Journey as an International Dentist and Pre-Dent | TTB

The Journey of An International Dentist in the United States Congratulations! You have arrived at a new country with great opportunities and hope to pursue your passions. But it can certainly get overwhelming and challenging if you don’t receive the right guidance and support at every step. Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn more! Imagine this article as your friend. We are here to guide and aid you so that you can have the most beneficial and efficient experience as a Dentist in a new country! First things first!  Select the right career for yourself. Decide if you plan to pursue clinical dentistry or other facets of healthcare  Clinical dentistry would include but not be limited to, going to dental school to pursue a DMD/DDS (both are the same degree with different usage by different schools), and/or going to school to pursue AEGD or direct residency. For more information on these programs, please visit

How To Become A Prosthodontist | TTB

  How to Become a Prosthodontist  Step 1- Complete undergrad and receive a bachelor’s degree: Aspiring prosthodontists should complete prerequisite courses that are required by the dental schools they plan on applying to. Most pre-dental students will complete the Dental Admission Test (DAT) during undergrad after taking general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biology courses. Step 2- Dental School!!! Receive a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery): Dental school is a 3-4 year program where students complete coursework such as dental anatomy, craniofacial biology, dental materials, epidemiology, etc. They will gain clinical experience by developing their hand skills in the lab and eventually working with patients under guidance of experienced dentists. Step 3- Get Licensed: Pass the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE). This exam will replace the current National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I and Part II examinations. The new test includes 500 items in comparison to

An Intro To Veneers | TTB

 Veneers may be a great option for you if you would like a fresh start for your smile. After visiting your general dentist, a prosthodontist will likely be the one to take you on your veneer journey. However, now you may be wondering what exactly are veneers? Veneers are caps typically made of porcelain or composite resin material which are created to cover your natural teeth. A few reasons to consider veneers for yourself are if your teeth are stained, misshaped, or if you have gapping problems. The process of getting veneers will involve consideration by your dentist or prosthodontist to see if they are the right choice for your teeth and overall dental health. If they are approved, the next step will be the production of the veneers specifically for your mouth and the prosthodontist will prepare your teeth for bonding. Preparation may include shaving or sculpting the tooth for the most efficient placement of the veneer. Placement will include the bonding of the veneer to your tooth

Shadowing Tips | TTB

  Shadowing   Now that you’re ready to learn about dentistry, it’s time to shadow dentists. But where to start?   How to find a dentist to shadow   • Start by reaching out to your personal dentist or friends/family. If they say no, politely ask if  they can recommend another doctor   • Another way to find doctors is to cold call local practices. Although it may seem intimidating  at first, it’s one of the best ways to practice your communication skills, which will prove to be  useful in the future.   - Start by introducing yourself (does not have to be long, but it’s best to give them a brief  overview of who you are) and politely inquire whether you may shadow there. If they  cannot get back to you immediately, make sure to provide a phone number and email that  they can reach you by.   - The best way to ask about shadowing is going to the office in person. However, due to  the pandemic, it is safer to call or email for now.   - Tip! Some offices may ask for your resume, so it’s alway

The DAT Basics | Special Feature: Aida Shadrav

You have shadowed multiple dentists, taken the prerequisite courses, and have finally confirmed  that dentistry is the career you intend to pursue. Congratulations! Now, it is time to get prepared for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT).  Here is a brief overview of the exam: Survey of Natural Sciences (100 questions, 90 mins) Biology (40) General chemistry (30) Organic chemistry (30) Perceptual ability (90 questions, 60 mins) Reading comprehension (50 questions, 60 mins) Quantitative reasoning (40 questions, 45 mins)   You will have an optional 15 min break in between the perceptual ability portion of the exam and the reading comprehension. I strongly recommend that you take advantage of this break, walk around the building, and shake off the tension in your body, maybe hum your favorite song to yourself as you stretch out your legs. Make sure to eat sweet treats such as dates, almonds, raisins, and fruits. They will give you energy to go through more questions! Once you are done with th

Highschool Pre-Dental Guide | TTB

When in high school, future dentists should start preparing for their career and should start to take classes based on their major. More and more students are applying to Dental School and competition is very tough. Below, is a short and simple guide on how to strengthen your application and prepare for the pre-dental route. Future dentists should most definitely take as many science courses (preferably AP, IB, or DE) they can such as Biology, Chemistry, as well as math courses like Algebra and Calculus. Take as many science and math classes as you can to show colleges that you are the best candidate! Suggested and strongly recommended classes include Anatomy (and Physiology) and AP Environmental. Also, consider volunteering and shadowing at your local dental clinic; this shows colleges that you are determined to become a dentist and that you have experience. Also, consider joining medical clubs at schools, such as Science Olympiad, HOSA, or any additional clubs your school provide

The DAT: Studying and Resources | TTB

  How to study for the DAT The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is a gruelling 5-hour test that tests you on all the difficult science content you’ve learnt over the years. While studying for the DAT is by no means easy, having the right mindset and a study plan will help you achieve the score you want. Make a study plan  Most students found the best DAT study schedule is 3 to 6 hours of work per day for 3 to 6 months. They’ve found having rewards, breaks and limitations in review materials helped them achieve the score they needed for dental school.  Practice There are a few steps to this: reading, questions and review.  Start by reading chapters and making notes on them. You may want to further consolidate your learning by watching science review videos.  Next, complete the chapter review questions so you get feedback on your understanding of the chapter material.  Once that is done, have a go at some full-length DAT practice tests.  After a test, make notes on the areas that you struggl