Generally, when you think of dentists portrayed on either the big screen or the silver screen, they’re hatching some diabolical plan in some sort of horror movie. It’s a commonality that doesn’t exactly do wonders to boost the perception of dentists across the country. The good news is for every bad guy dentist in movies and on TV, there are some really great ones.
Here are a few of the funny, charming and downright adorable dentists we’ve seen in the entertainment world over the years.
The Best Dentists on TV and in Film
Tim Whatley (Bryan Cranston)
Long before Bryan Cranston starred as Walter White in the hit “Breaking Bad,” he was a scene-stealing recurring character on “Seinfeld,” where he played Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry’s dentist. We recommend watching “The Mom and Pop Store,” where the gang brings a chewed up pencil to Whatley so he can tell them if the bite mark is that of actor Jon Voight.
Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais)
Ricky Gervais is best known for his stand-up comedy and creating the original British version of “The Office” television show. However, in his first leading film role, he plays Dr. Bertram Pincus, a dentist who can speak to ghosts, in Ghost Town. Gervais brings the charm that he’s known for as well as some memorable one-liners to the role.
Barry Farber (Mitchell Whitfield)
Another supporting character, you may remember Dr. Barry Farber in several early episodes in the hit sitcom “Friends.” Farber was Rachel’s ex fiancée, who then went on to marry Rachel’s ex-best friend. (On a related side note, we can also give a hat tip to Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel on “Friends,” who also went on to play a very R-rated dentist in the comedy Horrible Bosses.)
Hermey the Misfit Elf (Paul Soles, Scott McNeil)
We can’t have a list of best TV dentists without mentioning Hermey the Misfit Elf. He appeared in the made-for-TV animated adventure “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” as a North Pole elf who wanted to become a dentist, who then goes on to help Rudolph save Christmas. Hermey also appeared in a 2001 made-for-TV film, where he was working as an accomplished dentist.
Dr. Philip Sherman (Bill Hunter)
Don’t recognize this name? What about P. Sherman of 42 Wallaby Way, Sidney? That’s right – Dr. Sherman is the dentist from one of our favorite Pixar flicks, Finding Nemo. While we don’t get to know Dr. Sherman all too well, some of our favorite Nemo moments took place right in his dental office, including the introduction of his orthodontic headgear-wearing niece, Darla.
Take a look at our favorite scene below. It gives us a laugh, but also incredibly accurate from a dental standpoint!
Find a Dentist You’ll Love
While we’ve listed a few of the on-screen dentists we love, we think finding a dentist you can trust in the real world is much more important.
Dental anxiety is very real in this world. At Caven Dental, when we see patients, we give them plenty of time. We have television in the ceilings, blankets and headphones – you can even control the volume! We’ll give you the remote control, aroma therapy and make sure you’re comfortable when you’re here.
To schedule an appointment, contact Caven Dental today!