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October 9, 1924|
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
|Died||October 17, 2016
Manhattan, New York
|Occupation||Dental Surgeon, innovator|
|Known for||Dental Surgery|
Irwin Elliot Smigel (October 9, 1924 – October 17, 2016) was an American aesthetic dentist, innovator and philanthropist.
Smigel founded the American Society for Dental Aesthetics(ASDA), and was President of the ASDA until his death in 2016. Smigel was involved with many major developments in dentistry over the past three decades, including: tooth bonding, laminates, veneers, changing facial structures and teeth whitening. New York University College of Dentistry dubbed him "The Father of Aesthetic Dentistry"in 2000.In 2009, The National Museum of Dentistry, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, created a permanent exhibition called The Smile Experience and reiterated that Smigel was the father of Aesthetic Dentistry.
Smigel graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry in 1950. In the late 1970's Smigel appeared on ABC's "That's Incredible" where he performed "live" tooth-bonding on a patient for the first time on national television. He was called the "pioneer of tooth-bonding" on that show.
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.He lectured throughout the country to practicing dentists and worldwide in countries including India, Korea, Israel, Turkey, Japan, South America, Canada. The Smigel Prize was created to allow people who could not afford aesthetic dentistry, to obtain this type of dental work at The New York University College of Dentistry.
Numerous articles in Dentistry Today and many other dental trade journals.
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 1994: Outstanding Contribution to Aesthetic Dentistry Award.
- 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.