Learn More about Cosmetic Dentistry with Dr. Gary Radz

August 15, 2013

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Every day, all around the world, dentists are changing the lives of their patients with cosmetic dentistry. And among all the cosmetic services used by dentists, porcelain veneers are one of the most popular. With porcelain veneers, doctors have a way of improving the appearance of a patient’s front teeth, helping them overcome problems like staining, cracks, chips, or slight misalignment.

Because placing porcelain veneers is an art, though, dentists who are new to cosmetic dentistry might need some help learning how to use this or any other cosmetic service. That’s where you’ll want to turn to Dr. Gary Radz. As a practicing Colorado dentist with years of experience, Dr. Radz has made teaching others his mission. Every year, Dr. Radz gives 35-40 presentations all across country, the goal of which is to help dentists become better at cosmetic care.

Do you want to learn more about cosmetic dentistry? Find out where Dr. Radz will be teaching next by looking at his schedule. You can also read about the different kinds of classes he offers by clicking here. And if you have questions or want to find out how you can be a student in one of Dr. Radz’s upcoming classes, give us a call.

Helping dentists provide better care is what we’re all about.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry meeting in Hawaii

May 6, 2009

I have just returned from attending and presenting at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s (AACD) annual meeting.

It was a busy week. I gave three different presentations during the week. The first was a discussion in the corporate symposium venue discussing Septodont’s new composite n’Durance. The second was on the AACD main program reviewing and discussing the topic of Elective Cosmetic Dentistry and Adolescents and Young Adults. This program focused on the many conservative options available to enhance the smiles of this patient demographic. Lastly, I ended the week with a workshop on porcelain veneer preparation skills. In this workshop we discussed and practiced with several variations of porcelain veneer preparation design and how material selection effect the design.

In addition to my speaking responsiblilities I am on the Professional Education Committee (PEC) for the AACD. This committee is responsible for the the annual scientific session, along with other education efforts of the AACD. In Hawaii my duties where minimal and mostly in a support capacity. However, I will be the AACD program chair for the 2011 meeting in Boston. So my work for the AACD and the PEC has just begun.

The AACD is a great organization. It is one of my favorite weeks of the year. A great week of learning, sharing, and seeing many friends.

Shade Taking Technology in Cosmetic Dentistry

February 18, 2009

Recently we have started testing two shade taking devices.

The potential of this technology is very exciting. We have the Vita EasyShade Compact and the Olympus Crystal Eye. If this technology works it will be a huge advantage for dentists trying to do better (and profitable) cosmetic dentistry. The EasyShade, is just that very easy. the Crystal Eye, though easy to use is a far more complex machine. To date we have not done enough evaluation to give a fair opinion on either, but our initial impression is that these can certainly be helpful tools in arrive in the correct color selection.

That being said, it does not appear to be able to completely eliminate the human element of using your own eyes and make informed decisions. Certainly the potential exists to be able to more accurately select the appropriate shade for an anterior bonding case or a porcelain veneer case and even the dreaded single unit anterior crown!!

Colorado Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

December 19, 2008

In September we had the first organizational meeting of the Colorado Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. This group is an affilate of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (www.aacd.com) . I look forward to having a local group of like minded dentists to share ideas.

This group also will help to provide a venue to bring to Colorado esthetically focused continuing education. I accepted the job as CE chairman for our new organization. Having served in the past and currently in a similar capacity within our parent organization I hope to use that experience to bring in some excellent speakers.

Our first program will be on Feb. 6th, 2009 at the CDA/MDDS building. We will have 2 great speakers at this program. First will be Dr. Hugh Flax from Atlanta. Hugh is currently the AACD vice-president and will assume the presidency in two years. Hugh also founded the Georgia AACD affilate, so he will be a great source of information for our membership as to how to fully utilize our new organization. Additionally, Hugh as a wealth of knowledge in the area of laser usage in cosmetic dentistry and will be doing a presentation on this subject as well. Our second speaker is local prosthodontist Dr. Aldo Leopardi. Aldo was one of the highest rated speakers at the last AACD national meeting! He’ll be presenting his anterior implant lecture, which is an excellent program for any cosmetic dentists to learn more.

Anyone interested can contact me directly at radzdds@aol.com .

I look forward to learning more locally and to the challenge of bringing to Colorado cosmetic dentists great speakers.

Gary M. Radz, DDS


downtown denver dental practice : www.radzdds.com and www.downtowndenverdentist.com

New Teaching Concepts with Heraeus

December 13, 2008

Last Monday I spent the day at the South Bend offices of Heraeus.

We discussed their ideas of improving the level of continuing education to several of us who travel extensively teaching.

The idea is to bring effective teaching ideas to dentists.

Heraeus is making efforts to create an esthetically focused line of materials that you may have seen marketed under the “Venus” brand.

Venus can refer to their porcelain and/or composite materials. Both materials have excellent physical properties and are highly esthetic. The teaching concept is to teach dentists great materials with predicatable techniques.

