According to a 2011 survey of cosmetic dentists by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most common patient problems are chipped, discolored, or uneven teeth. Dr. John Cross, a dentist in Newport Beach, CA, says that addressing each of these issues on a personalized, patient-focused plan is the key to a healthy and satisfying smile. He adds that smile makeovers are a comprehensive cosmetic treatment option that has been growing in popularity in the dental field.
For Newport Beach dentist Dr. John Cross and his cosmetic dentistry practice, OC Lifesmiles, smile makeovers often consist of a comprehensive treatment plan in several areas of dentistry. Each makeover tailors a combination of procedures to achieve the patient’s desired results. Typical procedures include the application of porcelain veneers, clear teeth aligners known as Invisalign®, or teeth whitening to improve the aesthetic quality of teeth.
The AACD also produced a national survey stating that 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset, and that 74% of adults feel an unattractive smile can adversely affect a person’s chances for employment success. Teeth whitening ranked as the top cosmetic dental procedure prescribed to consumers. Dr. Cross says that everyone deserves to be proud of their smile, and that a smile makeover can help build self-confidence and improve the quality of life for his patients. He adds that the important things to look for in a dental practice when considering a smile makeover are the quality of care and the practice’s commitment to the patient’s desired results. “Having a beautiful smile can be very significant, but patients need to think about their overall health and oral health when choosing a cosmetic dentist. For quality long term results, it is important to select a dentist with extensive education, training, and experience.”
About Dr. Cross
Dr. John Cross received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. Following his time at UCSD, he completed his D.D.S. program at the University of the Pacific, San Francisco. After a one-year residency at the University of Southern California, Dr. Cross settled in Orange County where he currently practices cosmetic dentistry. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Cross is also a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, an Invisalign preferred provider, a California Center for Advanced Dental Studies instructor, and is accredited in sedation dentistry, Zoom!® teeth whitening, and Invisalign®. He is also the incoming President for 2012 of the United States Dental Tennis Association.