Are Your Teeth Doing the Talking?

    Your smile communicates a great deal about your self-image and how you relate to others.


    By Dr. Bill Dorfman


    Ever noticed how distracting it is when someone you’re talking to has badly stained teeth?  Don’t you think this affects how you respond to them?


    Of course it does…and with all the whitening and cosmetic options available to you today, there’s no reason why anyone—not to mention, you–should live with a less-than-great smile.


    If you are concerned about your teeth, you might want to consider the options available to you.  One great option that’s available between now and June 10, 2014 is The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)’s ‘Smile Story’ makeover contest. Up to five grand-prize winners will receive a smile makeover valued at up to $20,000! You can enter by going to


    In addition to the ‘Smile Story’ contest by the AACD, here are three other ways to achieve a white, beautiful smile:


    1. Philips Zoom In-Office Whitening


    Have you heard about Zoom! in office whitening?  It’s done in a dentist’s office and it only takes about one hour…and gets consistently great results.  Ask your dentist or hygienist for more information.


    1. NiteWhite or DayWhite Take-Home Tray Whitening


    For those who prefer a take-home option, Philips Zoom NiteWhite or DayWhite are highly effective options that you can wear during, that’s right, the day or night.


     3)  Porcelain Veneers –


    In some cases, your dentist might suggest porcelain veneers, which are probably the most aesthetically pleasing restorative option to shape up your smile.  Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made laminates that are permanently bonded directly to your teeth.  They have become increasingly popular and are a great and durable option for changing the size, shape, position and color of your teeth.


    And, by the way, did you know that it’s possible to actually change the color of your gums?  You may have the most beautiful, even, white teeth in the world…but if your gums are discolored or have dark patches, you may not have the smile of your dreams. Ask your cosmetic dentist about a procedure that uses a series of solutions that act somewhat like a chemical peel for skin.  It’s simple and effective but is only done in a dentist’s office.


    Whichever is the right choice for you, your new smile will tell everyone who sees you that you feel great because you look great.  It says that you feel good about yourself and are, therefore, capable of feeling good about them.  Your smile communicates a great deal about your self-image and how you relate to others.  A positive self-image is something everyone likes to “see.”



    There’s really no reason why you shouldn’t have a great smile with all the options available to you today.  It’s also easier than ever to maintain your oral health than ever before. 


    Consider entering AACD’s Smile Story contest if you’re not happy with your smile. All you have to do is submit your story and why you deserve a new smile by clicking here before June 10, 2014. Then tell your friends and family to go on and vote for you! Grand-prize winners will be announced in September. No matter where you are or where you want to be in your life, I believe a beautiful smile can make a big difference.  If you need to find a great cosmetic dentist to explore some of the treatment options I’ve mentioned, try the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry at



    Dr. Bill Dorfman is not just a famous cosmetic dentist, he is the famous cosmetic dentist. Affectionately known as “America’s Dentist,” Dr. Bill is widely recognized world wide as a leading dentist who is responsible for creating smiles for many of Hollywood’s brightest stars. In fact, Dr. Dorfman has become a star in his own right as the featured dentist on the hit ABC series, “Extreme Makeover,” where he performed amazing dental transformations on the show’s participants as well as the number one guest co-host on the new syndicated daytime talk show, “The Doctors.” In addition, Dr. Dorfman is a world-renowned lecturer and author of the best-selling cosmetic dentistry book, The Smile Guide and the NY Times bestseller Billion Dollar Smile.