2022 Speakers and Workshop Presenters


Gerard Chiche, DDS

Irwin Smigel Keynote Speaker “Aesthetic Full Mouth Rehabilitation: Parameters for Longevity”

 Simultaneous management of the most relevant aesthetic and risk factors in a step-by-step method is imperative to maximize the success of aesthetic full-mouth rehabilitations. A long-term perspective on VDO decision making and the sequencing of full rehabilitations will be discussed. The final ceramic materials decision should be selected on the basis of aesthetics rendition and strength properties according to the state of attrition, the severity of the malocclusion and the cause of tooth wear. Learn from this master of Aesthetic Dentistry.

Mike Malone, DDS

“21st Century Dentistry: Minimal Preparation Maximum Longevity”

Developing systems for combining predictable restorative techniques with ideal aesthetic procedures insures long term success. Learn how to use minimal preparation for maximum strength with all-ceramic adhesively-retained restorations. This presentation will highlight systems which can achieve predictable excellence in aesthetic restorative procedures. Gain a unique perspective from an experienced clinician who knows what does and doesn’t work. 

Michael Gelb, DDS, MS

“Airway Centric® Aesthetic Dentistry”

Facial aesthetics can be enhanced when airway issues are addressed. The patient’s eyes become more open, skin colors improve and the lower face height can be restored with fuller lips. Several appliances can be fabricated that open the airway during the day and maintain an open airway during the night while managing para-functional habits. Learn how to detect signs of airway narrowing, score tongue size and recognize loss of lower third facial height. Discover anti-inflammatory dentistry that improves patient health and wellness. 

Paola Ochoa, DDS

“The Social Media Revolution in Dentistry Today”

With over 4.6 billion users worldwide, social media is now more powerful than ever. From attracting new patients to building customer loyalty, it is in every business owner’s interest - including dentists’ - to incorporate social media as an essential part of their marketing strategy. However, becoming an overnight success can prove to be more myth than reality. Learn the fundamental tips that will help you skyrocket your social media presence all the while enjoying every step of the journey

Robert Vogel, DDS

“State of the Art Materials & Techniques for Ideal Implant Aesthetics”

Implant materials and techniques continue to evolve and the aesthetic dentist must stay up to date on the latest developments. Learn how to achieve long-term bio-mechanical stability and bio-compatibility with implants. Incorporate realistic digital workflows into your practice. This fast-paced scientific program will discuss the most recent components and techniques in implant prosthetics to achieve precision, productivity and ideal aesthetics.

Chris Ramsey, DMD

“MASTER your Sixth Sense: Understanding the Art of Persuasion, Body Language, and Human Decisions

The art of persuasion is powerful in its effect on decision making. Learn how to see what others do not see-”The Sixth Sense”- in everyday communication. Understand “Body Language”: cues which allow for better communication and insight into both conscious and sub- conscious decision making and how that affects treatment acceptance. With the understanding of these elements, the doctor and team members will begin to see what many others do not in everyday communication.


Dr. Howard S. Glazer, DDS

“I Have It...You Need It!”

This is a program about real dentistry for real people by a real dentist! See a potpourri of materials and techniques that will make your day at the office easier, more productive and fun! Topics include: Composites, Adhesives, Minimally Invasive & Bio-Active Materials & Techniques, Impression & Provisional Materials, Rotary Cutting Instruments, Lasers, Curing Lights, Patient Communication Tools, Cements and Implants.

Dr. Marcos Vargas , DDS, MS

”Excellence in Anterior Direct Resin Composites”

Patient demands for aesthetic; conservative dentistry have created the need to produce imperceptible direct anterior restorations. Modern resin composite materials have the potential to produce functional, long-lasting, personally rewarding, cost effective, predictable, and highly aesthetic direct anterior restorations in daily practice. This lecture will discuss shade selection, cavity preparation design, resin composite manipulation, contouring, surface characterization, and polishing to predictably create highly aesthetic restorations. (repeated on Friday)

Dr. Joyce Basset, DDS

“The Power of Pink: Creating Undetectable Restorations with Direct Composite”

 Patients often present with gum recession and unsightly black triangles. Pink composite can be a practical alternative to periodontal surgery. Gain the knowledge and skill to use the proper opacities and thickness of pink composite to effectively treat these unsightly and unhealthy areas. Learn how to use pink composite to alter the perceived length of teeth without surgical procedures. This course can change the way you view treating cervical areas. Make sure to bring your loupes for this excellent technique-filled course.

Dr. Freedman, DDS

“Robotic Implant Surgery, 8th Generation Adhesion and Other Innovations in Post-Covid-19 Dent


F-3 George Freedman D.D.S. "Robotic Implant Surgery, 8th Generation Adhesion and Other Innovations in Post-Covid-19 Dentistry"

So many new products are being introduced it can be challenging to be aware of them all.  8th-generation bonding and advanced polymerization improve our restorative techniques.  Anti-viral rinses and other materials can improve oral health maintenance.  Robotic implant surgery can improve predictability.  Our practices will change dramatically as a result of the Covid-19 virus.   Learn about new in-office procedures, increased use of distance learning and much more from these leaders in aesthetic dentistry. 

Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS, MS

“Airway Centric® Aesthetic Dentistry- Hands On”

You have heard about how facial aesthetics can be enhanced and airway issues addressed by our expert speaker. Learn how to implement these new techniques and devices into your practice. This hands-on session will give you the opportunity to see up close how these appliances can help open the airway during the day and maintain an open airway during the night. Help improve the quality of life for your patients.

S-3 Irwin Smigel Rising Stars Presentation

Dr. Celin Arce, DDS, MS

“Interdisciplinary Aesthetic Treatment Planning in the Digital Era”

The first presentation is a review of current protocols and techniques required to perform a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Problem solving options and limitations that are common during the treatment of our patients, will be presented. Contemporary digital armamentarium available for the interdisciplinary team in order to optimize results will be highlighted.

Dr. Nikhil Bahuguna, BDS, MDS

The second presentation discusses how restorative dentistry has been ever evolving and dynamic from Dr. G.V. Black’s extension for prevention to the current philosophy of cutting for immunity. Physiologic restorations should be backed by sound biologic concepts. The aim of rehabilitation must focus on the entire stomatognathic system rather than concentrating only on promises of non-breakable restorations. We will discuss the technical aspects of restorative materials which provide us the triad of Biomimetics, Biofunctionality and Bioactivity.

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