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Congratulations on Dateline NBC!

Q. Dear Dr. Garner...I saw the Dateline NBC you were in and I wanted to say congratulations!  I have been reading your articles for over a year now, and it was impressive to see you on national TV.  I can totally relate to the two people you helped on Dateline.   There are so many times before that I have wanted to email you. Now I have the courage to.   I hate my smile so much that I never open my mouth very wide even to talk.  My teeth are crooked.  To make it even worse, they always look stained and dirty no matter how much I bleach them.  My mother gave me tetracycline when I was a baby.  My dentist tells me that the bleaching will probably not make them any whiter.  It won’t be long until 2005 will be here, and I want a new me!  Any hope for me?
 

A. Thank you for taking the time to email me.  I would welcome the chance to give you a smile that will no longer inhibit you from smiling or feeling free to laugh or talk whenever you want.  I once had a tetracycline patient tell me, “until I got my veneers, people thought I was mean because I never looked happy.”  Your dentist is right.  Tetracycline was an antibiotic that was widely used during the ‘50s and ‘60s, and
ruined millions of children’s teeth before doctors were told of its damaging effects.  Aesthetic correction of this condition, is one of the hardest procedures to master in cosmetic dentistry.  The tetracycline stain is deep down within the very core of the tooth, and unfortunately, bleaching will not reach these internal layers effectively.  I have been giving new smiles to patents with tetracycline stains for over 19 years.  This procedure requires the proper combination of the right color of veneer, with the correct bonding agents to mask the tetracycline stain so that we can give you the smile you have always wanted.  Give yourself a special gift...an awesome new smile, and begin 2005 with a new you.  I can assure you that this gift will give you so much joy and will outlast most any present you might ever receive.  Come in for your complimentary consultations and computer imaging.   Don’t put it off any longer.  See why patients from Hawaii to Massachusetts come to me for their cosmetic dental needs.  I can help you.
 
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Is Your Smile Hurting Your Love Life?

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I am so self conscious about my ugly teeth, that I rarely smile.  I am a 27 years old professional, and I'm tired of hiding my smile.  Not too long ago, I had a date and the guy actually had the guts to tell me that I was beautiful, except for my smile!  I nearly cried right there in the restaurant, and I haven't been able to clear that out of my mind.  The truth of the matter is that he was right.  I am an attractive person, I have a "killer" body, but my smile kills it for me.  I am ready to find that special someone, but my unattractive teeth (especially my ugly front bridge), definitely affects my love life in a very negative way!  Would you be willing to visit with me?

A. Most definitely. In today's competitive dating world, you can hardly afford to lose out because of an unattractive smile.  Repeated studies have shown that attractive people win over unattractive people, whether we like it or not.  The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry's survey revealed that 92% say an attractive smile is an important social asset.  In less than 25 seconds after meeting someone, they are looking at your smile.  The smile and the mouth are a very intimate part of sexuality and unattractive smiles are turn offs for many people.  For professionals such as yourself, porcelain veneers may be just what you need to be at the top of your game.  Most likely, in just two visits, approximately one week apart, we can take your worries of having ugly teeth away forever!  New materials and technology can create bridge work that is so realistic, that no one can tell you were not born with them.  The best part will be is that while we are bringing your teeth back to a healthy condition, you can enjoy all the benefits of having a newer and brighter smile with cosmetic dentistry.  Your unattractive smile can be a thing of your past. You will not believe the difference and the renewed confidence this can give you.  The trend today is for individuals to take the initiative in fixing or changing their image to have the best look they can have. Call my office and we will go over your particular concerns. With a simple consultation, we can review your individual smile and do a digital computer simulation to take a look at your smile options before any work is actually done.  We can discuss the latest technology and help you select the best possible choice for the cosmetic enhancements you wish to obtain. Creating an attractive smile demands artistry and precision. It's important to your health, self-confidence, and in the way you see yourself, as well as how others see you, to have a nice healthy, complimentary smile.  See for yourself why patients from Hawaii to Massachusetts come to Little Rock to see me for their dental needs.  Image is such a crucial part of life.  It is my philosophy in cosmetic dentistry to be a partner in helping you meet your personal goals.  I look forward to visiting with you in the very near future.
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Is Your Smile Hurting Your Sales?

Q. I am a real estate agent.  As you might expect, I am constantly meeting new clients and trying to close sales. I have to make presentations to corporate executives (men and women) for commercial deals.  Real estate has become extremely competitive so I am working hard to keep my 54 year old body looking good. Everyone I know is whitening their teeth these days to have a cleaner and younger smile.  My problem is that some of my front teeth have old ugly crowns on them.  I am afraid that if I bleach my teeth, it will make everything look worse since every tooth is a different color already.  Help!


