Student Information

Student Name

Chardai Lyde




Internship Information

Company/Organization: The New York Smile Institute

Mentor(s):Pamela Stern, Dr. Dean Vafiadis

Topic of Internship

Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry

Background Information

The New York Smile Institute, located in Manhattan, is a dental practice that uses innovative dental procedures and progressive techniques while restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of its patientsí smiles. Its preeminent Aesthetic and Implant specialists are highly educated in the field of Cosmetic Dentistry, and continuously provide genuine care to their patients. The doctors have been educated at renowned and acclaimed dental programs, such as New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. Established in 1991 by Dr. Dean Vafiadis, the New York Smile Institute began as a private dental office, which performed general dental care. However, the renown reputation of the office allowed it to become internationally recognized as a state-of-the-art facility. Patients and dental professionals, alike, globally travel to receive the best overall quality from the specialists.

Summary of Internship

My internship provides me with a first-hand opportunity to observe and learn from present dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. The field of dentistry comes to life once I walk into the office and put on the white lab jacket given to me by my mentor. Through observation and discussion, I have learned about various dental cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening, bonding, bridges, crowns, dental implants, teeth impressions, constructing natural porcelain veneers, and much more. I complete tasks such as scheduling and confirming patient appointments, filing important paperwork, and organizing patient charts. Additionally, I receive hands-on learning when I assist with taking x rays and impressions of the patients teeth. Even though I want to become a pediatric dentist and my interests are not focused in the area of cosmetic dentistry, the knowledge I gain at my internship strengthens my desire to become successful in life. From the interactions with the patients to the discussions with the specialists, my urge to help others and conduct dental procedures remains unchangeable.

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