How can you choose a good 'cosmetic dentist'?

While in many situations veneers can be an exceptional dental service, it is important to know when other choices may be better. Check out some of the author's insider tips.


'Confessions of a Former Cosmetic Dentist' book written by Dr. Michael Zuk is now available on a very limited basis for $99 plus S/H exclusively through 'Author's Attic' on

"The World's Most Expensive Veneer..."

Dr. Michael Zuk & Elvis Presley's Porcelain Veneer
-photo credit: Sandy Olson Photography

The author has a few celebrity teeth in his collection and uses the media attention as an opportunity to discuss various important topics in the dental field.


The author has recently accepted a position of ethical marketing director for an international aesthetic dentistry program. Dr. Zuk is honored to be able to provide constructive feedback to cosmetic dentists in order to improve the blending of treatment styles that can provide affordable and conservative cosmetic treatment.


"Recently the dentist-author was congratulated for his efforts to spread the word about concerns about overly enthusiastic cosmetic dentists...when it comes from a former President of the American Endodontic Association it is particularly appreciated."


Here's what one upset dentist had to say about the issues in a private dentist-only forum:

“….And holds himself out as the Savior of the General Public who are victimized by all of us other high-priced, crooked dentists and orthodontists. And writes "books"...about how he used to be a cosmetic dentist and is now "confessing". He tried to sell these through Amazon - he sold a few copies - that was it. Now claims it appears to be "banned" by the dental association but is available as a free download or look-see on a website. That's the spin he put on it. Anyone else would just say "nobody's buying that book. Nobody cares."

When you run this kind of stuff, I don't know, to me, just weakens the whole ACE organization.

Peter C.”

Author's RESPONSE: This dentist is a fool if he thinks patients don't care about being pressured into irreversible, aggressive cosmetic dental treatment. The original book is no longer in print (lucky for him I pulled it after getting a letter from the ADA's lawyer). I don't care if his club is weakened by the facts. Leeann Rimes is an example of a patient who had complications after an extreme smile we keep this a secret or just pretend it doesn't happen? People who are concerned about dentists who are on probation should consider supporting Tina's Bill.

To learn how to avoid a dentist on probation check out this news story:


Leeann Rimes Sues Her Dentist after getting Cosmetic Dental Treatment

Snooki gets a New Smile - "Great opportunity to discuss the topic of dangers with extreme smile makeovers!"

Dentist-Author featured as consultant in CBC Undercover Dentist Investigation - Marketplace which aired Oct. 19/12 - LINK

'Confessions Author' accepts post as blogger for Dental Tribune International - "I plan to discuss controversial subjects, interview interesting people and promote alternative practice strategies." -mz

Link to Blog:

Dentist-author Michael Zuk DDS wins the bid for the famous John Lennon Tooth at a UK auction.

Note to Dentists: Dr. Zuk suggests dentists interested in concerns related to aggressive cosmetic dental care should attend lectures presented or read articles by:

Dr. Martin Kelleher , Consultant in Restorative  Dentistry,London,England

The author wants to thank reader's for their (mostly) kind words and feedback on the 'Confession
s' book.   The book was ranked #1 in science, thanks to John Lennon, mentioned in the New York Times and reviewed positively by several popular celebrities and dental experts.

        A Special Message from the Author:

        "The public should not fear the dental profession, but every patient needs to know there are a few dentists that push unnecessary cosmetic treatment. If some dentists are upset that the reputation of the profession is negatively affected by the whistle in my mouth, then that's too bad. The dental education system that promotes reckless and aggressive treatment should be blamed, and I am embarrassed for the dentists who can't stand up and explain their rational for the way they treat patients. You can't hide from the truth forever." -mz



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