Irwin Smigel

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Irwin Smigel
Born (1924-10-09)October 9, 1924
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Died October 17, 2016(2016-10-17) (aged 92)
Manhattan, New York
Occupation Dental Surgeon, entrepreneur
Known for Dental Surgery
Spouse(s) Lucia
Children 2

Irwin Elliot Smigel (October 9, 1924 – October 17, 2016) was an American aesthetic dentist and entrepreneur.

Smigel cofounded the American Society for Dental Aesthetics with Leonard Linkow. Smigel was involved with many major developments in dentistry over the past three decades, including: laminates, veneers, changing facial structures and teeth whitening.

Smigel and his wife, Lucia Smigel, have two children: the writer/comedian Robert Smigel and Bellanca Smigel Rutter. He died in Manhattan from pneumonia on October 17, 2016.[1]


Smigel graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry in 1950.[citation needed]

Later years[edit]

Smigel practiced on Madison Avenue in New York City and was a visiting lecturer for several postgraduate aesthetic dentistry programs, including the University of Minnesota Dental School, SUNY School of Dentistry – Buffalo, University of Missouri Dental School, Case Western University and the Baylor University School of Dentistry.



American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 1994: Outstanding Contribution to Aesthetic Dentistry Award.

New York University College of Dentistry creation of the Irwin Smigel Prize in Aesthetic Dentistry presented to dentists for outstanding contributions to the world of aesthetic dentistry.[1]

In June 2009, the National Museum of Dentistry, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, honored Smigel in a new historical exhibition called The Smile Experience.


  1. ^ a b Roberts, Sam (2016-10-17). "Irwin Smigel, New York Dentist Behind Cosmetic Techniques, Dies at 92". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-13.