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cosmetic dentistry_ beauty & science

_There was a time not so very long ago when dentists looking for advanced education, especially in the field of cosmetics, really had no choice but to travel to the USA. Times have changed! At the recent eighth Annual Conference of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), morethan30excellentlecturers,nearlyallfromthe UK and Europe, delivered a meeting that was de- scribed by the delegates as “the best one ever”. What is the secret of the success of a major se- minar? Balance—balance between subjects and ideasandbetweenapproachandexecution.Variety —mostdelegatesweregeneralpractitioners;there- fore, a conference concentrating on a single theme would not have been appropriate to everyone present. The theme of the meeting was “Minimal inter- vention”. How can we produce the best possible re- sults while doing the least amount of damage? The days of aggressive crown and veneer preparation are over. This seminar highlighted the use of com- posite resin and minimal or no-preparation full or additional veneers. And there was more! The meeting offered lec- tures and workshops on numerous subjects to help build better practices, as well as seminars on pho- tography, practice management, marketing and team-building for clinicians and all dental team members. Who was speaking? There were too many to list I therefore apologise to those not mentioned! Amongst the well-known clinicians who shared their experience and learning was Dr Mauro Fra- 46 I I meetings _ BACD cosmeticdentistry 4_2011 You really don’t have to leave Europe! Author_Dr Philip Lewis, UK Fig. 1_Delegates register for the event. Fig. 2_The audience shows approval! Fig. 3_Dr David Bloom explained the principles of clinical photography. Fig. 4_Dr Rahul Doshi looked at minimally invasive restoration. Fig. 3 Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 4 Fig. 5 Fig. 9Fig. 7Fig. 6 Fig. 8