TORONTO--(Marketwire - Sep 12, 2012) - According to recent statistics from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), 99.7 percent of Americans believe a smile to be an important social asset. However, another study from the AACD also estimates that over half of American adults are unsatisfied with their smile and 66 to 75 percent have some degree of malocclusion (crooked teeth), which could be treated by modern procedures. Dr. Susie Ang, a cosmetic dentist in Toronto says a growing number of patients at her practice have begun to take advantage of the opportunity to improve their smiles and regain self-confidence through the advanced smile makeover options that have emerged over the past few years.

While celebrities and television shows like Extreme Makeover and The Swan have popularized perfect teeth, Dr. Ang says a majority of the patients requesting cosmetic dentistry in Toronto are looking for natural results and subtle enhancements, rather than flashy, "done-up" procedures. She says patients are often most concerned with removing stains and improving the color of their teeth; however, alignment and shape also play a large role in the ideal smile for many people. Thanks to the growing developments in aesthetic techniques and technology, she says patients now have the ability to make significant changes to their smile through discreet, effective treatments such as porcelain veneers or teeth whitening.

"Usually patients want to have a whiter, brighter smile," says Dr. Ang. "They want to alter the color as well as create better alignment. Patients may have cavities, or they may have chipped their teeth on a fork or something and a piece of the tooth is missing. Closing gaps is also a popular choice for many patients."

Dr. Ang says the most common question she hears at her practice is, "I don't like the look of this tooth, what are my options?" However, to begin the smile makeover process, she stresses the importance of a thorough evaluation of the patient's goals. After determining how each patient defines beauty in his or her own eyes, she says the next step is to create a customized treatment plan that utilizes a wax molding to ensure the final outcome meets each patient's exact needs. By devoting extensive time to getting to know the patient, Dr. Ang says she is able to use fewer procedures while still producing effective, natural-looking results.

"We want to get at the patient's motivation and figure out what the problem is that they want to fix," she says. "What does beautiful mean to them? Their perception of what a beautiful smile is might be very different than mine as a dentist, so we want to help create a look that works for the patient."

As cosmetic dentistry techniques continue to evolve and patients express more and more interest in aesthetic procedures, Dr. Ang says the possibilities for improving patient's smiles become endless. However, regardless of whether they are looking for teeth whitening or porcelain veneers in Toronto, she urges patients to consult with an experienced and qualified cosmetic dentist before undergoing any treatment.

About Susie Ang, DDS

Dr. Susie Ang graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry and has undergone several extensive educational courses including a postgraduate program in Esthetic Dentistry at SUNY Buffalo. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the Toronto Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Dento-Facial Esthetics, and several other professional organizations. Dr. Ang also recently became a member of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, having been selected for the quality of her results as well as her dedication to continued education.

Located at 675 Cochrane Drive Suite 508 in Markham, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Ang's practice can be reached at (866) 601-4439. Dr. Ang can also be contacted online via the website

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