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You are correct. Crowns will not whiten with bleaching agents. Neither will bridgework or old fillings.  The best candidate for getting whitening results are those individuals who are 30 years and younger who have thick enamel on natural, but yellow teeth. As we age, we lose the thickness of our enamel, teeth naturally darken and bleaching becomes ineffective. The other point is that many of the people you "think" have had their teeth whitened, have actually received cosmetic dentistry via new crowns and porcelain veneers! Do not lose heart. You can have a bright white smile with a combination of veneers and crowns that all match together in a totally youthful way. The crowns and veneers we do in our office look like natural teeth. We can also give you "instant orthodontics" if you have slightly crooked or spaced teeth as well. Slightly lengthening worn down teeth also creates a dramatic effect and stops that old looking "straight across effect teeth" get as they age. Years ago, we did not have the new white bleach shades available for crowns and veneers that we have today. So, it is no problem whatsoever to give you the smile you are seeking and we also use restorations that do not have that unattractive black around the gum line that you commonly see. Your new smile can be as white as you want. Please don't hesitate to schedule a visit to come into my office for a complimentary consultation. We will do a computer imaging of what you want your smile to look like. A new smile can give you the extra edge of confidence you need in your profession. It will automatically make you look younger and your competitors are having these procedures done, so it is important that your image be at its best. See for yourself why patients from Hawaii to Massachusetts come to Little Rock to see me for their dental needs. Image is such a crucial part of life. It is my philosophy in cosmetic dentistry to be a partner in helping you meet your personal goals. I look forward to visiting with you in the very near future. Be sure to tune in and watch the two amazing smile makeovers that I have just completed for Dateline NBC!
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 Dear Dr. Garner:

Q.  I am in my late forties.  I am recently divorced and have been dating a guy for almost a year now.  He treats me like a queen and has a great body.  His face is handsome enough, but his teeth are so yellow and worn down, it turns me off.  Sounds awful, but he is constantly going to the gym to work out to look good, but his teeth kill it for him.  My question is … what is a nice way to get him to come in and see you to have his smile redone?

A.  Please do not be embarrassed by your question. Today, there is a big emphasis on how a person’s smile looks.   In a survey conducted by the American Academy for Cosmetic Dentistry, over 75% of adult Americans who responded believed an unattractive smile could ruin a person’s chances for career success.  Additionally, an AACD’s survey revealed that 92% of respondents say an attractive smile is an important social asset and less that 50% are dissatisfied with their smile. In fact, I have both men and women accuse me of ruining it for them in their dating life.  People have become so smile conscious especially when they have their own teeth redone that they find it hard to date anyone that doesn’t have a nice smile.
So, how do you tell him to come see me for a new smile?  Being a cosmetic dentist and not Dear Abby; I will have to leave that up to you.  You can tell him how you would love to see what a new smile would look like on him and you could both come in to have a computer imaging done.  Most people when they can visualize how a new smile can improve their looks will do whatever it takes to make that happen.  Best new is, that unlike working out, he will have his handsome new smile in just two visits, a little over a week apart.  We have also found that some people will dress to the nines and take excellent care of  themselves in every way, but ignore their teeth.  He may just need a little nudging from you.  

Good Luck.  I hope to see you both in my office real soon.  Then we will all be smiling! 



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IS YOUR SMILE HURTING YOUR CAREER?

Q.  I am so self conscious about my ugly teeth, that I rarely smile.  I am only 36 years old, and I’m tired of hiding my smile.  I’m in real estate sales, and I sell all day, nearly everyday.  I know that a better, friendlier smile would open more doors for me both personally and professionally.  Would you be willing to visit with me?

A.  Most definitely.   In today’s competitive market place, you can hardly afford to lose out because of an unattractive smile.  Repeated studies have shown that attractive people win over unattractive people, whether we like it or not.  Since the smile is one of the first things others notice about us during a first impression, you can hardly afford not to have a great smile.  For many professionals such as yourself, porcelain veneers may be just what you need to be at the top of your game.  Most likely, in just two visits, approximately one week apart, we can  take your worries of having ugly teeth away forever!  The best part will be is that while we are bringing your teeth back to a healthy condition, you can enjoy all the benefits of having a newer and brighter smile with cosmetic dentistry. Your unattractive smile can be a thing of your past.  You will not believe the difference and the renewed confidence this can give you.  The trend today is for individuals to take the initiative in fixing or changing their image to have the best look they can have.  Call my office and we will go over your particular concerns.

