The Smile Stealers

The Smile Stealers is a book which unearths the incredible evolution of dentistry through shocking tales of painful extractions and anatomically accurate drawings and sketches.


The book highlights the ‘social attitudes’ that many people had towards dentistry and how it was not seen as a serious profession for a long time. Most importantly, The Smile Stealers describes the journey of dentistry and how it became the well-respected area of expertise that it is now:

“The Smile Stealers probes the evolution of dentistry from the excruciating endeavours of crude early practitioners to the swift, painless procedures of cosmetic dentistry today.”

With its tremendous insight this book also features artistic gems from as early as 1505 and includes work from artists such as Nicolas Duplois and Jan Van Bruggen.


When dentistry was at its most careless and practiced by non-professionals, that only sought to gain extra cash, it seemed that drawing the act of tooth-pulling was very popular. And it is easy to understand why as the people depicted in such paintings are often seen writhing in agony as the tooth-puller proudly showboats his poor work. Thankfully, these painful visits to the dentist are now, mostly, a thing of the past and the book rightly congratulates dentistry for its incredible development.

Medical artwork by the likes of John Mouat show the human mouth and skull in immense detail. Careful illustrations of dental prosthetics and equipment such as the Pelican – a tool used for extracting teeth which was invented in the 1300s – covers the pages of this book and successfully brings the stories of medieval dentistry to life.


The tales featured in this book are enough to hook readers, but the artwork inside makes it even better. Rich in detail, precision and anatomical correctness the art featured in this book is stunning, eerie and insightful all at once.

You can purchase The Smile Stealers here

Take a look at some images directly from the book here 


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