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Patient Story: Investing in Your Future with a Smile Makeover

How Erin's smart investments gave her a brighter future

Do you shy away from having your photo taken or hate how your smile looks in photographs?

As a matter of fact, a large proportion of American adults feel the same.

And this is exactly how Erin felt, leaving her without any ideas for fixing the problem.

That is, until she met with Dr. GormanThis link leads to Doctor’s page at The Gorman Center for Fine DentistryThis link leads to Home page.

“I never enjoyed seeing myself in a photo and always hated how my smile looked.”


Erin came to Dr. Gorman with more than just oral issues. Without support from previous dentists, Erin lacked knowledge and belief in her ability to fix the problems:

  • Inconsistent tooth coloring
  • Incorrect bite due to tooth wear
  • Morning headaches from an incorrect bite
  • Lack of self-confidence and belief

Through initial exams and discussions with Dr. Gorman, Erin realized her desire for a smile makeover was strong enough to warrant the investment.

A close-up showing the inconsistent color of Erin’s teeth

“Every question and concern was answered with patience and understanding.”

Personalized Treatment Plan

To create an overall treatment plan, Dr. Gorman considers several factors when assessing a patient. These factorsThis link leads to Smile Design page are divided into three groups:

  • Flaws
  • Uniqueness
  • Treatments

Erin’s smile makeover was divided into two main stages; the preparation and the treatment.

The preparation stage involved improving the color to match the veneersThis link leads to Veneers page and correcting her bite.

The treatment was the placement of ten veneers in Erin’s smile zone.

Erin’s smile makeover plan consisted of the following:

  • Whitening
  • Bite correction
  • Veneers



Dr. Steve Gorman provides two forms of teeth whiteningThis link leads to Teeth Whitening page services; in the office and at home.

The in-office whitening system – Philips Zoom…Click to open a new window to the Philips website…, can lighten teeth up to eight shades in one visit.

With the at-home bleaching service, you can whiten your teeth whenever convenient, as several special formulas are available based on your needs.

There are many benefits of teeth whitening, but related to Erin, we were looking for the following:

  • Looks more attractive and friendly to others
  • Instantly boost your self-confidence
  • One of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments
  • Teeth will look healthier and less flawed

Both methods can erase years of discoloration and staining, giving you a transformed smile.

Bite correction

Although Erin had a reasonable bite, it had been affected by her clenching and grinding habit.

With Erin, the main intentions for correcting her bite included the following:

  • Stop and prevent further dental damage
  • Improve her overall health
  • Reduce or remove her headaches
  • Boost her mood

“Without the headaches, my mornings are pain-free.”


The final part of the whole process was to place ten veneers in Erin’s ‘smile zone.’


Veneers are strong, smooth, and resistant to abrasion and staining, making them more durable than natural enamel.

They can help correct a range of cosmetic issues, including:

  • Misalignment
  • Chips
  • Gaps
  • Discoloration

These restorations are crafted to be extremely thin and are permanently adhered to the front surfaces of teeth.

Dr. Steve Gorman collaborates closely with AACD-accredited ceramist Edgar Jimenez to provide a unique approach to the design and creation of veneers.

“I’m so pleased that Dr. Gorman was able to help me realize that I needed to invest in my smile.”

Final Outcome

A close-up of Erin’s smile after treatment

Erin was a perfect candidate for veneers owing to her broad smile and the general condition of her teeth.

Although her bite needed attention, as did the color of her teeth, she presented a good prospect for the chosen treatment.

Speaking with Erin, it is clear to see her confidence has skyrocketed with her new smile, and as we can see in the images, she has the results to prove it!

“I’m so thankful that I found the Gorman Center! I love my teeth.”

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The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry is located in North Oaks, MN…Click to open directions in Google Maps…. With a national reputation, patients travel from other states to receive care at The Gorman Center.

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