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Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry: A Practical Guide

Following the success of this course in 2019, we are pleased to offer 6 dates and locations throughout 2020 for you to choose from.

About this Event

This course will cover everything from photography and communication to the restorative process and how to restore smiles in everyday practice.

Dates and Venues

04/04/2020 – Aztec Hotel & Spa, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4TS

10/06/2020 – Optident Ltd, Development Centre, Valley Drive, Ilkley, LS29 8AL

04/07/2020 – Colwick Hall Hotel, Colwick Park, Racecourse Road, Nottingham, NG2 4BH

11/07/2020 – Waterfront Dental, West One, Asama Court, Newcastle Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE4 7YD

28/11/2020 – Inspired Dental Care, 246 High Street, Exeter, EX4 3NZ

05/12/2020 – Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel, Ellesmere Road, Albrighton, Shrewsbury, SY4 3AG

Course Overview

By simplifying clinical techniques & developing materials and equipment following years of clinical experience and research, we can now offer our patients high quality, time efficient, predictable aesthetic restorative treatment, which is minimally invasive and affordable, often in a single appointment.

About the course leader, Louis Mackenzie

Louis Mackenzie is a GDP working in Birmingham and is a clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham School of dentistry and in the postgraduate department at King’s college London. He delivers lectures nationally and internationally on direct and indirect restorative techniques, minimally invasive dentistry and clinical photography and runs a series of popular hands-on courses. He is a member of the editorial board of Dental Update journal, is the head of clinical training at Simplyhealth Professionals and is academic lead of the University of Birmingham’s Master’s programme in Restorative Dentistry.

Course content

This comprehensive, full-day, hands-on course will provide a practical training using the latest materials, equipment and clinical techniques for predictable, minimally invasive, aesthetic and cosmetic restorative dentistry.

Aims and Objectives

By the end of this course, delegates will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and practical skill in aesthetic restorative and cosmetic procedures in the following subject areas:

Aesthetic assessment and diagnosis:

  • Practical procedures for smile design
  • Mobile Dental Photography (MDP) for diagnosis, communication and documentation
  • Tooth Whitening (including air polishing and internal bleaching)
  • Colour selection (including customised composite shade guides)

Posterior Composites:

  • MI cavity preparation (including particle air abrasion)
  • Magnification
  • Isolation and adhesion
  • Matrix techniques (for predictable tight anatomically correct contacts)
  • Material selection (including bulk-fill materials)
  • Anatomical placement and shaping techniques
  • Optimising light curing
  • Finishing and polishing techniques

Anterior composites:

  • Case selection
  • Composite shade selection
  • Isolation and adhesion
  • Anterior matrices
  • Placement and shaping techniques (including a fast, innovative method for direct composite veneers)
  • Finishing and polishing

Advanced direct composite techniques:

  • Polychromatic layering techniques
  • Managing wear cases with direct composite
  • Fibre-reinforced composite resin-bonded bridges

The Schedule

Start time: 09:00am – Finish time: 05:00pm


09.00 – 09.30: Arrival/Registration (Tea/Coffee Available)

09.30– 10.45: Aesthetic Assessment & Diagnosis / Clinical photography theory / Posterior composites theory, MDP Practical

10.45 – 11.00: Refreshments

11.00 – 12.30: Posterior composites practical

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 14.45: Anterior composites Theory

14.45 – 15.00: Refreshments

15.00 – 16.45: Anterior composites Practical

16.45 – 17.00: Q&A and Close

Development outcomes

By the end of this course delegates will be able to enhance patient care by optimising all clinical stages of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and minimally invasive aesthetic and cosmetic restorative procedures. This course conforms to the GDC’s development outcomes for enhanced CPD. (Outcome C: Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice).

CPD Hours – 7 hours

Learning Development Outcomes: A & C


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