With a simple consultation, we can review your individual smile and do a digital computer simulation to take a look at your smile options before any work is actually done.  We can discuss the latest  technology and help you select the best possible choice for the cosmetic enhancements you wish to obtain.  Creating  an attractive smile demands artistry and precision.   It’s important to your health, self-confidence, and in the way you see yourself, as well as how others see you, to have a nice healthy, complimentary smile.   See for yourself why patients from Hawaii to Massachusetts come to Little Rock to see me for their dental needs.  Image is such a crucial part of life.  It is my philosophy in cosmetic dentistry to be a partner in helping you meet your personal goals.   I look forward to visiting with you in the very near future.  

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YOU ARE NEVER TO OLD FOR A GREAT SMILE

Q. Dear Dr. Garner: I am 72 years old and for most of my life, I've had good dental care. Going to the dentist was important to my mother, so I have all of my teeth, although nearly every one of them has some sort of dental filling, cap, or such holding it together. My dentist says that my gums are in amazing condition, but is reluctant to address my concerns, which are the structural soundness of my teeth, and the wearing down and shortening of my teeth and bite. Then, of course, you never get too old to want to look beautiful and have a lovely model's smile! I still consider myself an attractive person even at my age, but I'm beginning to get that nose closer to the chin look you see in people my age. Since my dentist apparently thinks I'm too old to have the smile I want, I am looking at options. Do you think there is a time when a mouth should just be left alone to deteriorate as mine has? My doctor just says "we'll watch these, and if something breaks, you just give me a call". I'm not stupid. I know that with today's gadgets, my mouth could be brought back to life again! Would you be willing to take a look at me?

A. Anytime. You just schedule a complementary consult with me whenever it's convenient for you. I'll never forget what one of my 82 year old patients told me...

"You know Dr. Garner, I've always wanted to have a great smile, and I'm going to do this. My kids are all going to fight over my money when I'm gone anyway, and this is one thing that I'm doing for myself...and besides, I can take these with me"! She's been a wonderful and fun person to work with. Her smile is beautiful and she has had no regrets about her decision to improve her smile and her health. No matter what age we are, there is nothing wrong with striving to look our best. More importantly, so much is written today about the correlation between heart problems and poor dental health. I have always been deeply opposed to the philosophy of "supervised neglect" where dentists do nothing to intervene in the downward slide of dental debilitation but continue to observe it year after year until a patient becomes a dental cripple. I applaud you for taking the initiative to realize that you have the power to change things. I know that a beautiful and healthy smile can be yours. Please do not ever hesitate to write or email me. I look forward to seeing you soon.
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EXTREME SMILE MAKEOVERS

Q.  Dear Dr. Garner, I heard that you are the one in Arkansas to see if you want an Extreme Smile Makeover like Dr. Dorfman does in Hollywood on ABC’s Extreme Makeover.   I would love to have a Hollywood Smile Makeover.  I am 53 years old and my smile has seen better days.  I don’t go to the dentist as often as I should.  I know that a new smile would make me look ten years younger, and I’m ready to do this for myself.  I know I’ll be a happier person in the end, especially if the teeth looked natural.  Does it take six weeks like it does on the show?  Would you be willing to see me?

A.  You bet.  Dr. Bill Dorfman and I have been friends for many years.   We do the exact same cosmetic dentistry right here in my Little Rock office as he does in Hollywood.   Bill has been a guest in my office and he highly respects my work.  We use the exact same porcelain veneer techniques and even the same brands of materials as he uses to create his famous veneers on movie stars such as Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luke Perry, Hunter Tylo and even Ozzy!  Come see me.   You will be happy to know that our fees are approximately one-half the Hollywood fees due to the lower cost of living in Arkansas.   You don’t have to wait six weeks in my office for your new smile.  We complete our makeovers in just two visits, spaced about one week apart.  Natural is my trademark.  I love for all my patients’ new smiles to be absolutely dazzling and eye-catching, but never fake, thick or denture-like.  Experience does count.  My veneer work on Miss America participants was featured on Entertainment Tonight, and to work on these discerning beautiful women, I must produce the highest level of aesthetic dental artistry possible.  Achieving natural looking veneers depends upon many things...the type of veneer, how the teeth are sculpted, how the veneer color is interwoven with the patient’s hair, eye and skin color, the shape of the face, eyes, lips and mouth...all these things must be considered for outstanding results.   It’s a talent for blending dentistry with artistic skill, combined with the experience of placing thousands of veneers over many years, which creates beautifully natural smiles.  You deserve a great smile! 

