People on online forums constantly ask questions like “do dentists make a lot of money?” and “how is the quality of life of a dentist?”, thinking dentistry is a dream career.
Frequently asked by these questions, Dean of Dr. Rabbit Dentist Stephen Chang gives a different point of view with his more than 20 years of experience in dentistry. “People tend to think dentists make a lot of money. But what is the meaning of making a lot of money? Earning more money means you need to sacrifice more of your time for work,” said Stephen Chang.
Being a consultant of TAAO (Taiwan Association of Aligner Orthodontics) and having published several essays on international journals, Stephen Chang seems to lead a successful life. However, such life comes at a huge cost. Besides a busy clinical schedule, Stephen Chang has also been engaged in public speaking at various organizations while sharing his experience on academic conferences.
Despite the hard work involved in this job, Stephen Chang says he “has had a lot of fun inside patients’ mouths”. For example, when filling a tooth, he makes sure the filling look pretty and polished, which gives him a great sense of accomplishment as if he is creating a piece of art. “The ability to have fun is essential if you want to be a dentist,” said Stephen Chang.
Encourage senior dentists to embrace new technology by founding TAAO
Significantly different from traditional orthodontics, aligner orthodontics was introduced to Taiwan from the United States 12 years ago. To facilitate the interaction between Taiwanese dentists and the associations of aligner orthodontics across the world, Stephen Chang has founded TAAO. Through TAAO, Taiwanese orthodontists can exchange first-hand information with international associations, thereby driving the proliferation of Invisalign.
“Don’t stick with tradition. Go with the flow,” said Stephen Chang. Although senior dentists have more experience, higher patient loyalty, and a stable market position compared to younger doctors, clinical practice is very labor-consuming. Therefore, Stephen Chang encourages sensor dentists to focus on growing their Invisalign business using new technology.
Looking back, Stephen Chang says he did not start thinking about the meaning of his job until he graduated from university. “To gain a sense of achievement and people’s approval, the key is to think about your original resolution to do this job and how much effort you are willing to put in.”
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