Meet Dr. Smigel

New York cosmetic dentist Irwin Smigel is the visionary who is called the “Father of Aesthetic Dentistry” by his peers.

He was at the forefront of cosmetic tooth bonding, laminate veneers and both in office and at home bleaching techniques. However, his greatest contribution is to his patients who travel from the four corners of the earth to New York to see him. Those who are lucky enough to have him work his magic are really his works of art. Dr. Smigel is truly a premier cosmetic dentist in New York and the world.Dr. Smigel not only works on making the teeth look good but his primary focus is to enhance the face.He is a cosmetic dentist who works differently from any other dentist. Every laminate and veneer is shaped by him, fitted again and again, shaped and reshaped until he balances the symmetry of the face, enhances the cheekbones and changes lip structures if necessary. His attention to detail and rare patience are keys to his success in New York. He is truly the Leonardo da Vinci of dentistry. It is no wonder that the New York University school of dentistry has named its prestigious award for lifetime achievement in cosmetic dentistry the “Irwin Smigel Prize.”

It all started in 1979 when New York cosmetic dentist, Dr. Smigel’s nationally best-selling book, Dental Health/Dental Beauty prompted an appearance on the syndicated hit TV show, “That’s Incredible.”

On this history-making appearance, Dr. Smigel performed the first nationally televised dental bonding cosmetic dentistry demonstration before the eyes of 50 million viewers. The single airing of Dr. Smigel’s amazing talent as a cosmetic dentist in New York changed the face of dentistry forever as thousands of callers flooded the network’s phone lines hoping to discover how they too could improve their smiles. Since then New York dentist Dr. Smigel has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Regis & Kathy Lee, NBC News, ABC News, Fox News and CBS News. His forthcoming book is called Saving Face – Simple Steps To Timeless Beauty. Through his continued, public improvements and advancements of aesthetic dentistry Dr. Smigel has become the most prominent cosmetic dentist in New York.

As founder and current president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, New York dentist, Dr. Smigel has personally been instrumental in establishing aesthetic dental societies in France, Italy, Japan, Korea, India, Brazil and Turkey. Dr. Smigel is a diplomat of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry.

The Smigel Prize in Aesthetic Dentistry has been established by New York University of Dentistry in honor of Dr. Irwin Smigel. The Smigel Prize is designed to honor a cosmetic dentist whose work in the field of aesthetic dentistry demonstrates excellence, talent, vision, and commitment and who have made significant contributions to the public and strengthened the areas of dental aesthetics and continuing education. The inaugural Smigel Prize in Aesthetic Dentistry was presented by Dean Alfano and Dr. Smigel at Tavern on the Green on October 23, 2000.

Known as the “Father of Aesthetic Dentistry,” Dr. Smigel is a visionary dental clinician who has been at the forefront of every major development in dentistry, including bonding, laminates, veneers, changing facial structures, and tooth whitening.  Dr. Smigel is held in the highest regard for his lifelong contributions to aesthetic dentistry, which is the art and science of making your teeth and smile more beautiful.  He takes the entire facial structure into consideration when customizing each of his cases.  Dr. Smigel was officially recognized in June 2009 by the National Museum of Dentistry, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Museum, in a permanent installation called The Smile Experience, an exhibit which pays homage to his contributions to the field.  The exhibit features his case histories of changing facial structure and videos of his remarkable real-life transformations in aesthetic dentistry.