Dr. Irwin Smigel, the widely-recognized “father of aesthetic dentistry”
Dr. Irwin Smigel, the widely recognized “father of aesthetic dentistry,”
was honored in October at a gala benefit-celebration sponsored by the NYU
College of Dentistry to mark the inaugural presentation of the Dr. Irwin
Smigel Prize in Aesthetic Dentistry. Nearly 400 guests turned out to pay
tribute to Dr. Smigel and congratulate Dr. Ronald E. Goldstein, the first
recipient of the Smigel Prize. The evening raised funds to provide aesthetic
dental care for needy young adult patients at NYUCD who suffer from damaged
teeth and low self-esteem.
A highlight of the event, held at the glamorous Tavern on the Green in
New York, was entertainment provided by Irwin and Lucia Smigel’s son Robert,
an Emmy Award- winning writer for Conan O’Brien and Saturday Night
Live. The hilarity continued with SNL star Jimmy Fallon and a specially
produced video featuring Conan himself, Adam Sandler, and Dana Carvey.
In paying tribute to Dr. Smigel, Dean Alfano said, “Irwin Smigel is one
of those rare individuals who has devoted his life to helping others. Whether
redesigning smiles and improving the oral health and appearance of his patients,
teaching students all over the world the techniques of aesthetic dentistry
that he has pioneered, or sharing his vast knowledge in articles and interviews,
he has, in all cases, earned the respect and admiration of his patients,
colleagues, and the public at large. “In establishing the Irwin Smigel Prize
in Aesthetic Dentistry, the NYU College of Dentistry is paying tribute to
an individual who has brought great prestige to the field of aesthetic dentistry,
great honor to his alma mater and the profession, and greatly improved appearance
and well-being to his patients.”
Night Live start Jimmy Fallon doing his famous impersonation of
Robert De Niro.
recipient of the Smigel Prize, Dr. Ronald E. Goldstein, is a clinical
professor of oral rehabilitation at the Medical College of Georgia, an
adjunct clinical professor of prosthodontics at Boston University, a visiting
professor of oral and maxillofacial imaging and continuing education at
the University of Southern California, and an adjunct professor of restorative
dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The presentation
of the inaugural Smigel Prize, which was created by Calvin Klein, capped
a major lecture by Dr. Goldstein earlier that day at NYUCD.
Smigel, Dean Alfano, and Dr. Goldsteain admire the Smigel Prize created
by designer Calvin Klein.