Dr. Finley grew up in Monroe, LA and was a student of the Monroe City School System. His parents are both retired educators. His mother, Donna, taught second grade for many years at Robinson Elementary School, and his father, Richard, taught mathematics at Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana of Monroe).
Dr. Finley received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeast Louisiana University and his DDS from Louisiana State University. He is the 61st Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is among the fewer than 6 percent of dentists in the entire United States to achieve a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. Fewer than 30 dentists in the world have achieved both fellowships. Dr. Finley is also one of the few dentists in the world who has won the annual smile gallery competition of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for five years in a row.
He has been practicing dentistry since 1985 and takes hundreds of hours of continuing education to remain on top of the current and future trends in dentistry.Doctor David Finley on his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Read Transcript
One of the things in my dental career that I'm most proud of is the fact that I went through an extremely difficult and long accreditation process to be one of the best cosmetic dentists around. I knew that if I did that, if I followed through and became accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, that it would make all my other dentistry better, because what it did is it created this eye where I look at things differently than I used to.
Whether it's a filling in the back or a root canal or taking out a wisdom tooth or doing gum surgery or creating a beautiful smile or placing implants, that accreditation process created a fire in me to try to be perfect. My eye for accuracy, my eye for quality improved dramatically over time, and I try to put every effort into every aspect of dentistry as I would into a new smile. And so we expanded our offerings to patients where now, we place implants. We do implants under dentures. We do All-on-4™ implants, where you can have a denture made, it snaps onto four or six implants, or they actually are held in place by screws so that the patient can't take them out. So there's no worry about, “I sneezed and my denture jumped out of my mouth.”
You know, they're anchored in the mouth, just like teeth. We like to create invisible smiles, and that's the whole thing. I can walk out in the mall and I can spot a denture a mile away and I can spot ugly crowns a mile away, but I can't spot my smiles a mile away, and neither can other people. And that's the key: is to create that invisible smile that people – it just looks like they had their teeth all these years, and that's the way they've been. It's so pretty.
Dr. Finley genuinely cares. He puts his heart into his work because he wants his patients to have the best dental care possible. For him, the most rewarding part of the job is when a patient tells him that it was the best dental visit they ever had.
When not at the office, Dr. Finley enjoys spending time with his family. He is married to his lovely wife, Valerie, and they have five children: Megan, Ashton, Kaleb, and twins Kristin and Coalton. Dr. Finley also enjoys working on projects around the house, fishing, and doing volunteer work as a coach of local youth baseball, football, basketball, and soccer teams.