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Balancing Life and Dentistry! Part One :-)

September 14, 2016

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Customer Service — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 7:50 pm

Tips for balancing life with career, family, friends and self.

This article was submitted to the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry to keep the membership abreast of what’s happening in the world of credentialing.  I am far from an authority of life management but I do work on this daily and have found the following bullet points useful.  These ideas are intended to assist dentists who wish to improve their cosmetic dentistry skills by pursuing accreditation in the AACD, but I think the general principles apply to most of us. Hopefully you will too!

Keeping Life Balanced During Your Accreditation Journey!

Submitted by: Julie Gillis, DDS, AAACD

These before and after phtotographs display the enormous benefits to a patient choosing to have cosmetic dentistry by AACD accredited dentist, Julie M Gillis DDS. AAACD. Fluorosis stains on healthy teeth before and after treatment with porcelain veneers.

These before and after phtotographs display the enormous benefits to a patient choosing to have cosmetic dentistry by AACD accredited dentist, Julie M Gillis DDS. AAACD. Fluorosis stains on healthy teeth before and after treatment with porcelain veneers.

So, you have made the awesome decision to become a better cosmetic dentist by pursuing accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).  Great idea! The personal and professional rewards gained will make this process worth all of the effort you expend.  But first a word about keeping your sanity and your sense of fun!

Cardiologists Friedman and Roseman noted that some people in their waiting room – aka reception room in most dental offices – were unable to sit relaxed as they were waiting for their appointments.  Instead, this subset of patients waited impatiently sitting on the edges of their seats and standing up frequently.  The chairs wore down on the edges rather than the seat area as expected.  The doctors labeled this type of behavior as a ‘Type A personality.’ Research shows that people with this personality type run a higher risk of hypertension and heart disease. I want to minimize this!

Most dentists have type A personality and the process of accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) may occur during an especially stressful and busy time in a dentist’s career.  That’s okay!  You can do this! Based on a web search, people with type A behavior pattern tend to be competitive with themselves and with other dentists.  They also tend to be self-critical. They strive toward goals without feeling a sense of joy in their efforts or accomplishments. This may be related to a life imbalance.  There is no question that it is a juggle and possibly a struggle to manage a successful business, offer care, love, and support for a spouse and children, make time for family and friends, as well as having time and energy for personnel, spiritual and mental health.

I am certainly not an authority at life management. In fact, I work at this on a daily basis.  I will share the things that have made and continue to make a difference for me in the hopes that these ideas might be useful to others. Balancing life is especially difficult during times when you are challenged to push yourself to achieve the best possible results on a deadline as happens during the rewarding journey towards accreditation in the AACD!

  • Tackle the accreditation process in small portions and set reasonable goals.

When I became accredited, you were required to present all five cases at the same time in front of a group of accredited dentists/examiners at the AACD annual meeting.  And we had to use slides!  Imagine not knowing until the next day how your photos turned out!  The process is much more friendly, doable, and streamlined now.  Just pick your favorite case type or the ideal one that walks in your front door and work on getting just that one case documented and submitted. Just do it! Use your mentor and all the useful guides available through the AACD.  Your second, third, fourth, and fifth cases will be easier.  Really, they will!  If is okay to fail – like continuing education, the learning process improves your skills.  Someone very cool once said, “If you take risk out of life, then you take opportunity out of life.”

  • Enjoy a positive attitude.

You really do have control of your attitude and having a positive attitude will make your life better and the accreditation process easier!  Accreditation in the AACD is a time consuming yet fun process – not hard and stressful!  It is a simple matter of attitude!  i.e., Weeding the garden – fun, why? It will be like exercise, there is the potential of a suntan, the garden will look better, and I can pick the goods for dinner!

Smile Naturally Again!

December 17, 2015

Smile Naturally Again!

Dazzling smiles look natural and feel comfortable.

Dazzling smiles look natural and feel comfortable.

Why is it that these days you can’t tell whether someone’s terrific smile is a gift of nature or has been revitalized by dentistry?  (more…)

Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health in Western Colorado

September 15, 2015

Canted midline and opaque porcelain make this smile less attractive than it could be.

Canted midline and opaque porcelain crowns make this smile less attractive than it could be.

 There are many reasons to replace crowns – poor aesthetics is one of them!

Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health with Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

This is our office‘s byline, so it is fun to show one of many beautiful results!  All-porcelain crowns replace the existing porcelain fused to metal crowns that had metal below the porcelain.  Metal is often used to strengthen and support porcelain in dental crowns, however we currently have better, stronger, more aesthetic all-porcelain crowns available for our patients!

White and straight is 'beautiful' in almost all cultures!

Same smile improved with all-porcelain crowns!  White and straight is ‘beautiful’ in almost all cultures!


Up close you can see defective crown margins and the bone loss that has occured

Up close you can see defective porcelain fused to metal crown margins and the bone loss that has occurred.


Gorgeous smile highlights a beautiful face!

Gorgeous smile highlights a beautiful face!







The porcelain crowns done previously for this lovely lady were opaque due to the underlying metal.  The existing porcelain crowns were too large for the patient’s mouth, her smile line was canted, the margins of several of the crowns were defective meaning that bacteria could get below the crown edges and cause decay, and the midline was not vertical as it should be!

