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Digital Smile Design Concept

Instructor: Christian Coachman, CDT, DDS

The Smile Design Revolution - Management, Communication and Implementation


Course Overview:

The Digital Smile Design is a three-day course that consists of lectures, live patient demonstrations, and hands-on workshops with Dr Christian Coachman.

Digital Smile Design (DSD) is a conceptual protocol for clinicians that strengthens their skills as Smile Designers, better performing extraoral and intraoral esthetic diagnosis and structural evaluation, which gives clinicians the tools and language they need to communicate more effectively with the other members of the treatment team. DSD also allows clinicians to educate and motivate their patients, enhance their patients’ visual perception, and ultimately increase case acceptance.

The course will present a full demonstration of the DSD protocol on a live patient and the complete digital workflow. Once the final smile design and treatment plan are developed, this project with be connected to different platforms as CAD/ CAM, 3D orthodontics, and 3D surgical planning systems.


Learning Objectives:


The main objectives of this course is to show clinicians and their teams:

  • How to become a better smile designer, because smile design is the primary principle of any a treatment plan (Facially generated Tx Plan).
  • How to implement a realistic team communication protocol, because communication is the key to genuine functional interdisciplinary dentistry.
  • How to interact with your patients to enhance the value of their treatment and increase case acceptance through the new concept of emotional dentistry.
  • How to link the beautiful smile design process to the actual treatment using a simple and effective dig- ital workflow that will connect the 2D drawings of DSD to 3D software systems (ie, CAD/CAM, 3D orthodontics, and guided surgery).

All of these concepts will be demonstrated on actual patients, live on stage, showing all the steps that can transform a normal dental office into a modern, genuinely interdisciplinary esthetic dental clinic.

Materials Required:
In order to fully benefit from day 3 (which involves hands-on workshops) of the course experience, attendees will need the following:

  • Laptop (Mac or PC) with the Keynote 6.2 or PowerPoint 2013
  • Smartphone
  • Mouse for the PC, optional for Mac
  • USB flash drive


Course Hours: 7:00am - 5:00pm Daily

Adjunct Course Welcome Reception:
Tuesday Evening 5:00pm-6:30pm
Following the first night of the course, attendees are invited to join a “Welcome Reception” where they can better acquaint themselves with other classmates and course instructors.

CE Credits:
This course provides 25.5 continuing education credit hours and includes lecture and hands-on participation.