K. William (“Buddy”) Mopper, Cofounder and Chairman
of Cosmedent, Inc., an Illinois-based corporation dedicated to training
dentists in the burgeoning field of cosmetic dentistry and to developing
and marketing aesthetic dental materials to the profession, has
been selected as the second recipient of the Irwin Smigel Prize
in Aesthetic Dentistry. The prize will be presented to Dr. Mopper
in spring 2003 at an NYU Continuing Education Symposium on aesthetic
dentistry at a date to be announced.
NYU College of Dentistry
established the Smigel Prize in 2000 to recognize the pioneering
achievements in aesthetic dentistry of Dr. Irwin Smigel, a graduate
of the NYU College of Dentistry and the Founder and President of
the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, and to honor significant
contributions to the field by others across the globe.
The Smigel Prize carries
with it a $5,000 stipend and an award designed by Calvin Klein.
The inaugural recipient of the prize was Dr. Ronald E. Goldstein,
a cofounder and Past President of the American Academy of Esthetic
Dentistry and a past president of the International Federation of
“By every measure,
the perfect candidate for the distinction of receiving the Irwin
Smigel Prize in Aesthetic Dentistry is Buddy Mopper,” said
Dean Alfano. “Dr. Mopper is a visionary and a person of great
achievement, who has played a pivotal role in advancing aesthetic
dentistry. His devotion to education and innovation has inspired
countless dentists in pursuit of excellence.”
As the cofounder
of Cosmedent, Inc., in 1982, Dr. Mopper made his mark in what was
then an emerging field by promoting a new class of dental materials
made from stronger, longer-lasting composite resins. Modern resins
have changed the face of dentistry and Cosmedent was one of the
pioneers in this movement.
In 1998, Cosmedent
opened the Center for Esthetic Excellence, which offers cosmetic
dentists a highly interactive educational program designed to expand
their knowledge and skills.
to directing the Center’s educational programs, Dr. Mopper
maintains an active private practice, and also teaches continuing
dental education at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry,
the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, the State University
of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, and the University
of Florida at Gainesville College of Dentistry.