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.


"As I’ve come to expect, everyone at Contemporary Dental Arts was fantastic. I’m always made to feel at home and Dr. Shannard and her team are outstanding. Whether in for a cleaning or a crown, I know I’m in good hands."



"This is a wonderful dental practice, led by Dr. Lauren Shannard. Dr. Shannard is a perfectionist both in techniques and in ability to match color and shape on crowns and repairs. The facility is up-to-date and well furnished. The team, including dental assistant Marie and hygienists, are all excellent. I highly recommend this practice."



"I habe been a patient at Contemporary Dental Arts for 13 yrs. I love coming here for all my dental needs: friendly, exceedingly professional care, & clean. Julie at the front desk is friendly & accommodating. Mary the Dental Hygenist is exceptionally thorough and professional— you really feel her care and her 40+ yrs of expertise shines through in her cleanings. And she’s great to be with. Dr Shannard genuinely cares about her patients, is incredibly professional, and her expertise is the reason I keep returning."



"Dr Shanard and her team are wonderful people. Julie is an amazing helper on the front counter. Everyone is so organized and the facility is very clean. I only use contemporary dental arts for my dental and oral care needs."



"The whole group here is professional and knowledgeable. Special thanks to Marie. She was so friendly and helpful."