Creating  an attractive, natural smile demands artistry and precision.   It’s important to your health, self-confidence, and in the way you see yourself, as well as how others see you, to have a nice healthy, complimentary smile.  There is no doubt that we can give you the smile of your dreams.  Don’t hesitate to visit me for a no fee consultation.   I can show you hundred of photos of my actual patients who have had their lives changed in a very positive way by having their smiles improved.  See for yourself why patients from Hawaii to Massachusetts come to Little Rock to see me for their dental needs.  I look forward to visiting with you in the very near future.  

 
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“SMILE-LIFT" IS INSTANT "FACE LIFT"

Q.  Recently, I got together with my girlfriends for our yearly “gals night out”. I noticed that one of my friends looked remarkably younger. When we excused ourselves to the “ladies room”, I asked her to be honest with me... “Have you had a facelift?” And, to my
surprise, she said.. “No, but I just had my teeth redone by Dr. Garner”. It was unbelievable the difference that it made. I couldn’t take my eyes off her smile. She truly looks ten years younger and now, of course, I want what she has! I’ll get my facelift in a few years, but I really want a “smile-lift” now. My dentist said that I don’t have any cavities so why would I want cosmetic dentistry? He just blew me off basically. It upset me, and I know without a doubt that my smile looks aged, and my teeth are making me look older than I want to be. I know now, more than ever before, what a great smile can do for a woman’s appearance. I’m bothered that my dentist can’t see beyond fillings and toothaches and listen to me.

A.  I really understand how you feel. Some dentists don’t feel confident or skilled in cosmetic dentistry, so it is natural for them not to recommend it. Seeing the smiles of dentists around the country, I can tell you that many don’t see the importance of having a
nice smile themselves. People come to me, hiding their smiles with their hands, avoiding smiling, avoiding eye contact and feeling like they’ve had their personalities subdued because of a fear of smiling. Each week, I hear patients with similar stories as yours, tell
me that it is even “painful” to smile. If you are not happy with your smile, that’s what matters. If that’s the case, the good news is that you do not have to have an unattractive smile any longer. With a simple consultation, we can review your particular smile and do a digital computer simulation to take a look at your smile options before any work is actually done. For most patients, I can easily correct the problems and create a new smile in just two visits spaced approximately one week apart. Creating an attractive smile demands artistry and precision. It’s important to your health, self-confidence, and in the way you see yourself, as well as how
others see you, to have a nice healthy, complimentary smile. There is no doubt that we can easily pull years off your face by giving you a healthier, more youthful smile. Don’t hesitate to visit me for a no fee consultation. I can show you hundred of photos of my actual patients who have had their lives changed in a very positive way by having their smiles improved. See for yourself why patients from Hawaii to Massachusetts come to Little Rock to see me for their dental needs. I look forward to visiting with you in the very near future.
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I CAN'T SMILE WITHOUT EMBARRASSMENT.

Q.  I am so self conscious about my ugly teeth, that I rarely smile.  I am only 32 years old, and I’m tired of hiding my smile.  I’m a pharmaceutical representative and I call on doctors all day, nearly every day.  I know that a better, friendlier smile would open more doors for me both personally and professionally.  Would you be willing to visit with me?

A.  Most definitely.   In today’s competitive market place, you can hardly afford to lose out because of an unattractive smile.  Repeated studies have shown that attractive people win over unattractive people, whether we like it or not.  Since the smile is one of the first things others notice about us during a first impression, you can hardly afford not to have a great smile.  For many professionals such as yourself, porcelain veneers may be just what you need to be at the top of your game.  Most likely, in just two visits, approximately one week apart, we can  take your worries of having ugly teeth away forever!  The best part will be is that while we are bringing your teeth back to a healthy condition, you can enjoy all the benefits of having a newer and brighter smile with
cosmetic dentistry. Your unattractive smile can be a thing of your past.  You will not believe the difference and the renewed confidence this can give you.  The trend today is for individuals to take the initiative in fixing or changing their image to have the best look they can have.  Call my office and we will go over your particular concerns.  With a simple consultation, we can review your individual smile and do a digital computer simulation to take a look at your smile options before any work is actually done.  We can discuss the latest  technology and help you select the best possible choice for the cosmetic enhancements you wish to obtain.  Creating  an attractive smile demands artistry and precision.   It’s important to your health, self-confidence, and in the way you see yourself, as well as how others see you, to have a nice healthy, complimentary smile.   See for yourself why patients from Hawaii to Massachusetts come to Little Rock to see me for their dental needs.  Image is such a crucial part of life.  It is my philosophy in cosmetic dentistry to be a partner in helping you meet your personal goals.   I look forward to visiting with you in the very near future.   
 
