Smile Experience exhibit to open at National Museum of Dentistry

May 11, 2009
Exhibit to premiere June 6, 2009.

BALTIMORE, Maryland--The National Museum of Dentistry has announced the premiere June 6, 2009, of The Smile Experience exhibit.

This multimedia presentation reveals the amazing power of a smile from a historical look at how people have sought to enhance their smiles since ancient times to the impact that modern cosmetic dentistry now has on creating healthy smiles that give people confidence and change lives.

"People have always wanted a beautiful smile, but how they achieved that has changed over time," said National Museum of Dentistry Executive Director Rosemary Fetter. "The Smile Experience reveals the power of a healthy smile and pays tribute to the achievements of Dr. Irwin Smigel, known as the father of esthetic dentistry."

The Smile Experience begins with an interactive station where visitors can take a snapshot of their unique smiles and instantly upload it to the Wall of Smiles monitor. It continues with a video presentation that takes visitors on a journey around the world to reveal the beauty of a smile in all cultures and ages.

Viewers will see how people have enhanced their smiles throughout history. Starting with the ancient Mayans who decorated their teeth with jade and the Elizabethans who whitened their teeth with acid to Dr. Irwin Smigel's introduction of tooth bonding to the American public to the beginning of the modern age of cosmetic dentistry with the television show "That's Incredible."

Visitors can test their celebrity savvy by matching the signature smiles of iconic stars of movies, sports, and music in the Guess the Smile game then explore Dr. Smigel's before-and after cases that reveal the science and artistry of cosmetic dentistry through real-life smile transformations.

"I am humbled by this extraordinary tribute," said Dr. Smigel. "I hope this exhibit will help educate the thousands of children and families who visit each year about the importance of developing good oral care habits early, and the joy of a healthy smile. Clean, healthy teeth are a marker of good health and happiness."

This new interactive exhibit will be installed in the Museum's 32 Terrific Teeth galleries, an homage to the dentist and tooth-related items in modern culture. The National Museum of Dentistry, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a national center where visitors learn the importance of a healthy smile and the history of dentistry.

Recognized for its exhibits and programs that educate the public about the importance of oral health in a healthy life, the museum attracts 10,000 visitors per year.

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