We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand-new technical course
“When creating natural smiles, whether by hand or digitally, mastering smile design is essential to take advantage of CAD/CAM. I have designed this brand new course to give participants this important foundation,” says Christian Coachman, DSD Founder and CEO.
Livestreamed online over 6 weeks, this DSD course will teach everything you need to know to design beautiful smiles and deal with realistic compromised cases. In this post, we will help you work out whether it’s the right fit for your goals. But first, here’s a quick look at your need-to-know facts about this new learning experience:
🎥 Livestream format taught via zoom
🖥 6 weekly classes, 2.5 hours per class
🗓 6 March - 10 April 2023
👤 Designed and curated by Christian Coachman
😃 Focus on smile design, described by Christian Coachman as the ‘starting point’ of modern dentistry
📝 Lectures, live drawing exercise, CAD software demos, case study discussions
🔄 Class recordings available after every session
How will Designing Smiles with Christian Coachman help me on my Digital Smile Design journey?
Designing Smiles with Christian Coachman aims to help participants improve their artistic skills and the esthetic outcomes of wax-ups, digital designs, and direct and indirect restorations.
It is the ideal course to supplement the know-how you have gained (or will gain) on DSD Residency 1 with in-depth smile design skill.
While Designing Smiles with Christian Coachman is a technical course that will help you master smile design, the DSD Residency 1 course teaches the DSD Philosophy of Comprehensive Digital Care, which is all about learning and implementing strategies that will be good for both your dentistry and your dental business.
Get an insight into some of the tips for comprehensive dentistry that Christian Coachman teaches at DSD Residency 1 courses.
Why is mastering smile design so important?
Christian Coachman describes mastering ideal smile design and orofacial harmony as the starting point of interdisciplinary treatment planning and vital to succeed in modern esthetic dentistry. The problem is that designing smiles in harmony with faces is complex and subjective, and requires artistic skills that we usually don't learn in dental school or at dental technician courses. And to make matters more complicated, many of our cases are not ideal.
As a result, it’s important to become great at developing the best smile design possible for the reality of each case. To become skilled smile designers, we need to:
master the creation of ideal designs
adapt ideal designs to realistic treatment plans
deal with compromises
practice artistic principles, arrangement and visual perception
Instead of being fooled by optical illusion, we learn to use it in our favor to deliver the best possible esthetic outcome and translate the project into clinical execution and final restorations.
What skills will I gain from attending the Designing Smiles course?
Designing Smiles will help you to:
Develop your artistic skills and master harmony
Learn smile design principles to improve handmade or digital procedures, wax-ups, direct and indirect restorations
Learn modern orofacial and smile design principles
Understand morphology, real shapes and perceived shapes
Design smiles in ideal and compromised situations
Learn functional design and restorative design
Achieve esthetics with 3D technology
Understand the most common restorative and smile design limitations in real cases and how to use artistic principles and optical illusion to overcome them
Deal with space distribution limitations, gingival level limitations, gummy smile, ridge deficiencies, tooth position, and shape and size limitations.
Overcome diastema or black triangle
Overcome functional limitations
Create efficient dentist-lab communication protocols
Who should attend Designing Smiles?
This is the ideal course for smile rehabilitators, lab technicians, restorative dentists, ceramists and CAD designers who want to improve their artistic skills and esthetic outcomes of wax-ups, digital designs, and direct and indirect restorations.
You can attend this course whether it’s your first DSD course or you’ve already done DSD Residency 1, DSD Residency 2 or any other course.
Why is a digital company delivering a new course about analog skills?
Christian Coachman explains that in his opinion, ‘artistic skills’ are one of the 5 characteristics of a high-end modern smile rehabilitator. These are very different to clinical skills and can be hard to develop if we don’t have a natural gift for it.
We believe that developing artistic skills, honing hand-eye coordination and mastering how to create harmony is fundamental because the key to good smile design is not in the software we use, but in our knowledge. It’s crucial to learn the know-how before applying the technology, and focusing on analog skills is how we do this. By learning the basics, you will then be able to take advantage of your software.
While smile design can be outsourced, not every dentist can do this. And even when this step is outsourced, it is still important for you as the dentist to have a good understanding of it to streamline workflows and communication with your lab.
Designing Smiles with Christian Coachman: Learn smile design fundamentals on this brand-new course
If you are interested in learning the fundamentals of smile design under the expert guidance of Christian Coachman, this course is how to do it. Reserve your virtual seat now to be part of the first edition of this brand-new technical course starting in March 2023.