'Confessions of a Former Cosmetic Dentist' Author attacked by Dental Authorities over his 'Confessions' book...so he keeps on writing! These are the latest:
NEW December 2018- 'Dentistry's Dirty Secret' - One dental authority looked the other way while patients were being over-drilled: - http://www.blurb.com/ebooks/682400-dentistry-s-dirty-secret

Other books:
- available on Blurb.com.
Now also in the Apple Store!

This may be the largest Dental Cover-up in Recent History. Physicians were influenced by sponsored continuing education from Big Pharma, but many have no idea that Big Dental Labs and manufacturers have been twisting the minds of dentists for decades.  This has sometimes led to horrifically painful results. This book is designed to be a guide for the media who agree that this true story needs to be exposed. 

Help by signing a Petition to the Dental Authority that continues to provide continuing education credits to a program which according to experts is often associated with malpractice lawsuits: https://www.change.org/p/alberta-dental-association-college-stop-recognizing-lvi-dentist-courses-for-continuing-education-credit


All treatment choices have risks . A dental authority has an obligation to warn dentists and patients about concerns within the profession. 

How long have dental authorities known about concerns with over-treatment linked to questionable continuing education programs? This 2004 article clearly lays out the same concerns that continue to harm patients in 2018:
 https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB108845349854349429?fbclid=IwAR2IH8fcXQnmfJlEDKeRaWIb-tYi_FiQBpyplckmTYC9Owuso78_RFobbWA
Quotes:
*Some dentists are critical of LVI's commercial bent. "They give the wrong message to the dentist that it's OK to grind down teeth and sell the patient that their life is going to change and improve," says Simon Gamer, a dentist in Beverly Hills, Calif.
laboratories supplying goods to cosmetic dentists say their businesses are expanding at double-digit rates
Gordon J. Christensen, a clinical professor at the University of Utah and owner of the for-profit, continuing-education Practical Clinical Courses in Provo, Utah, says a "degeneration of ethics" has made his profession "highly upset."
Dr. Christensen, who has served on numerous ADA councils, says the onus to halt the rise of botched work falls on the ADA, which can recommend additional guidelines for cosmetic dentistry to state and local dental associations.

* The ADA, which represents the vast majority of the more than 155,000 U.S. dentists and advises the dental boards of each state, believes current ADA guidelines and state regulations provide "sufficient oversight for the protection of the public," says Matt Messina, an ADA consumer adviser and a dentist in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dentists say it also is up to patients to check their dentists' credentials and complaint records with their state dental board and county dental association, ask about more conservative treatments, and get second and third opinions before major work.

Due to actions against the author of these books Dr. Michael Zuk has filed an Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to consider the sanctions against him for writing Confessions of a Former Cosmetic Dentist. He continues to ask the Alberta dental council to admit the authority failed to protect the public from known dangers discussed in his book. Note the ADA&C published the following article of concern in an internal document shared only with dentists (not the public):

https://www.aadc.org/articles/articlespositionstatements/i-have-had-enough_91806.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0eDE2pwIZrVtt1JTv95JZ-qsHmE3C7kPXGUi7QiFM44dR-Z5V-d3CWa6Q

It included the following:

"Overtreatment

I was one of the original instigators of the recognition of esthetic dentistry, over 25 years ago. However, my pet subject has turned into a monster with unbelievable overtreatment of unsuspecting patients. " - Dr. Gordon Christensen.

In 2018 a victim of over-treatment agreed to share her action against her former dentist in several e-books to help other victims and their lawyers seek compensation. These two books may be found through these links:

1) Prosecution of an LVI-trained Dentist - http://www.blurb.com/ebooks/678619-prosecution-of-an-lvi-trained-dentist

2) A Victim of LVI Dentistry- http://www.blurb.com/ebooks/674917-a-victim-of-lvi-dentistry
NOTE: This is not to imply every patient treated with LVI protocols will experience problems, however according to legal experts the treatment provided may be associated with a higher risk of malpractice. 

This video identifies a training program believed to be associated with high levels of malpractice:
https://youtu.be/AQ7KT0dkYVw




   

Insider Tips

These are a few insider secrets that could help you avoid a smile makeover disaster:

  1. STOP and understand just because a certain celebrity or your best friend had porcelain veneers does not mean they are the best choice for your individual situation.
  2. Be sure to ask the dentist if you can whiten your teeth as a 'pre-cosmetic' improvement. Affordable tray whitening can often provide results comparable to the faster in-office treatments. 
  3. Whitening can take longer in certain situations so delay the rush to veneer your teeth if you haven't tried a few techniques.
  4. Straightening crooked, healthy teeth without seriously considering orthodontics first is a common error made by many cosmetic dentists.
  5. If the dentist downplays the importance of orthodontics or aligners it could be a signal to get up and get a second opinion. Many cosmetic dentists exaggerate the time needed to straighten teeth.
  6. The 'Big Thing' as discussed in the Confessions book is the wave of short term braces systems that are now available. This treatment can reduce treatment times and improvements down to months. If the dentist says it will take three to four years in braces consider a second opinion.
  7. Be wary of a dentist that brags about doing 'thousands of veneers'...and has limited or no skills in orthodontics. 
  8. Many dentists can treat crooked teeth with plastic aligners, but some situations can be much faster if pre-straightened with 'braces'. 
  9. If you visit the dentist without any concerns about your smile and find the dentist or members of their team beginning to pick you apart cosmetically don't be too quick to be seduced. Many people have more character with smiles that are a little different.
  10. One technical tip that the author recently learned from a very respected aesthetic dentist (specialist in prosthodontics) is whiten first, replace any discolored white/composite fillings in your smile second...THEN you could choose to live with the result or proceed to the porcelain veneer option. A very important change is the veneer design may be extremely conservative and not need to extend to cover the fillings on the back of your teeth. This will greatly increase the amount of healthy tooth that is preserved (see photo below):
 
There are many other tips in the book but the top ten should give you an appreciation for the importance of being informed about your options.
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