- Hardcover: 172 pages
- Publisher: Celebrity Press (May 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615370837
- ISBN-13: 978-0615370835
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,825,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confessions of a Former Cosmetic Dentist
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EXCLUSIVELY FOR DENTISTS
"This book is designed as the cure for any dentist with Veneerial Disease..."
If you are a newly graduated dentist or have an interest in being a cosmetic dentist you will benefit from the hard-hitting humour in this critical review. The weaknesses of being too focused on the quest for the perfect smile are exposed and the author questions many of the philosophies of care that can lead to over-treatment of dental patients.
The book discusses alternative practice styles that may add to your practice's success, and exposes the Achilles heel of your competitors that can be exploited. If you have a dentist colleague that needs a 'extreme makeover exorcism' or a patient who has 'Smilorexia' this can make the perfect gift.
WARNING: This book is too graphic for the general public and it should not be read by laypersons unless prescribed by their dentist. Due to concerns from the dental association the book should only be purchased and dispensed by licensed dental professionals.
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As a dental care professional I was so excited to finally get this book. Not only did I order it for myself but I also got copies for the other dentists I work with and for our support staff. It is a must read. Has your dental care professional read it? Has your dental care professional offered it to you to read?
As a dentist I always felt my primary duty of care was to assist my patients to conserve their teeth and protect their smiles for as long as possible. I dream of dental nirvana when I can go to work and the dental drill can stay safely in the cupboard far away from my patient's teeth. Yet there is a body of cosmetic dentists who look at your unsuspecting innocent teeth with an evil eye and see them perhaps slightly misaligned, slightly misshapen or that the colour is not quite the right shade of brightest white. Their solution - get the drill out, remove the enamel and replace it with porcelain. Hello. When did porcelain become superior to beautiful natural tooth enamel????
Dr Michael Zuk's book is written to enlighten and educate patients. It takes a serious subject and makes it entertaining. Many dental care professionals will secretly agree with the author's opinions included in this book. Having remained silent not wanting to "cause trouble" for their colleagues they will welcome the many secrets revealed in the book becoming public. Of course, patients should not avoid dental care. However, "Confessions of a Former Cosmetic Dentist" will make patients aware of the dangers and myths within the cosmetic dental business.
Do you know what questions to ask your cosmetic dentist? This book takes you through the process and gets you to ask the most important question. "Doc, if I was your son or daughter........?"
If this book changes how one overly agressive cosmetic dentist practices or if it stops one patient from doing treatment they shouldn't, many smiles may be saved and Dr Michael Zuk and "Confessions of a Former Cosmetic Dentist" will have done the Dental Profession a great service.
Then I stumbled onto the book "Confessions of a former cosmetic dentist" by Dr. Zuk and decided to buy it simply because the title intrigued me. I was expecting to use the book as a late evening "sleep inducer". What I found was the exact opposite. The dentist who wrote this book somehow managed to simultaneously school me on the dos and don'ts of cosmetic dentistry while keeping me well entertained throughout. The combination of his in-depth knowledge, his brutal honesty, his dry sense of humor and his never ending sarcasm pulled me back and forth between gasping in amazement at the audacity of the dental industry and laughing till I had a few tears falling from my eyes. You might say he's 1/3 "educator", 1/3 "whistle blower" and 1/3 "stand-up comic". In the end the combination works because I finished the book in no-time and decided that I would never, ever get sucked into buying veneers. I feel like I now know every dirty little trick that my dentist would even consider pulling on me. Definitely worth a read.
I am embarrassed because as a dental assistant I know have a short, yellowish bridge as a reminder of poor choices. If I could do it all over again, I dream of what my smile would have looked like if I knew then what I know now. This book should be read before you make any decisions about cosmetic dentistry. Don't be a victim!
I also feel dentists should also read this, since we all know that abuse of patients takes place every day. Dentists will see things differently after they read this.
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