Birmingham Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Trent Buchanan Featured On al.com

People say that smiling is the universal language,” said Dr. Trent Buchanan. “If you smile at someone, you’ll usually get a smile back.” Dr. Buchanan, you could say, is in the business of smiles. As the leading restorative dentist at Greystone Smile Design in Birmingham, he’s helped countless people straighten, whiten and improve their grin. Since 2009, Dr. Buchanan and his experienced staff have become Birmingham’s go-to place for cosmetic dentistry.

For Dr. Buchanan, Greystone Smile Design represents a longtime dream that’s finally come to fruition. After graduating with high honors from Auburn University in 2002 and then later earning his doctorate degree from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, Dr. Buchanan spent time in Denver, Colorado doing his residency and subsequently practicing for a couple of years.

While he was glad to be practicing what he studied to do, Dr. Buchanan felt his home state beckoning. He knew he wanted to return to Birmingham and make a positive impact on the Magic City through sharing and practicing his dental expertise. “I always wanted to do something on my own and start a practice that was exactly what I thought dentistry should be,” he said. “My office in Denver was just a regular clinic. I wanted the exact opposite. I didn’t want it to feel like a dental office or look like a dental office. I wanted something more inviting.”

Soon after returning to Alabama, he crossed paths with locally known and respected cosmetic dentist Dr. Thomas Dudney, who took him under the proverbial wing of cosmetic dentistry. “He kind of became my mentor. I would just block off days and watch him work” Dr. Buchanan said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. I needed someone to coach me, and he was the one who did that for a couple of years.”

After honing his skills and perfecting his technique, Dr. Buchanan became more confident in his ability to perform cosmetic dentistry. “Even if I knew what I was doing, I think I just needed someone to tell me that I knew what I was doing,” he said with a laugh, thinking back on his years spent poring over the trade with Dr. Dudney, who still practices cosmetic dentistry today in Alabaster.

Because Greystone Smile Design shares space with the Greystone Cosmetic Center — a stately, handsome building located in Hoover — Dr. Buchanan said a large portion of his services are dedicated to cosmetic surgery. You could think of Greystone Smile Design, he said, as a cosmetic dentistry service within a family practice. Since opening his doors in the Birmingham area, he’s seen people of all walks of life come seeking his services, which use the latest technology and place a high premium on customizing everything to fit the customers’ needs.

From porcelain veneers to Deep Bleaching and other teeth whitening options, Dr. Buchanan’s scope of expertise is wide. “A lot of times we hear people say that they never smile. They’re happy people but they never smile because they’ve always been self-conscious about their teeth,” Dr. Buchanan said. “Then, when we do a smile makeover on them, it just changes their whole life.”

When first-time visitors come to Greystone Smile Design — which resembles more of a sophisticated home than a stark and sterile dentist office — they can expect a full consultation where they’ll be able to share exactly what they want their new smile to look like. From there, Dr. Buchanan will craft the perfect plan for achieving those wishes. Because every person is different and no smile is the same, Dr. Buchanan takes an individualized approach to each client who comes to Greystone Smile Design.

“I feel like that’s one thing that really sets us apart — being able to customize smiles for each patient,” said Dr. Buchanan, adding that by staying up to date on the latest technology, he and his team are able to offer some of the leading strategies in cosmetic dentistry.

At the end of the day, however, he said the real reason he loves what he does is pretty simple. Seeing a genuine smile on someone’s face after visiting Greystone Smile Design is his ultimate goal. “You know, there are percentages and data on ‘the perfect smile’ — how much teeth should show and how long teeth should be and how much your teeth should show when your lip is at rest,” Dr. Buchanan said. “But sometimes it’s those little imperfections that make us beautiful. My goal is for everyone who comes to Greystone Smile Design to leave feeling like their best self. If I can achieve that, then I know I’ve done my job.”