Do you want to hear how I saved $1,000 just by asking some questions to this doctor? Well, let’s all be smart consumers. I call these questions “smart questions”. I know teachers tell their students, “There is no such thing as a stupid question” and I know exactly why they say that they want their students to throw questions and be curious, and don’t stop learning but let’s be honest. There are stupid questions. And there are smart questions. These smart questions will eventually help you learn something, help you save money and make a good decision. I do have a few pairs of glasses, but with no prescription. I just have them as… protective glasses. after 14 years my vision’s still 20/20 so I could say the surgery was very successful and I am so happy that I had my Lasik surgery done what I want to talk about is my experience with this doctor. So I went in the room after they checked my cornea and the doctor showed me two Flyers one flyer was with the old machine picture of the old machine. The other one was a new machine new technology and the doctor said this new machine is a new a Laser Technology. And the first question I asked him. So what’s the difference in price? And he said this old one, $1,000 and new one $2,000. So it was going to cost me twice as much you must be like “what a grand for lasik surgeries?” yeah, I know now days.. you know it’s like $3,500, $4,000… Yeah. It was like 14~15 years ago when I had it done. Well the next question I asked him, so Doc? why is it better? How is better? because I’ll be spending twice as much so there’s got to be something better with this new technology the new machine, right? The doctor told me this old machine is about 10 years old and then the new machine they got it like several months ago. And he also said a lot of people are getting $2,000 one, right away You could tell the difference… the quality of the flyers itself… too, it was like very old ugly looking paper and then this new flyer with the new machine was like hard very clean and even the machine looked very modern. So my next question, I’m like, okay what is the major difference? but right then.. my wife sitting next to me goes Hey, Joseph.. stop asking questions. Just get this new machine, you know, there’s got to be a reason why this is more expensive that’s got to be good. I knew exactly why my wife kept pushing me to get the more expensive one.. And I think a lot of people are that way when it’s more expensive, You know… you think it’s better, right? But I guess I’m little different. I have to process a few things to just make sure what I’m getting and if it’s worth it…so my next question was how are they different? What’s the major difference between these two machines? and the doctor said, oh how the laser cuts and removes the Cornea, or the tissue inside the cornea. It’s different. So I said is it better with the new machine? And how is it better? Can you explain to just a little bit? and I think that’s when this doctor kind of realized I’m not an easy guy.. to sell the upgrades. So he said, oh, it’s just a different pattern of the laser shooting and cutting and removing the tissue so, right away I asked him.. so If you use the new machine you get a better result? and the old machine is not going to give you 20/20 Vision? And the doctor goes..,, no no no, you still get a good result and then… I’m like, okay, so you had this machine for 10 years, You probably did hundreds of thousands of patients using the old machine did their lasiks and they are all fine? And the doctor goes.. Yeah, it’s it’s good. It’s still good. It’s just a new Technology, that’s why we got it. right there! It did not make sense spending twice as much using the new laser machine. It was just basically doing the same thing as far as the warranty or guarantee goes no difference and sometimes I throw this question to the sales guy or doctor or whoever it is “if it was for you which one would you go with?” And yeah… The doctor told me “yeah, I’d get the $1,000 one. No difference It will still give me a good result, 20/20 vision.” So I’m like, oh, okay, that sounds good. And then the whole time my wife is like… “No, Don’t get the cheap one, get the more expensive one!’ it’s got to be better. Why are you getting the cheaper one? You know, it’s your eyes, you know, you don’t want to take a chance. It’s too risky” but you know, I went ahead and got the surgery done like i said.. for 14 years. I had no problem doing my dentistry, driving, everything. I’m happy. So what I’m trying to tell you today is…. when your dentist recommends you something whether it’s a short treatment plant or long treatment plan. It doesn’t matter you have to process everything, ask a lot of questions smart questions. You want to know why they’re recommending it and if there are alternative options for your treatment different materials, you have to know these things instead of just sitting there and say yes, I feel bad.. I just throw them a lot of information and some patients, they just don’t care… they’re like, okay “just do whatever you have to do and then I want to be outta here”. I understand but you want to be a smart patient, smart consumer Many dentists will push you toward the treatment they are more comfortable with… it could be because of their skills or profit.. many reasons… uh.. dentists will do that. Everybody will do that. even car salesperson… you’ve got to have enough time, quality time, ask questions. That way you can have a better informed decision. a few examples. I want to show you these patients did get these 1-day crown at other offices. And as you can see there are some openings the gap between the crown and the tooth is filled with cements. some leaky margins Am I replacing all those? because it shows some problem on the x-rays? My answer is no I want to, I want to see if it really really has to be replaced… then I’d recommend. so there are just so many of these crowns I am watching and that’s why my patients do come back every 6 months and for me to check and make sure it’s not going bad. All these patients are telling me .. oh they didn’t know about these crowns and they didn’t know they were weaker than traditional crowns. They thought because they were more expensive, they thought it was better quality or better crowns. So before you make a decision, you want to know all the pros and cons why you’re getting it, just to compare the strength… these one-day crowns, we are talking about 300~400 megapascal(Mpa) and like a tradition crown, PFG or zirconia crowns.. we’re talking about close to 1,000 megapascal.. Aesthetically, I like “human touch”. lab technicians go in there and then put these porcelain, layer by layer and bake it and we can see a big difference as far as the aesthiecs go. Am I seeing these one- day crowns are bad? No, It’s an amazing technology. They can make a crown in a couple of hours. So at times, you know, it works, it’s there. It’s available. For some patients It’s a better choice! Another picture, this patient. thought that was the best option for him. So that’s why his smile’s looking like that. So I asked him, you know, do you want something better? You want to see what your options are? and then he started asking me questions. What are other ways that he can fix his smile? So we went over these questions and options and then there… that’s his new smile. I know it’s not perfect but compared to his old smile, I think it’s way better. Here’s another patient having a crown in the front and he was not 100% happy, but he thought that was the best his previous dentist could do, so I showed him a lot of before after pictures showed him different materials and different ways we can do, to improve his smile. And yeah, this is his smile. Again. It’s not a hundred percent perfect… Another patient showing before-and-after when these patients got these first crowns.. They just didn’t have enough, or quality time asking questions and knowing all their options available. So, let’s all be smart consumers, smart patients, throw, throw a lot of good smart questions to your dentist!!!!