One of the things we’ve found about our patients is that when they come into our office, they often don’t know what they’re trying to achieve with dental treatments. Most come in with a vague sense that they’re unhappy with their current oral health and/or appearance of their teeth. But what the ultimate goal of treatment should be is a lot less clear.

That’s why a detailed discussion of your goals is an essential part of your first visit to the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Nashville, TN.

See Your Teeth for the First Time

Before we begin talking about your goals, we want to make sure we both have the same understanding of the current state of your teeth and mouth. To do this, Dr. Kent E. White will take detailed digital images of your teeth and put them up on the screen so that you can see your teeth the way he sees them. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Forbes has always used magnification when treating his patients, so he’s used to seeing teeth at this scale, but for many people, this is an eye-opener.

You think you know your teeth, but you’ve only really been looking at them in the mirror, so you haven’t gotten a real close-up look at what’s going on in your mouth. But this is critical to establishing your goals. Not only does this allow you to see the current problems, but it helps you to understand how new problems may be developing and what might be done to head them off.

Listening, Learning, and Planning

Next, Dr. Forbes will listen to your experience and your concerns. He’ll want to know what problems you’ve experienced and why they made you decide to come into our office. We’ll want to know about your previous dental experiences and why you feel you might need a change.

Then Dr. Forbes will help connect your experience with what you’re seeing on the screen. You’ll understand what, exactly is giving you trouble and how it can be solved.

Finally, Dr. Forbes will discuss potential goals with you. We’ll want to establish both short-term goals and long-term goals. Short term goals will typically resolve everything that brought you in. We can eliminate pain, straighten your teeth, give you a smile makeover, or treat your TMJ.

If short-term goals take care of all that, you might wonder why we need to make long-term goals. We don’t want to get into a situation where we solve one problem, then another one crops up. A long-term goal helps keep us on track to ensure your oral health and beauty now and in the long run.

Your long-term goals may be, for example, keeping your teeth for life. Or, maybe that’s not realistic given your current oral health, so instead we’re looking at managing tooth loss and planning dental implants so that you can always have a full set of functional, pain-free teeth at any given time.Or maybe you’re concerned about maintaining your youthful appearance for decades to come.

Are You Ready to Get the Best Smile of Your Life?

If you are unhappy with the health or beauty of your smile, we can help. We can also help you decide not only what you want to get away from, but what you’re working toward.

To get started developing your dental goals, please call (615) 383-6787 today for an appointment with Dr. Kent White at the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Nashville, TN.

Testimonials

The new owner of Center For Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Mckinnon Forbes has done several procedures on me when was practicing in North Carolina and I... read more

Beverly A.

Dr. White is an amazing dentist, and he has a dedicated and skilled team working with him. Having full mouth restoration, I have only good things to... read more

Diane J.

When visiting Dr White's office, you realize that the staff is very welcoming from start to finish. The experience is always pleasant and you know... read more

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Beverly A.

The new owner of Center For Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Mckinnon Forbes has done several procedures on me when was practicing in North Carolina and I must say that Dr. Forbes has greatly exceeded my expectations. I still travel to Nashville to his new office to see him. After having dental procedures by a variety of dentists in the past, I found Dr. Forbes to be extremely knowledgeable, gentle and explained my options in a manner that was understandable while not being pushy. Dr. Forbes has a great demeanor and chairside manner and I am exceedingly happy with the results of his work.

Diane J.

Dr. White is an amazing dentist, and he has a dedicated and skilled team working with him. Having full mouth restoration, I have only good things to say. Dr. White is extremely skilled and genuinely cares for his patients. He listens and hears what his patients say all while applying his professional and knowledgeable expertise. He explains what he does, before and during the procedure. Dr. White and his staff are cutting edge always continuing their education in order to provide the best for their patients and the dental profession.

Bryen S.

When visiting Dr White's office, you realize that the staff is very welcoming from start to finish. The experience is always pleasant and you know you can expect professionalism as well as confidence in the knowledge and experience of treatment you are being provided. I certainly recommend Dr. White's practice to anyone who cares about high quality dentistry.

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