Just so that you get things stright, there is NO such thing as a cosmetic dentist, implant dentist, family dentist, etc….In many states, a dentist is not allowed to advertise or call onself by those afformentioned “specialties” since they don’t exist. Specialists who completed accredited advanced training programs, who have RECOGNIZED specialites, are allowed to specify the type of dentistry that they practice. It’s very misleading and self-serving to call yourself and others on your website cosmetic/implant dentists. It’s interesting that you speak about ethics of certain practitioners and treatment they perform yet your own ethics seem very questionable.
– This comment comes from an anonymous visitor who gave no name, no phone number, not even a state.
You didn’t identify yourself, but I can figure out from your e-mail address that you’re a dentist. But I have learned from experience that it’s the anonymous who often take the pot shots, and who then try to claim the ethical high ground.
What you say is not true—that there is no such a thing as a cosmetic dentist nor an implant dentist. A lot of people recognize those titles. So it’s not true to say they’re not recognized. They are recognized by many patients. Further, the accreditation granted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has been recognized by the courts to be a legitimate credential. To get it straight, it is the American Dental Association that doesn’t recognize those distinctions, but you and I both know that is because of politics. Most dentists want a piece of the cosmetic dentistry business, so they don’t want some dentists designated with that specialty title and taking away that potential source of income for them.
I make it clear in this website that cosmetic dentistry isn’t a legally recognized specialty. I believe it should be. Clearly you don’t. But, what do you think, Doctor, if we took a poll of Hollywood celebrities, would they be willing to go to any dentist on any street corner for a smile makeover? Or have they figured out that there are actually very few dentists who are true artists who can create a beautiful smile?
You and I both know the answer to that.
Dr. David Hall
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