Waldorf, MD Dentist

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Dr. Kolade Akinwande

Waldorf Maryland dentist Kolade Akinwande D D S

The thing that strikes most dental patients when they meet Dr. Akinwande for the first time is her positivity. She’s always smiling and encouraging even in trying situations, and this puts many dental patients’ minds at ease. A passionate provider, she loves seeing the smiles of satisfaction and gratitude on her dentistry patients’ faces following a treatment, and she cherishes being able to meet and form long-term relationships with people from so many walks of life. Before you have a chance to visit Open Smiles Dental, you can learn a little more about Dr. Akinwande below.


Why Did You Decide to Become a Dentist?

Doctor Akinwande using a laptop

Dr. Akinwande had braces growing up, and her orthodontist worked in the same dental office as her uncle. Whenever she came in for a visit, she always wanted to see her uncle, but the team consistently told her he was busy. One day, she got so frustrated that she just rushed into his treatment room. Little did she know, her uncle was actually an oral surgeon, and he was in the middle of a procedure. Before she was calmly asked to exit, she got to see her uncle work with the patient and comfort them, and it really stuck with her. She walked out and told her mom, “That’s what I want to do when I grow up.”

Where Did You Study Dentistry?

Outside view of dental school building

Dr. Akinwande attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (where she played Division 1 basketball) before transferring and earning her degree at the University of New Mexico. From there, she went on to obtain her dental degree from the Howard University College of Dentistry. What followed was a one-year General Practice Residency at Coney Island Hospital in New York, and since then, she has taken several certification courses focused on implant dentistry. Dr. Akinwande is also certified to provide Invisalign, oral sedation, Botox/fillers, and Zoom! Whitening.

To keep up with all of the latest changes in the dental field, Dr. Akinwande is a member of the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Maryland Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists (Mastership status)

Outside of the Dental Office, What Do You Like to Do?

  • Dr. Akinwande has completed countless hours of advanced training, which means she can perform everything from basic checkups and cleanings to dental implant placement/restoration as well as comprehensive smile makeovers
  • She loves to cook and is a master grocery shopper (she can acquire a month’s worth of food for her household in one trip), and her favorite way of satisfying her sweet tooth is with a slice of cake.
Doctor Akinwande and her husband