I envision this to be an excellent program to help dentists improve their final results in direct bonding, porcelain veneers, and posterior esthetics. I’m looking forward to working with Heraeus to help other dentists improve their cosmetic dentistry.

Gary Radz, DDS


New Office and Teaching Facility in Denver, Colorado

November 3, 2008

We have started working on moving our office within our building at 999 18th St. in downtown Denver.

It’s an exciting and nerve wracking process!!!

Of interest to this blog it that within this new space I have made room for a small teaching facility (glorified word for a conference room). My hope and intent is that this become a place for myself and others to be able to teach to very small groups. Whether it is a presentation I’m doing on veneers/cosmetic dentistry or a manufacture presenting a new material or dental equipment……we will now be able to do more locally in the area of dental education.

So going forward we will be posting on here what we will be doing educationally in the new facility.


gary radz, dds


American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Meeting in Hawaii 2009

October 25, 2008

I’ve been sitting in the Professional Education Committe board meeting all day.

I’m really excited about the program the PEC has put together for this meeting. Lots of great speakers, excellent workshops, a fantastic venue. This has all the makings of a great meeting.

I’ll be very busy at this meeting. Aside from a number of courses that I’m looking forward to attend, I will be taking the written examination for accreditation to maintain my sustaining member status as I continue my accreditation process. Additionally, I’ll be doing 3 presentations:

Monday: I’m doing a corporate symposium for Septodont to discuss their new composite resin system, and will focus on the posterior applications as well as it’s potential for anterior bonding.

Thurs: AM) Will be my favorite lecture “Cosmetic/Elective Dentistry for Adolescents and Young Adults”. This program discusses bleaching, bonding, no-prep veneers (discussion of Lumineers and other similar porcelain products), and focusing on minimally invasive elective dentistry that can create great, improved smiles. PM) I will be leading a hands on workshop for Heraeus featuring the uses of the VENUS porcelain system and it’s application for use as a porcelain veneer system to create smile makeovers. Did this program last year and recieved excellent feedback. So I’m excited to present it again in Hawaii in ’09.

Hope to see you there!

gary radz, dds

ADA (cont)

October 23, 2008

My primary purpose with attending the ADA was to look for new equipment and ideas for my new office.

After working in the same outdated practice (purchased in 1999) for 9 years I’ve FINALLY got a chance to design an office that is functional. I’m very excited about the design of this new office….it will dramatically improve the enviroment and the equipment of the practice. We are decked out with Midmark chairs and cabinetry, will have the new Helios lights in 2 operatories, loaded up with Kavo handpieces and will have room to move around our iTero digital impression system.

More importantly for this blog……I have created a conference room that will allow for me to be able to provide area for doing small group teaching out of my office. I have for years been asked if I provide more in depth training in my office……until now I didn’t have a good way to do that. Now our state of the art conference room and adjecent operatory will give me the ability to teach more in depth/detailed course to small groups. Also, will give me the room and ability to do some video taping and eventually/hopefully webcasting as well.

So I’m really excited about the educational oppertunities I’ll be able to provide soon…….Don’t worry it’s not going to be another LVI or Nash Institute ( I don’t have the energy or that grand of vision), but should be a nice place to occasionally teach small groups of friends.

More later as this continues to evolve.

gary radz, dds

snow mountain seminars – www.garyradz.com

general dentist – cosmetic dentistry of colorado – www.radzdds.com

American Dental Association Meeting ’08

I just returned from the ADA meeting in Texas. I was impressed with the attendance in an down economic enviroment.

I was down there to interact with my manufacture friends seeing what is new in the dental world. A couple of things stood out.

1. Pelton Crane has developed a new LED based operatory light. Really cool…lots of new and interesting features.

2. Vident’s new cordless EasyShade. Easier to use and very accurate.

3. Denmat’s purchase of GlamSmile. GlamSmile has a unique delivery system that may make delivery easier. I have not tried it yet….but sure looks interesting. Not clear how this will integrate with Lumineers

4. Kavo continues to perfect the electric handpiece….also their new diode laser has every cool feature on it that you could want.

5. Went by the Danville Engineering booth and was reintroduced to air abrasion with the new PrepStart system. They have integrated water into their system to reduce the “dust” associated with intraoral air abrasion. Interesting. I did alot of air abrasion preps in the 90’s…..this could make me think about returning to this concept.

Gary Radz, DDS

Snow Mountain Seminars – www.garyradz.com

General Dentist – Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado – www.radzdds.com

The first post – Dr. Gary Radz

Hi, welcome to the blog site for the educational aspect of what I do in dentistry. On this site I intend to keep visitors updated on what I’m doing in dentistry and what is happening new in dentistry.

Additionally, I want to develop a forum to be able to interact with other dental professionals to inform, educate and share opinions.

Welcome….I look forward to the interaction.

Gary Radz

General Dentist – Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado – www.radzdds.com

Snow Mountain Seminars – www.garyradz.com