You Get What You Pay For… Mostly

I saw this photo online and it reminded me of the heartache I’ve witnessed over and over throughout the years.

What does your dentist recommend for your children? “Let’s wait and see” is a common recommendation. Sometimes that’s the absolutely best advice in the world, but sometimes it’s the WORST. IDEA. EVER.

How are you to know? Check the internet? Ask your friends? Someone else in your family have a similar situation?

This “get what you pay for” idea also applies to the medical professions like dentists and doctors.

Their skill also has to include making the best decisions and recommendations about your children… and there are often no do-overs.

But what if they really don’t know all the factors involved in your child’s particular circumstances? Oh, I wish I could tell you the dentally criminal recommendations I’ve seen others give (at least I think they should be criminal acts) that have caused kids unbelievable pain and heartache, not to mention wasting some of their childhood.

Parents get to pay for cheap advice… which sometimes turns out to be the most expensive of all… and I’m not talking just money.

One 18-year-old young woman was given 6 front teeth veneers for her birthday from her parents. Unfortunately, they took her to the wrong dentist. Her smile was very white and pretty, but…

She came to me twice within 3 weeks of having them put on. Why? Because 3 of them had fallen off. The former dentist had drilled down her healthy permanent teeth (NO DO-OVERS) so much that they were nothing but little stubs. His bonding had failed within 2 weeks on 50% of the veneers.

There was a lawsuit, but all the money in the world can’t bring back tooth structure that’s been permanently cut away UNNECESSARILY.

I actually went to dental school with a guy who said, “I only need to get a passing C for a grade. It’s not what you know but who you know that matters.”

There’s an old joke that goes something like this:

Q. What do you call the person who graduated LAST from medical school?

A. Doctor.

Please, PLEASE find the best dentist you can afford to advise on the dental growth and development of your children. Titles mean very little. Skill and ability are everything when you’re seeking great results in both health and appearance for your precious children.

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