Course Description

Building upon the concepts presented in Esthetic Foundations 1.0, this course focuses on the essential skills needed to provide beautiful esthetics with minimal invasion through the use of orthodontics, direct and indirect “non-prep” procedures.

Orthodontics can greatly impact the need for tooth preparation, and even minor tooth movement can significantly enhance the success of a case. Examples of techniques for moving teeth, will be presented and illustrated with cases.

Direct restorations are one of the most valuable, conservative and cost effective services a clinician can provide. Through hands on exercises, participants will learn to predictably replace missing tooth structure so that it invisibility dissolves into the surrounding dentition. The advent of “non-prep” restorations is an exciting, but amazingly challenging process that requires a new skill set for both the clinician and the ceramist. In this program, through the use of case documentation and video, the key aspects in understanding this new protocol will be illustrated.

Course Size: 20

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the skills of objective assessment of esthetic cases
  • Explore the opportunities in minimizing invasion of treatment with limited orthodontics
  • Recognize the science of adhesion and tooth whitening
  • Master the application of direct composites in the esthetic zone
  • Specify minimal invasion and preparation design
  • Outline the concepts of stratification
  • Choose a direct restorative system that will simplify the restoration process
  • Execute techniques in finish and polish of direct composites
  • Create texture in direct restorations u Repair composites
  • Apply the evolving protocol for the potential for minimal invasion indirect restorations
  • Complete prep design with minimal invasion techniques
  • Finish and polish ultra-thin ceramics intraorally
  • Identify if “non-prep” is really “no-prep,” and when is “no-prep” the right choice?

Optional Coursework

The participant will also have the option for 10 additional CE credits for a complete documentation of a case in the esthetic zone to be presented at the program.

This documentation will include:

  • Before and after images organized in a template that matches the photographic protocol for The Dawson Academy
  • Mounted pre-op and post-op models

Course Dates

  1. May 2, 2019 - May 3, 2019

    St. Petersburg, FL (The Dawson Academy)

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Course Information

Class Hours: Day 1 and 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: See our calendar for specific locations.

Tuition: $4,600

CE Credits: 14

Instructor: Scott Finlay, DDS, FAGD, FAACD

Recommended Prerequisite: Esthetic Foundations 1 – Restoring Anterior Teeth

Target Audience: General Dentists, Specialists

Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.


The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 14 credit hours continuing education credits.