Lauren J. Shanard, DDS, AAACD

Meet Dr. Shanard

Dr. Lauren J. Shanard is a dentist proudly serving residents in and around the Burlington area and greater New York. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Shanard has a passion for creating beautiful and healthy smiles using her skills in both artistry and advanced dentistry techniques. Her goal when treating patients at Contemporary Dental Arts is to create results that restore both the functionality and aesthetic appeal of their smiles. People travel from throughout Vermont to Dr. Shanard's practice in search of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry procedures. With accreditation from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Shanard is able to skillfully provide enhanced outcomes for her patients. Dr. Shanard is also the only accredited Cosmetic Dentist in the state of Vermont. 


Skills and Specialties

At her Williston, VT practice, Dr. Shanard performs a wide variety of dental procedures and treatments in order to improve the overall oral health of her patients and renovate the appearance of their smiles. As a part of cosmetic dentistry, she offers porcelain veneers, smile makeovers, teeth whitening, and tooth-colored fillings. The restorative procedures she performs include dental bonding and contouring, dental bridges, dental crowns, full-mouth restoration, inlays and onlays, root canal therapy, and tooth extractions. Additionally, Dr. Shanard offers bone grafting, implant-retained dentures, implant-retained bridges, and implant-retained crowns for patients in need of implant dentistry options. In order to provide preventive and maintenance care, Dr. Shanard also conducts routine dental examinations and cleanings, as well as periodontal services. For patients who experience fear or anxiety about receiving dental care, Dr. Shanard’s office offers oral-conscious and nitrous oxide sedation to help them feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the treatment process.

Education and Training

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, VT area, where she was part of a group practice for seven years. In 1995, she opened Contemporary Dental Arts, a practice devoted to reconstructive, general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry.

Continuing Education

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. Each year, she logs 50 – 100 hours in master level courses. This allows her to stay up-to-date in the advancements that continue to develop in the dental industry.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Shanard is proud to be a member or leader of several prestigious dental organizations including:

  • The New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Former President
  • The American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry, Chairman
  • The American Dental Association, Member
  • The Academy of General Dentistry, Member
  • The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Member
  • The Vermont State Dental Society, Member


When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Shanard is usually spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors. She lives in Burlington, VT with her son, Jacob, and enjoys Alpine skiing, water skiing, and running. Dr. Shanard also enjoys wine tasting, relaxing with friends, and mostly hanging out with her son either at home or in the mountains of Vermont.


"What an amazing experience!"


Office Visit

"Five Stars - My teeth are requiring extensive corrective work and Dr. Shanard's office coordinated care with 4 different offices so the process, although long, was seamless and happened in the right order as quickly as possible. Very professional office and team, clean and caring."



"Relief - After years of dealing with dental allergies, I finally found a dentist who can work around them using alternative cements, materials, and taking enormous care. She gives excellent quality dentistry compared with the other dentists I have experience in my life, and Dr. Shanard's beautiful work is pain-free. My smile is being restored, as well as my faith in dentistry."



"I went to Contemporary Dental Arts because I wanted to improve the appearance of my smile and correct any hidden problems I was unaware of. After several visits I must say the results are far better than I could have hoped for and I am now very pleased when I look in the mirror! Dr. Shanard and her staff have always treated me with the greatest of care, with utmost concern for my comfort during treatment, and I know I am getting the best dental care available. My teeth are now comfortable and my smile looks great!"



"Dr. Shanard's work is exceptional, beautiful, and pain-free. She is kind and caring as a human being and meticulous as a dentist. If you have previously experienced dental allergies, this is where you go. She and her team will find what works. I travel four hours to see this dentist; she is truly worth it."