Li Luo Skelton, DDS

The ultimate connection — mind, body, and smiles

Dr__Li_Skelton-photo-1What can you tell us about your background?
I started treating TMJ patients at the only TMJ center in China, the oldest and top dental school. At the time, it was called Western China University of Medical Science but is now known as Sichuan University. I graduated at the end of 1982 and started my full mouth rehabilitation lifetime journey.

Dr.Li-working-on-ptI have approached dental care from many aspects — TMJ, removable orthodontics, full dentures, acupuncture and hypnosis, energy healing, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), energy healing for allergy, pain, emotion, and body balance, mind and spiritual healing, art, church, and psychology. Then I explored full crown and bridge rehabilitation procedures by attending the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) and studying for a full month. I have researched aspects of rehabilitation, including the Snap-On Smile®, mini implant Snap-on, fixed full mouth prosthetics, the Geneva full smile denture, and All-on-4™ and All-on-6 instant full mouth implant makeover. Now, I am focused on our New You Smile (NYS) full smile makeover system. I am proud to say that I have been a smile makeover seeker all my life!

To me, a smile makeover creates a “new you.” It optimizes the patients’ energy and redirects their energy flow. It becomes a combination of the instant smile and a lifetime journey toward happiness and health. The smile is just the icing on the cake. Achieving a total life balance is like winning a gold medal in the Olympics. The outcome of the integration of all of this new dental technology is beauty, health, functionality, and love.

For me, this is the beginning of an enriching, all-encompassing life adventure, which has prepared me to be a part of the innovation that is NYS.

When did you become a specialist, and why?
I have loved smiles since I learned how to smile. To me, the smile is everything. Even though I am a general dentist, I have always strived to learn and try any technique to achieve a successful smile makeover.

My quest for the full-scale smile makeover started 10 years ago. I estimate that all my gross income for those 10 years, which added up to millions of dollars, has all been devoted to serving, improving, and delivering affordable, yet high-value, beautiful full mouth smile makeovers.

The NYS system is the realization of all those years and the combination of the study in all of those disciplines.

Is your practice limited solely to a certain specialty?
My practice is focused on full mouth smiles and functional makeovers with our All-in-one location in Texas, which includes a dedication to dental implants, a surgical suite, a 3D imaging center, and an in-house, full service, high-tech dental lab.

Now, we are the home base for the NYS system, which intends to accomplish the following:

  1. Instant smile makeovers
  2. Instant health and function makeovers
  3. Instant occlusion and full body balance treatment makeovers
  4. Lifetime smile and anti-aging maintenance

skelton2.jpgWhy did you decide to focus on rehabilitating smiles?
General family dentistry and full mouth rehabilitation have a very different approach to diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment options, treatment processes, maintenance, and requirements for teamwork. It is comparable in construction terms to either undertaking a remodeling job or a full-scale total design, with demolition and total reconstruction. In many ways, the dental, medical, mental, emotional, and lifestyle changes that are necessary for the transformation translate into a total life makeover.

Do your patients come through referrals?
My patients come from referrals and marketing. I am a strong believer in marketing because the dental makeover is a part of educating patients. This is a must for a growing full mouth makeover clinic. Marketing is about education and motivation and finding patients who are suitable for our philosophy.

skelton3.jpgHow long have you been practicing, and what systems do you use?
I have been practicing for about 10 years, but I have studied full mouth rehabilitation since I graduated from China 32 years ago, beginning with TMJ and orthodontic treatment. I use the NYS system — an all-integrating full mouth smile, health, and function-balancing makeover system.

What training you have undertaken?
I have studied dental implants: mini and conventional, All-on-4, full mouth rehabilitation, dental lab, TMJ, full smile and occlusion training in LVI, Dr. Dawson occlusion, CEREC® restoration, sedation, Geneva 2000™ full dentures, Lumineers®, Invisalign®, LANAP®  lasers, Snap-On Smile®, Misch Implant 3D Guide and Design, just to name a few.

Who has inspired you?
I have been inspired by my father, who is a most dedicated general surgeon, practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, and an administrator of a hospital. I grew up in China, and one big advantage is that I have been raised to love heroes! My childhood heroes all have several aspects in common — they love people; they love what they do; they have a purpose; and they never quit despite any difficulty. They discover what they do best and put their soul into it!  Their common characteristics, which I try to emulate are passion, giving, sacrifice, contribution, dedication, and the will to overcome difficulties. I never want to quit and will always try to find a way to achieve my goals.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your practice?

We are the pioneers of 21st-century smile makeover dentistry, which involves technology and innovation. It encompasses:

  1. Better engineering of the occlusion (NYS occlusion) that enhances airway, TMJ, posture, and total body skeletal balance
  2. Preventive and anti-aging processes that preserve the foundation of smile by preserving bone (getting rid of disease, placing dental implants and utilizing NYS occlusion, and addressing the root cause of the problems.) This leads to self-love and self-healing.
  3. The whole smile total makeover that combines aspects of the body, mind, health, functions, emotions, and beauty.
  4. The all-inclusive approach that integrates the following areas: dental (full month rehabilitation); medical (in aspects of breathing, the immune system, posture); mental (mindfulness, learning, mental engagement, and stress reduction); psychological (emotional); Eastern self-healing (habit changes); art (new smile); spiritual (self-awareness, self-love, and healing); lifestyle changes (these are the root cause changes), and preventive measures.
  5. Dedicating ourselves to smiles for life with affordability as one of key standards and by leveraging and simplifying technology and creating a purposeful smile makeover

Our practice is truly one-of-a-kind, advanced, and experienced.

Professionally, what are you most proud of?
Our holistic and technology-driven, affordable smile makeover.

What do you think is unique about your practice?
We are the home of the New You Smile! We also were just chosen as China Wisdom Angel’s first demo and training center.

What has been your biggest challenge?
To help ourselves and our patients understand that a smile makeover is just like a life makeover — a lifetime and daily journey. But the rewards are instant and valuable over a patient’s whole lifetime. We have systemized and simplified our NYS system to be easy duplicable, and we continue to make huge improvements.

What would you have been if you didn’t become a dentist?
A smile artist, innovator, and healer. That would still place me in the dental field!

What is the future of the specialty and dentistry?
More and more people can have the chance to have the smile they have always wanted.

The technology and awareness of dentists in the full mouth rehabilitation field are continually making progress, The beautiful smile that we all wanted should be ours; it is no longer a dream, but the reality!

skelton-family.jpgWhat are your top tips for maintaining a successful specialty practice?

  1. The right vision and leadership. Knowing yourself is a must.
  2. Be the right kind of team player.
  3. Choose the right system.
  4. Choose the right products and services.
  5. Have a passion and love to offer the right kind treatments to your patients.
  6. Learning new processes and training is part of the passion.

skelton-top-favorites.jpgWhat advice would you give to budding specialist?
Truly know from your heart what you love to do. Find your best talent and your resources. Combine all of those, creating a style that you know is your best.  Perfect that and find help for the part that is not your strength. Learn your marketing style, and then, pray to God to send you the patients whom you can help the most!

What are your hobbies, and what do you do in your spare time?
Shopping, fashion, makeup, good restaurants, movies, reading, traveling, and seminars. I am open to all kinds of pampering!

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