In 2014, Forbes reported that the latest and most innovative anti-aging procedures were to be found not in dermatological techniques or plastic surgery; but instead, the groundbreaking procedures were developing in a unique and highly skilled subspecialty within the field of dentistry. Comparing improvement of a smile to a face lift, by the end of the report most readers have added cosmetic dental procedures to their bucket list and a specialist to their speed dial.
Anti-Aging and Cosmetic Dentistry is a specialty within the field of dentistry which takes into account the changes in appearance which occur in an individual’s teeth as they age. Color, positioning and the normal wear and tear characterizing the overall appearance of one’s teeth are in a constant state of change and flux. While all dentists have as a goal the health and wellbeing of their patients, Anti-Aging and Cosmetic dentists factor in the overall happiness of an individual who is negatively affected by the appearance of their teeth; in essence, their smile. As one patient points out, what good is a face lift if the bottom third of the face is unattractive?
For almost 3 decades Dr. Kourosh Maddahi has been helping individuals achieve the maximum amount of oral health and general well being with all issues dental. In fact, he has seen over 8,000 patients and become a sought after media commentator, educator and consultant. Shows like: Oprah, Extreme Makeover, 10 Years Younger, The Doctor’s Show, Extra, Entertainment Tonight; as well as news stations ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, KABC, KTLA, FOX and KCAL have all featured Dr. Maddahi. He believes in education. With a passion for education, Dr. Maddahi fervently adheres to the belief and practice that through extensive education (well beyond what the industry requires) groundbreaking discoveries can and will be made. Such is his dedication that he has been voted one of the Top Dentists in America (in the Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Specialties) by the Consumer Research Council of America. He has also been the recipient of the “Best of Beverly Hills Award” by the United States Commerce Association. Dr. Maddahi graduated from UCLA in 1983 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree and from the USC School of Dentistry in 1987. He is the author of an Amazon BestSelling Book“AntiAging, Today he is in private practice in Beverly Hills, California.
Dr. Maddahi, how many hours do you work each week and do you have time leftover to spend with family, friends and in pursuit of hobbies?
I work 35 hours per week and yes, I am able to spend time with family, friends and in pursuit of hobbies. I play tennis once a week and work out 3 times a week. Mountain biking and skiing are my other hobbies.
W hy did you want to enter the field of dentistry?
The ability to help people and at the same time repair or create a smile they never had before. The pleasure from the creativity is unmatched.
Did you have a mentor, a person who inspired you or an experience which led you to your career field?
Yes. My professor from USC dental school Dr. Daftary. I shared an office with him for 13 years.
What characteristics do you think allow someone to thrive in this career field?
Patience, being a good listener and creativity.
What have been the characteristics that have allowed you to be successful?
My ability to really listen to my patients as to their needs and wants then exceeding their expectations. Continually finding ways to perform procedures painlessly and faster.
What gets you excited about your job and why?
Creating a new smile or helping a patient to regain their self confidence due to their smile.
On a scale from 110 how hard was it to get where you are now? Was it worth the hard work and expense?
It’s been a 10 because I started from scratch to where I am today. It was definitely worth it.
In your opinion, what have been the 4 most exciting breakthroughs in your career field within the last 5 years?
Digital imaging, all ceramic restorations, use of CAD CAM machines, lasers.
What one thing would you like to see changed in your field?
Better use of lasers.
What do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your career?
Huge numbers of people that I have helped and that their lives have become much better directly from me working on them.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to follow in your footsteps?
Make sure you really love the field, be willing to consistently work hard and be creative no matter how successful you have become.
A Day in the Life of Dr. Maddahi
“I see patients in my office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Tuesday and Thursday I workout from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and I am in my office at 9 a.m. for my first patient. On Wednesdays, I attend meetings of other companies I am involved in. I also reserve this day for any large case or VIP patients that have tight schedules. On Sunday I play tennis from 911 am. Each day, I begin at 6a.m.
6:00 a.m. My day begins. I start by doing research on relevant subjects about the relationship between the mouth and the rest of the body for my upcoming book.
7:00-8:00 a.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I do my workout and I am at the office by 9 a.m. for my first patient.
12:00 p.m. I have a quick lunch at my desk in my office, unless I am working on a patient and that varies. Since I specialize in Anti-Aging and Cosmetic Dentistry, there are several patients that find out how quickly this can actually occur and so become excited to start treatment and will often do so on the same day. I of course accommodate their schedules whenever possible.
On any given day there is a large amount of brief meetings, phone calls and other things that come up, require my attention and/or approval to move forward on. Out of my office is not only
the dental practice where I am the only treating dentist, but we also have Oral Essentials, our oral hygiene line running out of the same facility so there is lots to do!
6:00-7:00 p.m. I am usually wrapping up with patients, meeting with some of my staff if there is any coordination needed and then I head home.
I spend the remainder of the evening with my family; my wife and three children. Once we have had dinner and all are settled in, I resume my work on my upcoming book, researching different ideas and compiling them all in my notes. I usually spend several hours on this and, every now and then, even wake up around 3 or 4 a.m. with an idea or answer emails, before heading back to bed and starting again at 6 a.m. As much as I look forward to Sundays and playing tennis, there is nothing that gives me more joy than seeing the look on my patients’ face when they see they have the smile they’ve always dreamed of! For that, tennis can wait.
Thank You Dr. Kourosh Maddahi!