Practicing in Beverly Hills and Manhattan, with experience that spans more than 20 years and several Northeastern states, Dr. Thomas Connelly delivers world class dental aesthetics to patients from all walks of life. Counted among those who have had their smiles beautified by Dr. Connelly are runway models, executives, moms, celebrities, firefighters, police, sports stars, and people from every other conceivable profession. Indeed, he has built his reputation by inviting everyone into his practice - he's just as likely to work with a housewife or an up and coming junior executive as he is a movie or sports star. Dr. Connelly's patients have graced the covers of more than 300 magazines internationally, including Vogue, Bazaar, Elle, and the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. He is responsible for many of the beautiful smiles that have appeared on Dancing with the Stars, The Apprentice, and the Victoria's Secret fashion show. Undoubtedly, you have seen his work. And if you think you may have seen Dr. Connelly himself somewhere, well you just may have - he is the spokesperson for luxury global retailer 32, and can be seen on HSN weekly. Accredited by the American Society of Dental Aesthetics - the most prestigious and selective credentialing organization in the world for Aesthetic Dentistry - Dr. Connelly is also a Fellow in the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics; in fact, Dr. Connelly was nominated into this academy by the Father of Cosmetic Dentistry - Dr. Irwin Smigel himself. Dr. Connelly received his dental training at the Mayo Clinic, the University of Detroit Mercy, and Louisiana State University, and has also served as a clinical professor in two Ivy League schools - (previously at Harvard University Dental School in Boston, and currently as an assistant professor at Columbia Dental School). He is also a writer for the internationally renowned Huffington Post, a regular contributor for FOX National News, and featured in numerous print and television segments on Cosmetic Dentistry and oral health.
We know that all dentists are not created equally; we have seen the bad veneer makeovers glowing in the dark (chicklet teeth), and the dental crown smiles with black lines showing thru the gums. Did you know that a big part of these dental nightmares is determined by the ceramist that your dentist chooses to work with? Dentists can use small "boutique" style ceramists that create each tooth like a sculpture - or they can opt for a veneer from a national chain type laboratory that spits veneers out of a machine for sometimes 90% less cost! In 2002 I founded Oral Design Boston, a ceramics laboratory, on Newbury street in Boston, MA with world- renowned ceramist Yasu Kawabe from Japan. From importing rare porcelain vacuumed furnaces from Germany and Hawaii, to testing microscopes and elaborate porcelain combinations - I was involved extensively in developing the technical and laboratory portion of high end porcelain veneer fabrication. Understanding and managing every step in the process is vital to ensure superb porcelain aesthetics when dealing with high-level cosmetic dentistry. Some of the most published Cosmetic Dentists do not understand the technical aspect of veneer fabrication and proper material specifications. Critical information is frequently skipped or omitted in the dental veneering process, simply because dentists have been able to "get by" without truly understanding each and every step. This is just one of the many aspects of cosmetic dentistry that people need to investigate when choosing their cosmetic dentist - who is their dentist's ceramist, and how involved is your dentist going to be in the laboratory process." Truly beautiful veneers are interpreted as beautiful teeth. These veneers are stealth to everyone's eyes and subconscious. The optical properties of the porcelain are the key. When I write "optical properties" what I am saying is - the way human eyes perceive light reflecting and passing through the veneers.
Here are facts I must elaborate and simplify before I continue:
So when we are creating porcelain veneers, we want to use a porcelain that reflects light, in the same manner and degree as human enamel reflects light. We also want the structure of the material (the lattice work, framing, building blocks) of the veneer to be assembled similarly to human enamel. Otherwise, even thought a material may be white, as we see above; it doesn't necessarily mean it will look like a tooth. Dentists have choices when they decide which technician will make your porcelain veneers. Dentists can choose veneers milled by a machine from a block of engineered solid glass Lucite. Or your dentist can choose veneers made by hand, layer after layer, by a trained artists out of feldspathic porcelain or lithium dislocate. There are many laboratories, material and technicians. It is very important for you to understand this process so you can be a part of the decision making when your dentist sends your work to be fabricated.
We use hand stacked, feldspathic and lithium disilicate porcelain by Michel Magne from Switzerland, and Sam Alawie from Belgium from Oral Design Beverly Hills.
Michel Magne is born in la Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland ) in 1958. He grew up and followed his primary education in Neuchatel, where he certified as Dental Technician in 1979. He developed his technical education in fixed prosthodontics (ceramics) and esthetics until today. Between 1985 and 1991, he was consecutively directing two dental laboratories as Master Ceramist and he specialized in implant-supported work, complex oral rehabilitation and bonded porcelain restorations. In 1992 he was appointed as a Oral Design member. From 1992 to 2004, he has been the owner and director of Oral Design Center, Dental Laboratory in Montreux (Switzerland). In January 2005, he became Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Director of the Center of Dental Technology at the University of Southern California (USC, Los Angeles). Since January 2009 he is President and Director of 901 Michel Magne, Dental Laboratory and Dental Education in Los Angeles, (USA).
Sam Alawie completed his master dental technician degree in Brussels, Belgium in 1994 with distinction and special recognition from his school. During his studies, he gained extensive training and hands-on experience in fabricating fixed and removable prosthetic restorations at one of Brussels most prestigious laboratories. In 1996, Sam opened his own successful aesthetic crown and bridge laboratory specializing in anterior restorations and implant restorations in Waterloo, Belgium. He migrated to the United States in 2003. In 2006, he opened his own full service dental laboratory in Beverly Hills, California. Sam is well versed on the importance of technical clinical communications and their implementations for successful case planning which leads to ultimate patient satisfaction. He is a keen and avid supporter and member of many study groups. He has instructed various hands-on crown and bridge courses and hosted presentations throughout Europe and the States. In 2012, he opened a teaching facility which offers a new venue for laboratory technicians, clinicians and students the opportunity to connect and exchange aesthetic knowledge and ideas.