Dr Sarah Naon - Orthodontic Resident
Introducing the Lovely Dentist Dr Sara Naon from Florida with her feature from dentistsofinsta and her take on specialising in dentistry!
"My name is Sarah Naon, I am a recently graduating dentist from Nova Southeastern University, Florida.
I was born and raised in Paris, France and after high school, I decided to leave France and follow the American Dream.
It was a long journey that brought me to New York, Florida and now Boston, where I will be attending Tufts Orthodontic Post-Graduate Program this oncoming July!
I could not be happier and I am embracing this amazing field we are so blessed to practice every day.
The road is challenging, there is a time when you will feel you cannot do it, but you can. You can do anything as long as you set your mind to it.
So keep going! Because although life is tough, you are tougher 👊
We are part of an amazing network of professionals, so let is make most of it!"
Sarah has kindly left us a brilliant little introduction video into her experiences as a new entrant onto Tufts Orthodontic residency programme. Check back here regularly for updates!
Hi, guys, this is Doctor Sarah Naon I am an Orthodontic Resident at Tufts University. I thought I’d make a little video about specialising. I often get the questions
”How did you know when to specialise?”,
“How difficult was it?”
“What helped you make the decision?”
“Do you think digital dentistry is the better option?”
So I thought I would really share my own experience with you and that could maybe help you make a decision! Personally, I had a very complicated orthodontic case (as a child) I got really involved with my orthodontist. He was absolutely amazing! Every time I would go to an appointment I would ask questions I was really interested in mechanics, and also the confidence it can give to a patient. All that really interested me and I thought I really want to know more! I decided to go and ask about appliances, looking at cephalograms and panoramics!
And I (do) love dentistry overall, but specifically, it was the field of orthodontics. So I actually decided to apply to dental school, with the aim of becoming an orthodontist from the get-go!
And I felt that it was really beneficial for me because you need to be a strong applicant it's a very competitive field, and I was able to know (my aim) from the beginning to be very on top of things, like requirements and exams. That was a real benefit.
That being said I actually know a lot of people that figure this out in the second year of dental school or third year of dental school and that's absolutely ok!
What matters is that you need to figure out what you really love, if you can see yourself as a general dentist, or if you love something more that you could see yourself practising every day whether that's periodontics prosthodontics endodontics etc.
Specialising is wonderful but you really need to love doing that speciality because it is something that you are going to be doing for the rest of your life
That being said if you decide to go for general dentistry you can always specialise in that area, for example, you could do just veneers, you could do more implants or crowns it's up to you, and ultimately you have the option and I feel that that's what's great about dentistry, you can go any which way you would like to!
And for me, the road itself was quite challenging, but when you really love something, it makes it easier.
And if you ever have a doubt about specialisation, about whether it's (a certain dental speciality) really something you would see yourself do. Try to do an externship or to shadow someone for a bit. Go to your postgrad programme if you're in dental school.
If you don't know if that's what you want to do, get feedback from other people.
You could do a chart and balance the pros and cons and that might help make that decision from that point on!
(All) That being said I feel like no matter what if you are in dentistry you made a wonderful choice whether your specialising or not
And if you ever have a question please feel free to reach out!