In memoriam: Anoop Maini

anoop mainiAn influential and well-loved clinician, Anoop Maini will rightly be remembered as a pioneer in cosmetic dentistry.

Anoop Maini, the influential and successful cosmetic dentist, has passed away. He was 49 years old.

He leaves behind a legacy of innovation and encouragement that reaches far beyond the walls of his successful London dental practice.

If a business reflects the ideals of its owner, then the compassion that patients of Aqua Dental Clinic prized so highly speaks volumes about the man himself.

Anoop’s multi-award-winning practice was formed according to principles that he held dear: a close focus on putting patients first, excellent clinical results, and a drive to care for the most vulnerable in society – most notably, phobic patients, many of whom found comfort in the compassionate treatment offered by Anoop and his team.

Yet as a lifelong dental pioneer and educator, Anoop’s approach benefited not just patients, but other dentists too.

He sat on the editorial boards of several publications, including Aesthetic Dentistry Today and Orthodontic Practice, as well as on the judging panel of professional awards such as the Private Dentistry Awards.

He served as president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) as well as the European Society of Aesthetic Orthodontics (ESAO) – an organisation he himself helped found.

Indeed, despite a career spent mainly in private practice since qualifying from King’s College in 1992, Anoop’s life was marked by his continued involvement with academies and education.

One of the first dentists in the UK to attain Six Month Smile accreditation, his passion for aesthetic dentistry was infectious, fuelling the warm, relatable and engaging presentation style that helped thousands of other dentists learn from his vast experience. He trained dentists the length and breadth of the UK and beyond on topics from lasers to short-term orthodontics.

A prominent presence on social media, Anoop was as generous with his virtual time as he was in the flesh: never too busy to join a discussion or support a colleague.

The scope of his reputation would no doubt have surprised him, with even colleagues who had met him only in passing joining the mourning as tributes poured in for a man who was seen by everyone as a pillar of the dental community.

Yet for those who knew Anoop, whether as a pioneer, educator, clinician, or friend, his status with his chosen profession will be no revelation.

Earlier this year, Anoop was named by his peers as one of the most influential people within dentistry as part of the Dentistry Top 50. Thousands of dental professionals voted to acknowledge his standing. would like to add its voice to those remembering Anoop Maini and honouring his legacy as a force for good within his profession. Our thoughts go to his family, friends and colleagues.

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