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I AM SCARED I WILL END UP IN DENTURES!

Q.  I am so nervous that I am going to lose my teeth and end up in dentures.  I am only 52 years old, but the thought of dentures brings chills down my spine.  My grandfather used to take his teeth out of his mouth to try and scare me when I was young.  I gave up on my own dentist awhile back.  My gums are receding and some of my front teeth are so worn down that the brown in my teeth are showing, but he won’t recommend doing anything?  Shouldn’t I be worried?

A.  Most definitely. Come in right away for a no fee consultation! Worn teeth and receding gums are warning signs to me that you need immediate attention.  Do not put this off any longer.  Receding gums can be an indication of periodontal disease which can result in tooth complications and eventual tooth loss.  Worn teeth where you are showing the brown dentin layer can lead to tooth sensitivity, root canals, and tooth loss as well.  Worn teeth can also be because you are clinching or grinding your teeth.  This is a serious problem, and should be remedied soon. Your prognosis can be good and you could free yourself of some major expense and problems down the road , if we can address them right now.  In just two visits, approximately one week apart, we can possibly take your worries of having dentures forever!  The best part will be is that while we are bringing your teeth back to a healthy condition, you can enjoy all the benefits of having a newer and brighter smile with cosmetic dentistry. Your unattractive smile can be a thing of your past after we replace your old crowns with natural, life-like ones that will protect your dentin layer.  You will not believe the difference and the renewed confidence this can give you.  The trend today is for individuals to take the initiative in fixing or changing their image to have the best look they can have.  Call my office and we will go over your particular concerns.  With a simple consultation, we can review your individual smile and do a digital computer simulation to take a look at your smile options before any work is actually done.  We can discuss the latest  technology and help you select the best possible choice for the cosmetic enhancements you wish to obtain.  Creating  an attractive smile demands artistry and precision.   It’s important to your health, self-confidence, and in the way you see yourself, as well as how others see you, to have a nice healthy, complimentary smile.   See for yourself why patients from Hawaii to Massachusetts come to Little Rock to see me for their dental needs.  Image is such a crucial part of life.  It is my philosophy in cosmetic dentistry to be a partner in helping you meet your personal goals.   I look forward to visiting with you in the very near future.  

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CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Q. Dr. Garner, I am 47. About a year ago, I found out that my husband of 19 years, was cheating on me. We have just concluded our divorce. He is dating a woman who is 32. As you can imagine, this has left me devastated. I never felt like I looked good enough for my husband. He was constantly making remarks about how I needed to lose weight (even though I work out at the gym 3 days a week) and was critical of how dark and bulky looking my teeth were. I received an antibiotic as a child that made my teeth unattractive. When I was in college, my parents had my teeth capped, and living in a rural community, the job back then was less than Hollywood! I have decided to begin dating (something that terrifies me), and I want to have my smile completely redone. I don't want the negative effects and bad emotional scars associated with my teeth, to hold me back. I am sorry to take so much of your time, but would you be willing to help me? I want to smile and never worry again about hiding my smile. I want 2004 to be the best year of my life.

A. You go girl! I applaud you for having the courage to change those things that you can change about yourself that you don't like. It is all up to you...and changing your smile so you can feel confident and good about yourself is something you can do quickly in as little as two visits a little over a week apart. Give me a call today and we will schedule a personal consultation and computer imaging. Your antibiotic stains were most likely left from tetracycline, and the dental correction is among one of the more difficult procedures dentists do. In an attempt to hide these dark stains, the teeth are crowned, veneered, or a bonding material is put over them. However, in most cases, the patient end up receiving thick and bulky teeth where the dark stains still bleed through the coverings. I have been working with tetracycline stained teeth for over 18 years, and I have perfected a treatment method that allows incredibly natural results to be obtained. I might add in closing, that I have male patients tell me all the time how attracted they are to women with great smiles. Thank you for writing to me. I would love t help you reach your goal of making 2004 the best year of your life. Come see for yourself why patients from Hawaii to Massachusetts come to see me for their cosmetic dental needs.

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