What Dr. Kaufman Loves Most About Being An Orthodontist
WE RECENTLY ASKED DR. Kaufman a few questions about his career. Here are his answers – thought you’d find them interesting!!
How old were you, and what made you decide you wanted to become an Orthodontist?
“I knew I wanted to be an Orthodontist when I was only 11 years old. I myself, was a patient in braces at the time and I was amazed that my orthodontist could move teeth into their ideal places with just wires and brackets. It looked fun to me and my Orthodontist made my appointments enjoyable. I knew this is what I wanted to be when I grew up and I can honestly say I am so happy with my decision.”
Where did you attend school and how long have you been Practicing?
“I did my undergraduate studies at RIT where I received my B.S. degree in Biology. I then went onto dental school at the State University of Buffalo, NY and obtained my dental degree. I then was accepted into an orthodontic post graduate program at the University of St. Louis where I received my Orthodontic degree. It takes 4 years of undergraduate, 4 years of dental school and 2 more years of orthodontic training to become an orthodontic specialist. I graduated in 1990 from orthodontic school and have been practicing for 23 fun and exciting years!”
What advice would you give to a young person considering a career in Dentistry?
“The best advice I can give anyone who wants to be a dentist or orthodontist is to study hard. Getting accepted into dental school has become more competitive and more difficult than ever. Besides having great grades it is also important to be involved in different groups, whether it is sporting teams or biology club. I would also recommend obtaining a science degree in college and taking some business classes, this would be a great idea since you will be running a business with overhead and employees.”
What is one thing you find most satisfying about being an Orthodontist?
“The most satisfying thing about being an Orthodontist is the effect I can have on one person’s confidence. When we change a smile from crooked and unaesthetic to beautiful and straight it makes the patient feel better about themselves. Their confidence increases and they seem so much better about themselves. This confidence will be important for many things in their lives such as proms, weddings, and applying for jobs. In today’s society, people are judged by their appearances and smiles and I know when I have created the smile they have always dreamed of, they will not only smile more but in most cases be even more successful in life. It’s great to be able to make such a positive change in my patient’s lives and I absolutely love doing it every single day!”
We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Dr. Kaufman better! And, as always, THANKS for being our valued patients and friends!
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