in attendance to let me know how many cosmetic cases they did for the entire week. I started with zero and to my surprise every dentist in the room raised their hand. No one had done a single elective cosmetic dentistry case. That’s when I knew it was time to roll up my sleeves and get to work.
Elective cosmetic dentistry is one of the few opportunities where dentists can use their artistic talents to create beautiful smiles patients choose to treat. Today nearly every dentist performs elective cosmetic dentistry. Some of us do more cosmetic dentistry than others, but it is rare to find a dentist who does not enjoy offering cosmetic services to their patients.