Would you get your hair cut by a hair stylist who had terrible hair? Then why would a dental patient see a dentist whose own dentition was less than enviable? Walk the floor of any trade show; check out just about any dental journal: they exist. Bad-Teeth Dental Professionals!
I know that some of you are wracking your brains to think of a dentist you have met with bad dentition. Some of you may be looking through a dental publication right now to find one.
There also seems to be an overwhelming uncomfortable silence surrounding the “dentists with bad dentition” phenomena. Do other dentists say anything to the mal-dentitioned? Do they joke behind the backs of the yellow-teethed doctors?
I paid good money to get my Tom Cruise-like smile. Shouldn’t all of us in the dental profession have the best smiles possible? Or is there a secret society of dental professionals who are actually dentalphobes themselves? Or, worse yet, is there an “above-the-law” faction that truly believes in “do as I say, not as I do”?