Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Vocaturo, why did you get into dentistry?
I was actually afraid of the dentist. When I was about seven years old and attending Catholic grammar school, I got a cavity. The nuns wouldn’t let me back into school until I got it fixed. My parents took me to the dentist, and I escaped out the window three times! I wouldn’t stay until the fourth time, when my father told the dentist to give me gas—nitrous oxide.
That was around Christmas time. Then I watched “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and I saw the little elf that wanted to be a dentist. After that, I never wanted to be anything else. I’ve always been very artistic and creative with my hands. I’m a musician, and I love sculpting and painting. Dentistry turned out to be a very happy marriage of the things I enjoy.
Dr. Vocaturo, you are widely known as a top cosmetic dentist. What is your background and passion for cosmetic dentistry?
I’ve always been into art and design, and in dental school, I found cosmetics to be the most personally rewarding. When I graduated, I went through the process of becoming accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and board certified by the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, becoming one of the youngest dentists to gain those credentials. I then received a fellowship from the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics.
I’ve always tried to work outside the box, coming up with new techniques and products and ways of making things work. I experience a great sense of reward when someone comes in unhappy with the way they look, and within a few hours or a few visits, I can totally change that person’s life. It’s a true passion of mine.
Your practice is in a highly competitive area of New Jersey. What separates you from your competitors, and why do you have such an outstanding reputation?
One of the biggest compliments we receive from patients is that they love coming here because we treat them like family. We also have a very upbeat and happy vibe.
I am sought after because of my background and certifications in cosmetics. I tend to get referrals for the more complex or aesthetically challenging cases. Word has spread throughout the state that I’m the person to look at these tough cases, which brings people to my door.
Continuing education in dentistry is critically important. What are your recent courses, accreditations, and associations, and why are they important to your clients?
I believe we need to go above and beyond the state requirements for continuing education. I normally complete 100 to 150 hours each year, and I require my team members to gain at least 50 per year. I am accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of Comprehensive Aesthetics, and the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. There are continuing education and national meeting requirements to retain those accreditations as well.
All in all, dental technology and materials evolve so fast that as a dentist, if you’re doing the same thing you did six months ago, you’re behind the times. I believe in staying on top of all the changes to give patients the maximum benefits and the best results.
What would you like your patients to know about your personal life outside of your practice?
First and foremost, I enjoy spending time with my two sons. One is going into dentistry, and the other is pursuing law. I also enjoy traveling and working out. I’m a drummer, and I love going out and just spending time with family and friends. I definitely don’t fit the profile of a traditional dentist, and people are always surprised to find out I am, because I’m just an everyday person enjoying life.
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