Beating Father Time
Dr. Ryan Reeves has revolutionized the aging process, by creating a technique that truly is nothing short of Beating Father Time.
The scent of freshly baked cookies warms the lobby of Beyond Exceptional Dentistry. Sun filters in through vaulted skylights. Chilled water arrives in a gold-tipped, stemless glass. Refreshments are on offer for patients to ease anxiety. Smooth jazz plays in the background, and everyone is friendly.
This is not your typical dentist’s office. The customer experience at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry is unlike anything in the industry. Nerves are calmed, patients are listened to, and lives are changed. The staff tends to patients like they’re clients at a spa. And this is all before clients even begin their new patient intake session — a signature of their unprecedented process.
The session begins with a consultation where Moseley talks through what patients want. “Our visits are very eye-opening and sometimes overwhelming,” Moseley says. She takes “before” and “after” pictures, using spacers and dental wax to gently manipulate patients’ jaws into alignment. The images are then photoshopped in real-time, so patients can see their new smile — one they’ve been waiting for their whole lives. It’s not uncommon for patients to get emotional. “We learn about the health of their mouth, the level of prevention they want to achieve, their smile and any concerns they have,” Moseley says. “We decide together where they want to be, then we use that to drive our education. This is where all of the decisions are made.”
The “after” photos also take years off — a ground-breaking way to think about dentistry, pioneered by Dr. Ryan Reeves. Reeves, a relative newcomer to Savannah, continues the legacy started by Brad Durham, taking aesthetic dentistry to new heights and drawing clients from across the country. “You have to start asking, ‘why?’” Reeves says. “As dentists, we’re trained to focus on the problem, but not why that problem is happening. Patients have come in who’ve been told they need to have all their teeth removed. It didn’t make sense to me. It couldn’t be the only option. I started doing research, and I realized it was going to be a game-changer. We could help a lot of people.”
That game-changer is Reeves’ holistic, physiological, “beating father time” approach. “If treatments need to be done to correct functional problems and the byproduct is a younger-looking face, it’s a win-win,” says Reeves.
Reeves’ treatments can fix issues never before associated with dentistry — migraines, ringing in the ears, even back and neck pain. More than that, the treatments can stave off those issues before they happen. “I’ve found preventative dentistry as a niche within the industry. Facial appearance is hugely dictated by the teeth. The teeth support the whole lower third of the face. Tension in the face causes wrinkles. So, people get Botox or plastic surgery to tighten loose skin. We release that tension by finding the proper joint and muscle position, and the result of that is a much younger appearance. If we start early, we can prevent that aging process from happening.”
Where typical dentists treat the problems, Reeves’ process looks at long-term goals, underlying issues and whole health. The treatments are progressive, working patients toward their end goals, both aesthetic and physiological.
The session takes almost an hour — an unprecedented amount of time in a field where consultations with a dentist typically last mere minutes. More than the complimentary wine and the calming surroundings, the care that Dr. Reeves and the whole team at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry give to each patient is what sets them apart. Their revolutionary approach takes dentistry from a dreaded, filling-ridden nightmare to an accessible, aspirational, life-changing, even enjoyable experience. For more information, and to meet the team, go to thedurhamsmile.com or call 912-234-8282 for their Savannah office, or 843-706-2999 for their Bluffton location.