Becoming a cosmetic dentist is very rewarding. You are able to bring beautiful smiles to the faces of your clients while improving their oral health. This kind of work isn’t easy and requires an extensive education. The path to becoming a cosmetic dentist begins with the completion of some sort of post-secondary education. Most dentists start with a bachelor degree. You must then attend dental school where you will earn either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). These programs typically take four years to complete and are highly competitive. After you graduate you must then become licensed, and approved by the American Dental Association.
If you have the determination and drive to complete all of the above, you’ll want to consider attending the best schools for cosmetic dentistry. This article will explore the best options for a cosmetic dental education.
Top Schools for Cosmetic Dentistry
University of Southern California (USC):
USC offers 4-year private programs in dentistry and offers doctoral as well as graduate certificate degrees. The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry offers programs to obtain your DDS as well as advanced postgraduate degrees in dentistry. Dr. Rodney Raanan obtained his DDS from USC and highly recommends the school.
University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA):
UCLA offers DDS programs as well as several two-year post-graduate programs including programs in esthetic dentistry. Dr. Raanan has been a part of the faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry and can attest to the school’s thorough and impressive methods.
Tufts, located in Boston, has an excellent 4-year private program for obtaining your DMD. They also offer a 2-year post-graduate specialty program which focuses on esthetic and operative dentistry.
New York City’s Columbia University has an excellent 4-year program for obtaining your doctorate. You can obtain your DDS from Columbia as well as complete several specialized postdoctoral and residency programs.
Boston University offers doctoral, master’s, and graduate certificate programs in dentistry. You can obtain your DDS from this renowned university or complete their two-year postdoctoral program (CAGS) which offers training in aesthetic dentistry in Beverly Hills CA.
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor:
This public institution offers 4-year programs for the completion of your DDS. The school also offers master’s programs as well as post-graduate specialty programs in several disciplines such as restorative dentistry (which is a significant portion of cosmetic work).
University of Iowa:
The University of Iowa is also a public institution. They offer 4-year doctoral programs through which you can obtain your DDS.
For more information on the wonderful world of cosmetic dentistry or to receive dental treatment in the Beverly Hills area, contact the office of Dr. Rodney Raanan today.