Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Wed, Mar 28, 2018 @ 07:00 AM
On April 18 – 21, U.S. dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, lab technicians, office personnel and patient coordinators in cosmetic dentistry will travel to the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago, Illinois for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) 2018 Conference. The 34th annual scientific session will present new and enhanced educational opportunities for dental professionals at all levels and positions. The AACD 2018 program consists of:
- 41 hands-on workshops
- 73 lectures
- 81 expert educators
- Specialized sessions for each position
- A new team certification program
- Exhibitors showcasing leading dental technologies and practice related services
- Networking lunches
- RE-CONNECT socials
- All-inclusive tuition
Session Tracks and Topics
The AACD 2018 educational program consists of four main collections. The Complex Case collection will discuss cases involving “six or more restorations in the upper arch including implants and natural teeth, and another involving six or more indirect restorations in the upper arch where all restorations are on natural teeth.” Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss challenges, solutions and treatment with presenters. In the Accreditation collection, attendees will work with top academy educators to gain mastery of some of the most requested and profitable cosmetic case types. Lab Focus entails two full days of sessions on “pink aesthetics, bio-mimetic layering, matching a single central, and digital and aesthetic considerations for creating predictable restorations respectively.” Lastly, Dental Team will cover essential skills — leadership, communication, contemporary concepts and aesthetic dental photography — for dental team members.
A sampling of the 52 course sub-topics include accreditation, case studies, bio-mimetic layering, Botox, composite bonding, digital dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, smile design, veneers and communication.
There are 43 sessions open to all attendees. To review which sessions are available for each position, attendees may refer to the session schedule on the AACD 2018 website. In particular, the 36 exclusive dentist sessions cover minor tooth movement, nature-mimicking direct veneers, marketing strategies, top dental industry trends, dental anatomy and more.
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Team Certificate Program
AACD has launched a Team Certificate program to improve team performance and communication at practices specializing in cosmetic dentistry. The program will include all sessions in the Dental Team collection. To participate, attendees must possess an AACD membership and select a pre-determined list of sessions. Required sessions for certification include:
- Leadership and Business Skills (Level I)
- Contemporary Concepts (Level I)
- Communication Skills (Level I)
- Introduction to Esthetic Dental Photography (Level I)
- Leadership and Business Skills (Level II)
- Contemporary Concepts (Level II)
- Communication Skills (Level II)
- One Elective Course (Level II)
The AACD 2018 conference is “a masterpiece of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry education,” suitable for all team members. Interested professionals may register here.
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