Diagnostic records are taken at the initial examination, and are an invaluable part of the evaluation process. These digital x-rays and photographs are not only used in the evaluation process, but also serve to document time points in a patient’s growth and development. However, these records fall short in a full evaluation because they are viewed on a two-dimensional computer screen. Therefore, our emphasis is placed on the clinical exam, rather than just the diagnostic record evaluation.
It is only during the clinical examination that we can observe how the smile animates the face. Care must be taken because treatment solutions may affect a desired attribute of the face or smile. Therefore, Dr. Cook strives to protect all of the positive attributes of your smile, eliminating the bad things and keeping the good.
The face is commonly only viewed in three physical dimensions. However, a critical fourth dimension – time – is often overlooked. As a child becomes an adult and then a mature adult, many facial changes occur. The best treatment solution anticipates these types of changes.
Dr. Cook’s focus for the final treatment plan goal revolves around the appearance and esthetics of the face and smile. This requires careful evaluation of the macro, mini, and micro-esthetics of both.