April 16, 2009
I just got in the mail today the April edition of Oral Health. Oral Health is one of the largest dental journals in Canada.
Last year the editor asked that I submit an article for publication to the journal. I sent in two case studies on patients that I had recently completed no prep Venus veneers on. He liked the article so much he requested that I submit a photo of the patients for the cover of the journal…..which I, of course, did.
the following link will take you to the online version of the article: http://www.oralhealthjournal.com/issues/ISarticle.asp?id=209315&story_id=132400142748&issue=04012009&PC=
the article discusses the thought process behind no prep veneers as well as some techniques. importantly for dentists this article was published to demonstrate that it is possible to get great esthetics and great soft tissue response with veneers on unprepared teeth. Given all the negative critiques of Lumineers and other similar products, in this article I tried to disspell some of the myths that are out in the profession.
i welcome comments and other ideas on this subject.
for those interested in pursuing more about this concept of no prep veneers I can refer you to two places:
1. I learn much of this information from Dr. Dennis Wells in Nashville. Dennis provides inoffice courses on this subject. go to: www.musiccityseminars.com for more info…….great course.
2. I’m chairing the 2nd Annual North American Symposium on No Prep Veneers in Cleveland June 5,6. This program brings together many experienced dentists and ceramists to discuss the concept of No Prep veneers. go to: www.acesthetics.com for more info.
Gary Radz, DDS
November 5, 2008
Getting ready to head out to Bonita Springs, Florida this afternoon.
I’m the program chairman of the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (www.acesthetics.com) annual meeting. I’m excited to see many new friends and hear a number of great speakers. Should be a great meeting both educationally and socially.
I am doing a shortened version of my porcelain veneer lecture. I’ll be focusing on the basics in porcelain veneer preparation. Will be discussing minimal preparation, partial preparation, and no preparation veneers. The no prep concept is very interesting. DenMat and Lumineers have done a great job of creating interest in the general public. There is alot of information and misinformation on this subject. On Saturday I’ll be sharing my experience and opinion on this area of “controversy”.
Gary Radz, DDS
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
October 23, 2008
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