The reason I got into dentistry was very simple. When I was young, I was an athlete. I was a former top-ranked tennis player, and I love the discipline, I love the commitment to excellence, and I thought dentistry was a field where I could use the same discipline, the same skill set, the same commitment, and the fact that it was an individual profession and all those things really appealed to me.
I'm originally from Canada, from Toronto, Canada. So I went to the University of Toronto. Upon completion of my degree from Toronto, I went to SUNY at Buffalo and completed my dental degree in Buffalo. When I graduated from Buffalo, I did a general practice residency in Pennsylvania. I went to Muhlenberg hospital in Bethlehem.
The general practice residency is critical for your development. The reality is you get exposed to unbelievable amount of cases, you treat thousands of patients. So in the one year you do your general practice residency, it's the equivalent of almost five years of private practice. Plus, while you're there, you have the luxury of having doctors mentor you and guide you and introduce you to techniques.
So essentially, it's almost like the minor leagues. You're basically putting in your time and you're honing your skill set so that when you do graduate, you're ready to roll.
As far as continuing ed, my life really changed like 18 years ago. The lecture was from one of the top cosmetic dentists in the world, and he was talking about the whole science of smile design, the concept of oral design and essentially how he went about the process and how it was transformational, how it changed people's lives. And once I went to that lecture, I knew right away that that was something that would appeal to me.
The most rewarding part of being a dentist is really easy. I mean, it's just the life-changing behavior you see in your patients. I mean, people come in here with a story. You listen to some of these stories, and you can't believe it. That somebody could be so emotional, have such emotion attached to their smile. The fact that somebody can't sleep at night, somebody can't look in the mirror, somebody can't smile, somebody can't take a photograph, and you're just amazed that they suffer so much.
So I guess the most rewarding part, we're able to get these people, they seem to come to us because they seem to just feel that connection and to see that transformation take place where that behavior is altered is the most rewarding part of what I do.
Dr. Konstantine Trichas chose dentistry as his profession because of his passion for aesthetics and his keen eye for detail.
He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, then completed his general practice residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg.
Dr. Trichas has also earned a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry (which only 7 percent of dentists nationwide have achieved), is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, holds a U.S. patent on dental impression technology, was recognized as a Top Cosmetic Dentist in NewBeauty magazine in 2007, and has worked closely with world-renowned ceramist Jason Kim of Jason J. Kim Oral Design since 2000.
Dr. Trichas has worked hard for almost 20 years developing a reputation as a top cosmetic dentist in the northeast. He loves creating amazing patient relationships and believes that it is his ability to connect at a deep level and make patients feel comfortable that keeps them returning year after year for his treatment.
Outside of work, Dr. Trichas is a serious tennis player and fitness enthusiast.