“That’s not how this works! That’s not how any of this works!”
Dr. Cheryl Henderson of Boring, Maryland has had it up to here with dental stock photography.
“I take my profession seriously…so why can’t the companies that supply us with stock photography do the same?”
One company that’s been working on this vexing problem is Adobe Stock. William “Woody” Logan of Adobe Stock explains, “dentists are moving away from all of the smiling, bloodless images into true dental realism. Adobe Stock wants to move dental stock photography toward the gritty truth that most dental patients are used to.”
Dr. Henderson cites numerous examples of inaccurate dental depictions that routinely appear on dental websites. “Generally speaking, patients need to be leaned back slightly in the chair to be treated. Overwhelmingly, dental stock photography allows people to think that dentistry can be delivered in a “sitting up” position. Most patients would be very uncomfortable sitting so closely to all but the most attractive dental teams.”
“Many dental images show dental professionals posing with dental instruments in their pockets, “said Dr. Henderson. “Why the hell would you keep dental instruments in your pocket? It goes against basic cleanliness as well as OSHA regulations. Even worse…dentists don’t use toothbrushes on their patients! It just doesn’t make any sense.”
Perhaps the most egregious error stock photographers make is the way that they depict dentists holding a dental drill. “You’d think they might ask one dentist how it’s supposed to be done, right?” Dr. Henderson opined. “If I ever held a handpiece like that I’d lose my license!” Dr. Henderson volunteered to pose for as many photos as necessary in an effort for stock photographers to show how it’s actually done.
“There’s just so much smiling,” said Dr. Henderson. “I’ve been working in dentistry for almost 30 years and I have yet to see patients this excited to be worked on by a dentist. Most of their smiles would be pretty lopsided from the anesthetic anyhow. All we want from these companies is a little realism.”
The CEO of Adobe Stock could not be reached for comment but several unnamed employees told us that the reason they featured dental instruments being used incorrectly is because they “looked cool” and “don’t really like going to the dentist anyhow.”
Dr. Henderson’s final appeal is to her colleagues. “If we keep buying these overpriced and inaccurate representations of our profession, they’ll just keep making them! Garbage in, garbage out! Come on people! Get your heads out of your asses!”