Meet Lauren J. Shanard, D.D.S.  

Cosmetic Dentist Williston, Vermont  

A Word from Dr. Lauren Shanard

I am Dr. Lauren J. Shanard, a general dentist with a busy, quality-focused private practice in Williston, Vermont. My specialty is creating healthy, beautiful, distinctive smiles for the faces of Vermonters. I have a passion for excellence and artistry in dentistry, and over the course of more than 20 years, I have created some of the most beautiful smiles in our communities. Above all else, I am driven by the desire to give my patients the exceptional care that they deserve! I perform dentistry of all types, from the simplest to the most complex, on patients of all ages. Whether you require general dental treatments such as root canal therapy or extraction, a complex dental implant procedure, or a complete smile makeover, it will be my pleasure to provide you with exceptional care and a gentle hand. The dentistry done in my practice always has an aesthetic focus.

Many people do not realize that any dentist can say that he or she is a cosmetic dentist. Most dentists who advertise cosmetic dentistry services, however, do not have the proper training to design a smile that is unique to each patient, let alone craft restorations that truly mimic nature. This is an art form with a skill set that requires extensive specialized training.

When it comes to selecting a dentist to improve the health and beauty of your smile, you should always make sure that he or she is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. And in the state of Vermont, there is and always has been only one accredited cosmetic dentist: Lauren J. Shanard, D.D.S. She is among an elite group of only 350 dentists worldwide to have received this prestigious accreditation.

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Dr. Lauren Shanard of Contemporary Dental Arts, P.C., in Burlington, Vermont and Williston, Vermont, discusses her background and education. She talks about why she is drawn to dentistry and the satisfaction she enjoys from helping her patients improve their self-confidence and self-esteem. Dr. Shanard spends 50-100 hours every year in continuing education so that she can provide her patients with the best possible care.

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People travel from throughout Vermont to Dr. Shanard's practice in Williston in search of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry of the most surpassing and uncompromising quality. With a career that has spanned more than two decades, Dr. Shanard has the experience, training, passion, and unique artistry to create a smile that will become your best feature. She has created many of Vermont's most beautifully distinctive smiles, for a patient base that covers the full gamut of our state's amazing personalities: from organic farmers to nurses, homemakers to bankers, lawyers to clergy - most recently, even Miss Teen Vermont!

Dr. Shanard is especially proud of her private practice, Contemporary Dental Arts and her carefully assembled team, comprised of the most compassionate, personable, and reassuring human beings you could ever hope to meet. Their passion for quality and desire to provide the best possible care to our valued patients is unrivaled.

As part of her dedication to providing her patients with the most promising and effective techniques and technologies available, Dr. Shanard frequently participates in continuing education programs, logging 50 to 100 hours each year in Master's level courses. She strives for only the best because you deserve only the best.

When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Shanard is usually spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors. She lives in Burlington, Vermont with her son, Jacob. She is an expert Alpine skier, and loves water skiing in the summer. She is also an avid runner. Dr. Shanard enjoys a good glass of wine, relaxing with friends, and mostly hanging out with her son either at home or in the mountains of Vermont.

Educational and Professional Background

Dr. Shanard graduated from the University of Iowa School of Dentistry in 1988, followed by an intensive year-long advanced general dentistry residency. Next, she moved to the Burlington, Vermont area, where she was part of a group practice for seven years. In 1995, she opened Contemporary Dental Arts, a practice devoted to reconstructive, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. She is proud to be able to share her expertise and affinity for dentistry with her patients and colleagues, and she truly believes in the importance of not only healthy smiles, but also beautiful smiles.

Reflective of her desire always to evolve professionally and personally, Dr. Shanard is an active member of several prestigious dental organizations. She is the only dentist in the state of Vermont to be accredited by American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In addition, she is the immediate past president of the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Vermont State Dental Society.

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Dr. Shanard would love to introduce you to a dental experience far different from any you have ever had. Discover for yourself the Contemporary Dental Arts different. Contact our cosmetic dentist in Williston, Vermont today.

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