Scottsdale Cosmetic Dentist Co-Designs Optimal Treatment Plans With His Patients
Dr. Todd Mabry uses photographs and diagnostic models to help patients assess their own smiles and articulate their personal aesthetic goals.
Scottsdale, AZ – Dr. Todd Mabry, a Scottsdale dentist, believes that healthy, beautiful teeth can have a significant impact on a person’s appearance and self-esteem. Since a smile can often play an important role in first impressions, Dr. Mabry says many of his patients visit his private practice and say, “I want to fix my smile.”
As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mabry takes an aesthetic and conservative approach to dentistry. When a new patient comes in for a consultation, he says he begins the process with an evaluation that he conducts alongside his patients: “I take photos of the patient’s mouth and then we sit down, look at their smile, and see what is actually bothering them.”
Many times, Dr. Mabry notices aspects of a patient’s teeth and gums that are above and beyond what the patient knows or understands can be adjusted or fixed. As an example, Dr. Mabry highlights that a patient might visit his office complaining of an upper tooth being chipped or broken without realizing that a lower tooth is the cause. He says patients may require Invisalign® or another orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth before the cosmetic concerns can be addressed.
Other common cases include patients who want to lengthen shorter teeth but also have an irregular gumline. If Dr. Mabry were simply to address the tooth length, he says the patient may not realize that lengthening the teeth alone could make their irregular gumline more pronounced.
Similarly, the Scottsdale dentist says if patients request to close spaces between their teeth and their teeth are of average length, adding breadth to those the teeth will cause them to appear disproportionately wide. Keeping in mind “golden proportions,” Dr. Mabry strives to work with his patients to co-diagnose their unique circumstances and to jointly develop a treatment plan so they understand what to expect in regard to results.
At his Scottsdale cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Mabry often utilizes diagnostic models to achieve the most effective results for his patients. After taking impressions of the patients’ teeth, he sends those impressions to a lab that adds wax to lengthen and widen teeth and fill in spaces. Once these temporary teeth are fabricated, Dr. Mabry says his patients can have a good idea of what to expect for the final, permanent results: “There is no guesswork involved. The temporaries are what we use for planning, just like an architect uses a blueprint. They allow patients to not only see but also test-drive the teeth in case the final product needs adjusting.”
According to Dr. Mabry, even the impact of temporary teeth can be astonishing. Before his patients receive their final product, he says they often tell him how others are noticing a positive change, complimenting them on their looks, and saying that they have a more youthful appearance.
About Todd Mabry, DDS
A graduate of the University of Arizona, Dr. Todd Mabry earned his dental degree at Marquette University School of Dentistry. In addition to running his private cosmetic dentistry practice, he serves as a volunteer dentist for the John C. Lincoln Children’s Dental Clinic. Dr. Mabry is available for interview upon request.