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Meet Annapolis MD Dentist Scott Finlay, DDS


Scott Finlay, DDS, FAGD, FAACD is an internationally recognized and acclaimed dentist who practices bicoastally in Oxnard, California and in Annapolis, Maryland.  He has provided comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry since 1986.

Dr. Finlay has been repeatedly recognized for his excellence in cosmetic and general dentistry and presents with credentials that are second to none:

      • Board recognized Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry
      • Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
      • Chair and Director of the American Board of Cosmetic and Esthetic Dentistry
      • Resident Expert Emeritus of Dental Esthetics for the Dawson Academy
      • Recipient of 2 Evy Awards (Oscars of Dentistry) from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
      • Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
      • Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry 
      • Examiner & Lecturer for the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry
      • Author of the “Contemporary Concepts in Smile Design: Diagnosis and Treatment Evaluation in Cosmetic Dentistry”
      • Authored dozens of scientific articles in national and international dental publications
      • Appeared on Fox News as an authority in esthetic dentistry for a local news affiliate
      • Best General & Cosmetic Dentist in Annapolis, What’s Up Magazine, every year since 2006
      • Greater Annapolis’ Best Dentist, Exclusively Annapolis Magazine, every year since 2004
      • Perennially One of America’s Top Dentists, Consumers Research Council of America


Boston College: Undergraduate Training
The University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery: Dental Degree (Cum Laude, Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society)
Washington D.C. Area Trauma Hospital: Graduate Practice Residency Program


Dr. Scott Finlay has extensive postgraduate training. His studies have focused on restorative and cosmetic dentistry. His training includes continuums of advanced dental study at NYU Dental School in Manhattan, UCLA Dental School in Beverly Hills, California, and the internationally recognized Las Vegas Institute.

Dr. Finlay has studied directly under some of the nation’s leading gurus in restorative dentistry, including Dr. Pete Dawson in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. John Kois in Tacoma, Washington, and Dr. Frank Spears in Seattle, Washington.


Dr. Finlay is one of only 75 dentists worldwide to achieve Accredited Fellowship through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD Accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in the industry.

Dr. Finlay served on the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry and continues to serve as an Examiner/Lecturer in the credentialing process for Accreditation.

Dr. Finlay has been published in several nationally distributed professional journals and is a recent past Contributing Editor of the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, representing the Examiner’s Perspective.  A complete list of his contributed articles can be found on this site.  He is the Senior Editor/Author of the “Contemporary Concepts in Smile Design: Diagnosis and Treatment Evaluation in Cosmetic Dentistry” which is the principal reference for smile design in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Accreditation Credential.

Dr. Finlay is also a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and past President of the Anne Arundel County Dental Society.


Dr. Finlay joined the Dawson Academy as a Senior Faculty member in 2008.  Although a majority of his professional focus remains his clinical practice, in this capacity as a Senior Faculty for the Dawson Academy, he served as a teacher and mentor to other dentists across the US and in the United Kingdom and Japan where he lectured on the latest techniques and procedures that he has successfully implemented to provide quality, durable aesthetic dental rehabilitation for his patients. The Dawson Academy is one of the leading iconic continuing education centers in the country that emphasizes a philosophy of complete dentistry for patients based on the principles of biological, structural, and functional health.  He was appointed the Resident Expert in Dental Esthetics in 2017.