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  1. You're gonna find it tough for a clinic for you to come in and shadow and understand that most clinics right now just want to get back to pre-covid revenues. Someone who comes in and doesn't do anything except maybe gets in the way of things definitely are not going to be as welcomed post-covid due to an increase demand between PPE and fallow time. Unfortunately for now just hold off the shadowing experience. I don't think it's a make or break deal when it comes to your application. If asked just say it's covid and you weren't able to shadow, the admission panel will understand
  2. I personally have zeiss 3.3x and luma dent light. I LOVEE my loupes, although they are on the heavier side but they are supppper good quality IMO i'm obviously bias XD
  3. Anyone on here that have completed a GPR in Canada? I'm eager to hear about your experiences. I.e what the program was focused on, what type of things you did. i know most are focused on treating medically complex patients but did any of the programs have a focus on endo? implants? oral surg?
  4. couldn't agree more. If you 're looking for an "easy" way to make lots of money dentistry isn't it. Period. i doubt anything is lol...
  5. There are A TON of careers out there that make wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more than dentists. You just don't know about them because you haven't been exposed to them! I've got friends who are in banking and they are raking it in.... Others are in computer sci or engineering and they work for big companies like google or apple and they get paid like 200k a year as well If I knew what I knew now when I was in high school. I may have chose a different career path tbh....
  6. I'll throw my 2 cents in as well. you just started undergrad, how are you 100% certain that you want to go into dentistry. When i started undergrad I had no clue what i wanted to do. I'd say go and explore your interests! don't get tunnel vision which is what a lot of people around me got I found. Dentistry is not an easy career, the job market at the moment is quite whacky especially in big cities. I'd say stick out your first couple of years of undergrad and then if you really decided that you want to do dentistry then apply
  7. Well....I'm not sure about all of the dental schools in Canada but yes there are grads in Canada that graduated with very minimal clinical experience compared to some US or Aus schools. I do agree everything else you've said. The amount of practices in major cities that are looking for people who can just step in and complete "complex" work is increasing and mentorship in major cities may also be lacking due to competition. Not to say there aren't any opportunities available but it's becoming rarer and rarer.
  8. just explore your options . No need to rush into a decision right now. You have tons of time to explore all sorts of careers prior to making an informed decision. You have to remember that many people here are quite biased because this forum is more of a "med school" orientated forum not a "allied health professional" forum. Take what you read from here as a grain of salt and do your own thing. figure things out your own way. Just remember: GPA is king. Keep your marks high and doors will open.
  9. That is a horrible way to pick your healthcare practitioners........... If you think that the Canadian or US system is superior, then I fear you are quite ignorant of the fact that there are many countries that produce very qualified doctors/dentists. Some of these people who are passing the equivalency process are actually specialist from their own respective countries. Now i'm not gonna say you're completely wrong as to there are some countries that produce lower-tier graduates or their graduates are just not trained as well as graduates from Canada/US/Aus/Uk/Ireland/Europe. Even within these countries there is a HUGEEEEEEEEEE variation between the amount of clinical work that their graduates do prior to being "let free" on the public. I've heard Canadian dental grads only doing 1 extraction and maybe 1 root canal before they graduated from dental school IN CANADA. Would you trust yourself with a dentist like that? Or would you prefer someone who graduated from a "non-accrediated program" who's completed the equivalancy process and has done thousands of these procedures? just my 2 cents
  10. It's probably to do with the lack of dentists in Canada. Big cities is saturated, but smaller and rural towns there is still a lack. So getting more dentists qualified might push some of these to rural places to practice fulfilling the need. I have no idea tbh. it's just my speculation.
  11. https://ndeb-bned.ca/en/resources/historical-pass-rates there is information on the NDEB website Historical pass rate for both accredited programs and equivalency process
  12. You're gonna spend a lot of time making dentures in dental school.......you don't need more practice lol..... The fact that you want to use real teeth to make dentures kinda creeps me out..... It's ok to use those teeth to practice RCTs. but dentures...?
  13. what are you going to do with those....? ebay?? maybe?
  14. There are way more med schools in america than canada. you have a better shot getting into med school in the US. Unless you already have family or something or are engaged to a canadian, i would concentrate on getting into a US med school
  15. I'm not sure about those products. After a quick google search I saw that they use sodium bicarbonate which is not really what dentists use for whitening. We generally use carbamide peroxide but they are generally used in office through special methods where there is isolation of the teeth you want to bleach or whiten The whitening toothpaste just have more abrasion component in it that lets you scrub away a bit more surface staining so it can appear whiter Generally, whitening have side effects like gum sensitivity but it varies between individuals. Be careful when buying these type of products online as they aren't regulated and generally are a waste of money in my opinion. white teeth are a combination of your diet, age, and even race play a factor in it. if you want white teeth... stop drinking so much coffee tea and red wine. that's generally what i tell my patients lol....
  16. there are no pre-dental programs in Canada designed to get you into dental school. Just satisfy all the requirements for you to apply to dental school in Canada and the US during ur undergrad.
  17. that makes things easier. If you want to do an undergrad in Canada and apply to Canadian and US dental school then that would be your best shot at eventually practicing in the US. Don't go outside of North America to do your dental degree then. The australia/Ireland pathway doesn't work for the US
  18. Sorry didn't see this post. You are a US citizen. You will be paying international fees in Canada for your undergrad. I highly doubt a Canadian undergrad program will be "better" than an american one...... Why not just go to a US university for your undergrad? Fees will be cheaper for you, you'll get government loans, closer to family etc. not sure why you're making everything more difficult...?
  19. From your original post I highly suggest you go the traditional route of going to a US university for undergrad and going to a US dental school. The other methods are very difficult, expensive, or long for you to work in the US. You are not a Canadian citizen so the chances of you getting accepted into a Canadian dental school is quite slim. (I know some Canadian dental schools on their website say they take international students but I haven't heard of one that got in-maybe someone can prove me wrong or know an international student in a canadian dental school) The australian and Irish routes are more for people that want to work in a commonwealth country I.e australia, ireland or Canada which the US does not belong to. OP: there is no easy route. If there is everyone would take it.
  20. from my knowledge: any school that is outside of north america you will have to go through the internationally trained dentist program in order for you to quality to work in the US
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