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  Posted by: Dental Design      3rd June 2023

The difference between a clinician who enjoys their work, who wants to set new standards and do things better, and one who feels frustrated and inhibited by a lack of confidence is palpable. There will always be days when you feel overwhelmed by the everyday challenges in the dental practice. The need for quality dentistry has never been higher and yet there are multiple barriers to accessing care. This can make it hard to engage with patients, some of whom have unrealistic expectations of what can – and should – be achieved.

Enjoyment comes from knowing that the treatments you offer are ethical and in the best long-term interests of every single person who sits in the chair. It comes when you are able to take the time to build good relationships based on trust, and have the skills and knowledge to give people what they need for a beautiful, functional result that lasts.

If you feel you want to slow down, to step back and readjust your direction of travel, in order to do the kind of dentistry that you really want to be doing – and that your patients deserve – education is the key. When you are committed to lifelong learning this can enable you to be fulfilled in your work and connected to the core values that mean you know this is the right career pathway for you. When you realise there can be no limits to your experiences and interests as a dentist, you will have the freedom to become the best you can be. You will face any challenging days with positivity, because you’ll be confident of finding the right answer. When your goal is to enable as many people as possible to enjoy a lifetime of oral health, this means upskilling, looking ahead and always asking yourself, ‘What do I need to do next?’.

Immersing yourself in the latest theory and practical learning will enable you to fulfil your potential, and love what you do. As well as education, other ways to unlock your enjoyment in the everyday include being a team player and being part of a supportive and inspiring network. The easiest way to achieve all these things and more is by joining a professional academy.

An academy can not only help to give your career structure, but connect you to other capable and confident dentists. When you share your passion, as well as the wins, you’ll find strength in numbers, too. Seek out an academy that prioritises education and community, as a pathway to excellence. The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentists (BACD) has a diverse, thriving and inclusive membership, including some of the leading practitioners in the field, as well as dental hygienists, laboratory technicians and students. It is a world-leading authority on ethical cosmetic dentistry that is beautiful and stable, to achieve a perfect balance of aesthetics and function. Patients who receive care from a BACD dentist always know that they are in good hands; a clinician who only offers what is right and appropriate and who has the skills to consistently deliver a successful outcome.

The BACD’s educational programme includes recommended CPD meetings throughout the year and an Annual Conference featuring a line-up of high-calibre names. Now in its 19th year, on 9-11 November the BACD Annual Conference is returning to the capital at IET London: Savoy Place, a historic and stunning event venue, situated by the banks of the River Thames. Entitled ‘New Horizons’, the keynote speaker for the 2023 Conference is Dr Lincoln Harris, who is renowned across the global dental community. As well as maintaining his own thriving private practice at home in Australia, he is CEO of RipeGlobal a company that aims to fast-track dental careers via an innovative cloud-based learning platform. Its ethos of integrating quality education in a range of in-demand procedures, with continuous mentoring and a supportive community, aligns perfectly with the ethos of the BACD and its members. When you attend the Annual Conference, you will find out how Dr Harris believes it is possible to succeed clinically, personally and financially, and have a career that is genuinely and enjoyable everyday. Other world-class speakers on the bill include Howard Gluckman, Anthony Mak, Mark Bowes and Nazariy Mykhaylyuk.

Confidence in dentistry comes when you know you have a range of skills that have been taught at the highest level. These skills, along with your broad knowledge, will mean you’re a safe, capable and ethical dentist who is always true to their core values. Patients will receive gold-standard care and you will enjoy your work, knowing that you are making a difference and realising your true potential. At the BACD Annual Conference 2023, be part of a network of inspired dentists, committed to excellence.

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