Note the much improved smile with cosmetic dentistry in the Grand Junction, Colorado office of Dr. Julie Gillis with cosmetic dentistry and all porcelain crowns!  Our office sees patients from all over the Western slope including Grand Junction, Aspen, Palisade, Clifton, Fruita, and many surrounding communities.  Please call our office at (970) 242-3635 for information on all porcelain crowns, cosmetic dentistry, or just ways to make your mouth healthier or your smile brighter!

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Porcelain Veneers – No Wonder They Have Been Called “Instant Orthodontics!”

November 16, 2012

Color is good but not the alignment!

Porcelain Veneers or Instant Orthodontics?

Carla was concerned about her crooked anterior teeth and wanted to see what could be done to improve her smile.  We discussed the options and advantages/disadvantages of orthodontics and porcelain veneers or some combination of these two. Braces were an option to improve the alignment, but she did not want to do this.  Even if the teeth were aligned well there would still be problems of tooth wear, tooth chipping and less than beautiful tooth anatomy. Porcelain veneers can correct these issues as well as improve a smile in as little as two dental visits.  No wonder porcelain veneers have been considered ‘instant orthodontics’ – because the teeth may look like the patient has completed years of orthodontic treatment!

A natural looking, beautiful smile achieved with porcelain veneers!


Our office completed study models for Carla to preview what could be done with porcelain veneers.  She chose this plan and has been happy with this choice for years!  Please call us if you have questions about porcelain veneers or other dental treatment questions.

Before "Instant Orthodontics" and porcelain veneers

After "Instant Orthodontics" and porcelain veneers


Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.

The result after porcelain veneers?  A happy patient and a beautiful smile!

A beautiful smile after porcelain veneers!

We love to give our patient’s information and options about their dental treatment – cosmetic or otherwise!  Dr. Gillis has advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and is an Accredited Dentist with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Our office is dedicated to helping you save your teeth and helping you to maintain a healthy mouth.  We would be happy to answer your questions about porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, options for your treatment and your dental health! Please visit us on Facebook (see Julie Gillis DDS PC) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jmgdds@qwestoffice.net for further information.


Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”

An All-Porcelain Bridge and Porcelain Veneers Bring Beauty to This Smile

April 23, 2012

Cosmetic Dentistry including porcelain veneers and an all-porcelain bridge brings healthy beauty to this smile.

This lateral incisor tips into the lip and has almost no root left!

Our patient was unhappy with her smile.  Her right lateral incisor tipped towards her lip and she was not happy with the color and shape of the other front teeth.  Additionally, the tipped incisor was loose and had almost no root remaining – see adjacent xray.  We were able to restore her smile with a conservative two-unit all-porcelain cantilever bridge and porcelain veneers.  When a tooth is lost due to decay or gum disease, or as in this case, a problem with the root of the tooth, a fixed dental bridge is a good way to restore the missing tooth. A dental bridge can be thought of as a false tooth, and can be used to repace a single missing tooth, or several adjacent teeth. Fixed bridge means this type of all-porcelain bridge does not come out, and if done correctly, feels like your natural teeth.

A porcelain veneer is a thin, translucent shell of porcelain that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color and shape.  Porcelain Veneers can be used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained or dark teeth.

Dental implants are another way to replace missing teeth and we will review these in future blogs!

This information shared with you by Julie Gillis, DDS PCOur office is located  in Grand Junction, Colorado.  We feel that your dental health is the top priority. and if we can make your smile more attractive while improving your health that is wonderful! Dr. Gillis practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, implants, crowns, bridges and periodontal care.  Our office website is www.juliegillisds.com.  For further information, please contact us at (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better health,

 Julie Gillis, DDS, “Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health”

Note the tipped incisor and slightly crooked teeth

The restored teeth have better alignment, and a natural color!


Types of dental bridges: In general, there are 3 types of dental bridges used today: all metal, porcelain fused to metal, and all-porcelain bridges. All metal bridges have fallen out of favor due to the poor esthetics. Porcelain fused to metal bridges are strong and esthetically pleasing, but they do have drawbacks. Over time the gums may recede, exposing the little metal gray line that you may have seen in a person’s mouth. A tell-tale sign that the teeth are false!

The third type of bridge is an all porcelain bridge. These bridges are the most esthetically pleasing of the three. All-Porcelain bridges can be made to look almost identical to your natural teeth.  Today, with new techniques and improved porcelain, the all porcelain bridge has become a very good choice for replacing a missing tooth.

Replacing a missing tooth with a fixed bridge involves two appointments:

At the first appointment, the tooth or teeth that are supporting the bridge are shaped and an impression is taken to make a working stone model for the dental laboratory. During the time that the laboratory is creating your new all-porcelain bridge, you will have a temporary bridge in your mouth.

At the next appointment, the temporary bridge is removed, and the new all porcelain bridge is tried on to make sure that both you and Dr. Gillis are happy with the fit, the color and the shape. Dr. Gillis will check your bite, make sure that you can floss adequately, and be sure that the color is a good match to your adjacent teeth. If you and Dr. Gillis are completely happy with the bridge, your new all-porcelain dental bridge will be bonded into place.

For our patient shown here, we created an all porcelain cantilever bridge using support from the adjacent canine tooth to replace the missing lateral incisor and we fabricated custom porcelain veneers for the other anterior teeth. Our patient can easily floss between the lateral and central incisor and floss below the missing tooth.

The result! A lovely, healthy smile that will last for years!

Please contact our office if you have questions about porcelain veneers, all-porcelain bridges or any other dental question.  We would be happy to help you!  Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.

Restoring health, restoring smiles!

Dr. Julie Gillis

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