Although there are no dedicated cosmetic dentistry schools, there are schools that offer cosmetic dentistry courses. Cosmetic dentistry is a specialty that can be pursued by those who have already graduated from dental schools.
10 Schools with Cosmetic Dentistry-Related Programs
The following schools offer programs that include study in cosmetic dentistry. Tuition listed does not include additional fees.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, Michigan||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||Year 1 $76,400, Year 2 $57,300** (2015-2016)**|
|University of Washington - Seattle Campus||Seattle, Washington||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||Resident $30,000, Non-resident $39,000 (2016-2017)**|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, California||4-year, Private||Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||Years 1-3 $87,804, Year 4 $58,536 (2016-2017)**|
|Boston University||Boston, Massachusetts||4-year, Private||Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||$72,000 (2016-2017)**|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa||4-year, Public||Doctoral||Residents $42,513, Non-residents $66,533 (2016-2017)**|
|Nova Southeastern University||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||4-year, Private||Residents $62,350, Non-residents $62,850 (2015-2016)**|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||Chicago, Illinois||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||Residents $15,890, Non-residents $28,590 (2016-2017)**|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||New York, New York||4-year, Private||Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||$42,280* (2015-2016)|
|Tufts University||Boston, Massachusetts||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$70,712 (2017-2018)**|
|University of Rochester||Rochester, New York||4-year, Private||Graduate Certificate||$1,538/Credit Hour (2016-2017)**|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics **School websites
School Selection Criteria
Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized field, and there aren't any schools specifically devoted to it; this is because it isn't a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Consider the following if you are looking to study cosmetic dentistry:
- When looking for a dental school, aspiring cosmetic dentists should comb through the course offerings to see if there are any classes that relate to cosmetic dentistry so they can start their training early.
- Post-doctoral opportunities vary in length and focus, so students should choose a plan that suits their career goals and academic interests.
- Residencies in prosthodontics are available for students who want to go beyond cosmetic procedures into complex reconstructive techniques.
- Consider available stipends and financial aid that may decrease the cost of further training after dental school.
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Programs
After earning a bachelor's degree, aspiring dentists must earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. These programs provide a combination of scientific coursework and clinical training in order to prepare students for licensure so that they can practice in the field. They include an introduction to all nine dental specialties, one of which is prosthodontics. This specialty covers the cosmetic aspects of dentistry, such as replacing missing teeth and correcting orofacial defects.
Post-Graduate Certificate Programs
After earning a DDS, aspiring prosthodontists must spend at least three years in a post-graduate prosthodontics training program. At some schools, these are called residency programs. These programs confer graduate certificates and provide the focused theoretical and clinical experience that trained dentists need in order to focus their careers on cosmetic dentistry. Students learn about implant dentistry, implant surgery and facial disorders, among other advanced topics.
Dual Certificate/Degree Programs
It is important to note that some programs offer their prosthodontic certificate programs in dual-degree formats, allowing students to simultaneously earn a research-based master's or doctoral degree. In addition to the clinical and classroom-based coursework required for the graduate certificate, students who choose one of these options may complete a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation on a specific topic related to cosmetic dentistry. In total, these programs take 4 to 7 years to complete.
Cosmetic dentistry courses are sometimes included in DDS programs, and graduates who want to specialize in the fields can find relevant programs in prosthodontic dentistry. Programs are available at four-year universities and specialized oral science schools.