Dr. Lucas Shapiro is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery. He completed his post-doctoral orthodontic training at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He currently practices orthodontics at Lemchen Salzer Ortho in NYC.

He started the Instagram page @futuredentists, works with the educational organization @ignitedds and has an orthodontic TikTok page @drshap.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for The Dental Professional

By: Lucas Shapiro Tired of giving the same old gift or chocolate and flowers to the people…

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How Much Should You Pay For Malpractice Insurance?

By: Dr. Luke Shapiro I just got off the phone with my insurance sales rep and they…

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How and Why to get Oral Appliance Therapy

By Teresa Power DeNike | July 25, 2022

By: Teresa DeNike If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, there’s a 90% chance your doctor recommended CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). There’s a reason for that — CPAP is incredibly effective — but it might not be right for you, and the hose can be cumbersome to sleep in. If you can’t use CPAP,…

Five People You Want on Your Side as a New Dentist

Five People You Want on Your Side as a New Dentist

By Tara Aboumahboub | July 19, 2022

By: Tara Abouhmahboub When you become a dentist, navigating the job market can be a challenge, and you certainlydon’t want to do it on your own. Top 5 People To Know When Starting Your Dental Career Here are the five people you want on your side as a new dentist: 1. Accountant This one is…

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Sign-On or Stay-On Bonus?

By David Rice | July 19, 2022

By: Dr. David Rice The great resignation, team-turnover, call it what you will, is dentistry’s single greatest problem today and will continue to be for the next 1 to 1.5 years. With that, many practices have turned to sign-on bonuses in an attempt to attract top talent.  The problem is, that it’s not helping retain…

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Top 5 Mistakes New Dentists Make

By David Rice | July 14, 2022

By: Dr. David Rice Read them. Digest them. Ask igniteDDS how to avoid them! 5 Mistakes I Made As A New Dentist Here are five common mistakes new dentists make (including me): Paying Off Student Debt Too Fast Not Building Board of Directors Soon Enough Buying a House before a Practice Not Asking Enough Questions…

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Should You Consider a Dental Residency?

By Sable Muntean | July 13, 2022

By: Sable Muntean It can be tempting to jump right into the workforce after graduating from dental school, but finding a residency can be a hugely rewarding experience for new dentists — and those positions are often paid, as well. How Long Is Dental Residency? The residency process only takes a year, or potentially two,…

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The Importance of Dental Photography

By Zach Sisler | July 8, 2022

By: Zach Sisler Photography is a skill that often gets overlooked by recent dental school graduates, but it can be an essential tool at every step of running your practice. If you’re an esthetic dentist or trying to advertise on social media, taking a good picture is a skill you need for obvious reasons. But…

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7 Reasons Dentists Choose Their Dentists

By David Rice | July 7, 2022

By: Dr. David Rice Want to guarantee you’re seeing the right dentist? Here is how we dentists choose our dentist, and I’m thinking we have the inside scoop that will help you! 7 Ways Dentists Choose The Right Dentists Check out these seven reasons how we dentists choose our dentists: 1. Get in the know…

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Advice for Third Year Dental Students Starting a Clinic

By Sable Muntean | July 2, 2022

By: Dr. Sable Muntean Starting third year clinical can be one of the most intimidating parts of dental school. Learning in a classroom is one thing, but it’s quite another to start applying what you’ve learned to real people and real situations. 4 Tips to Help Third Year Dental Students Succeed Here are some words…

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How to Succeed in Aesthetic Dentistry

By Cappy Sinclair | July 2, 2022

By: Cappy Sinclair Aesthetic dentistry is one of the most exciting and rewarding niches in our industry, and a lot of young dentists find themselves wanting to move into the field. But breaking into that niche can be challenging! Finding success there requires certain skills which might not always be obvious. 4 Ways to Succeed…

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How to Best Work with Patients on Clear Aligners

By Allison Lacoursiere | June 22, 2022

By: Allison Lacoursiere Clear aligners have made themselves incredibly important to our industry in a very short span of time. Knowing how to work transparently with patients, make them aware of the benefits of orthodontics, and secure a buy-in is essential for today’s dentists. 4 Ways to Work with Patients on Clear Aligners Here are…