Tearful and jubilant, Crystal finally got the smile of her dreams. Looking in the mirror, slowly moving her face side to side in disbelief, she had a difficult time accepting what she was seeing. For the first time in many years, she stood face to face with a beautiful smile. She had forgotten the beauty of her youth. The years, the pain, the abuse, had taken it all away. Her smile is now uncontrolled, almost giddy, radiating across the room as she speaks of her experience and the first time she met Dr. Larry Breiterman at Advanced Dental Techniques.
“I can’t believe how bad my mouth was. Every tooth was a mess. I was so embarrassed to even open my mouth. I never smiled before,” Crystal said.
Crystal, a victim of domestic abuse came to Dr. Breiterman in 2009. The 30 something New Jersey native, was down on her luck and running. Trying to escape the years of domestic abuse, which kept her from taking care of herself, the bruises and broken teeth were still fresh on her face. After escaping to a shelter for battered women, her mentor at the shelter was able to find some much needed help for Crystal.
Through Give Back a Smile, patients with dental injuries sustained from domestic violence are treated in an effort to help them reclaim their smiles, self-esteem, and ultimately their lives. Dr. Breiterman, an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Give Back a Smile program, was more than glad to help. A frequent aid to the underprivileged and well known throughout the community for his high level of training and dentistry, Dr. Breiterman met with Crystal and after hearing her story, knew just what to do.
“Like many of our patients when we first meet, Crystal was extremely fearful and embarrassed by her teeth. When we met, no matter what we did, we could barely get her to even show us her teeth,” Dr. Breiterman said of the meeting. He continued, “I’m not sure Crystal was ready for us even though her teeth were badly broken down and she was missing teeth, I think she was expecting us to just help her with a couple of fillings. We just don’t do dentistry that way. Our goal is return everyone to optimal health so they can enjoy life again.”
Dr. Breiterman performed a thorough exam and workup that included photographs and models of Crystal’s teeth. After carefully reviewing the case, Dr, Breiterman placed a phone call to his longtime partner in creating esthetic dental works, Yukio Otsubo, President of Kuwata Pan Dent Dental Laboratory.
“We were more than happy to help,” said Otsubo. “She was a victim of bad fortune and we couldn’t think of a more worthwhile candidate for donated services.”
After reviewing the case together, Dr. Breiterman and the talented technicians at Kuwata Pan Dent embarked on a plan that involved more than a year and a half of dental work and would virtually recreate Crystal’s entire smile. Although extremely scared at first, Crystal slowly overcame her fears to become an excellent patient. “Dr. Breiterman just makes me feel so comfortable. Everyone here just makes you feel like family. Coming to this office is more like visiting a spa than going to a dental office.”
Dr. Breiterman, who is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, is also one of the very few members of the Academy of General Dentistry who has received his Mastership. A great distinction achieved by less than one percent of all dentists, he was recognized by past N.J. governor Jon Corzine for his achievement.
Dr. Breiterman often helps the underprivileged by donating his time and services to those who would never be able to afford optimal care dentistry. He has received multiple awards from the Passaic County Dental Society for donating his time, office and staff to Give Kids a Smile, a charitable event held for underprivileged children each February. Doctor Breiterman has been a member of the Wayne dental community for over 17 years and has been a practicing dentist since 1990.
Kuwata Pan Dent, New Jersey’s premier dental laboratory, was established in 1976 and participates in both the Give Back a Smile and Donated Dental Services programs.