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Discover the possibilities of Digital Smile Design – BACD Conference 2018

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  Posted by: The Probe      3rd July 2018

Dr Elaine Halley will be one of many distinguished speakers at this year’s British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) Annual Conference. Dental professionals from across the UK are invited to take part in an exciting, three-day event that will explore “The Functional Smile: Start With Why…” through various hands-on workshops and exclusive presentations.

As she has become internationally-renowned for her clinical expertise in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry, Dr Halley is ideally placed to offer professional insights at the Annual Conference alongside other industry experts. These include Drs John Kois, Ulf Krueger-Janson, Joana Garcez, Komal Suri and Jameel Gardee. Dr Halley has earned a Masters degree in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry from the University of Manchester. She is currently a Digital Smile Design (DSD) Master and Instructor, as accredited by Christian Coachman. Dr Halley has also undertaken more than 500 Invisalign cases and completed the Accreditation Programme at the BACD – a prestigious award that only a handful of clinicians in the country have managed to attain.

She will showcase years of experience, as she discusses “Digital Smile Design: Welcoming a new era for orthodontic and restorative workflow” at the BACD Annual Conference.

“DSD provides a protocol that practitioners can easily follow and enables them to provide high quality treatment according to a patient’s unique facial features,” Dr Halley says. “Thanks to modern advances, DSD is a concept that has become much more accessible to the profession and easier to integrate into every day practice. By making the most of all the latest technology available to us, and following DSD protocols, clinicians are able to communicate effectively with patients, as well as dental technicians and other members of the dental team.

“Delegates at my lecture will explore digital workflows and how they can be influenced by both the iTero scanner supplied by Align Technology, as well as the innovative DSDApp software. This is really exciting, as delegates will be provided with the unique opportunity to interact with the iTero scanner throughout my presentation. Tablets will also be supplied so that delegates are not reliant on bringing their own equipment in order to trial the DSDApp.”

It is becoming increasingly important for dental professionals to understand how technological solutions can aid in modern practice.

Dr Halley says: “During my session at the BACD Annual Conference, I will be looking at the benefits of using the iTero scanner and how the DSDApp can be employed as a way of showing patients what their smile could look like post-treatment. I will also demonstrate how DSD can become part of the treatment planning process, enabling clinicians to produce more predictable results.

“Delegates should leave my session with a clear understanding of the step-by-step process involved with integrating facially-driven treatment plans with a digital workflow – which is an efficient way of ensuring the final result conforms to the initial outlines set out by the clinician. This supports a minimally invasive approach, as practitioners will have realigned the teeth in suitable preparation before any restorative work commences.

“I aim to show delegates how to streamline the various different aspects of a digital workflow, helping to reinforce what some practitioners will already know. My session will also provide valuable insight into what can be achieved, so that delegates who lack experience, can implement a digital workflow in the most effective way.

“I hope delegates are able to learn how to use the DSD concept as part of the treatment planning process, so they are able to engage with patients about the possibilities and benefits of interdisciplinary procedures. This is a safer, more ethical method, as opposed to providing the patient with a quick fix. Patients are also more likely to accept any advice and guidance given, as clinicians will have taken all the necessary steps to ensure they leave the practice with a smile they can be proud of.”

Dr Halley will be among many other industry-leading experts who are keen to offer their insights at the BACD Annual Conference, in the hope of inspiring delegates to implement the techniques they have learnt once they return to practice.

“The excitement and enthusiasm for dentistry is evident in delegates that attend the Conference every year,” adds Dr Halley. “The aim of the BACD has always been to bring the best dental education to members and non-members alike, thereby creating a community that is incredibly inclusive – regardless of experience or position within the profession. This is a defining feature of the BACD, as it is an organisation that welcomes all members of the dental team to participate at events such as the Annual Conference. Nobody is excluded and delegates are able to interact with other like-minded individuals with a passion for sharing knowledge and learning from each other.” 

Join global dental professionals at one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year. Booking for the BACD Annual Conference is now open, so be sure to visit the website to secure your place.


The BACD Fifteenth Annual Conference 2018

‘The Functional Smile: Start With Why…’

8th– 10thNovember 2018

Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Kensington, London


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