New and Improved

The Aesthetic Continuum is back and better than ever

This summer offers a hands-on way for Heartland Dental’s supported dentists to hone their skills in cosmetic dentistry through the newly revamped Aesthetic Continuum. An opportunity like no other, the Aesthetic Continuum is the largest cosmetic, live-patient dental program in the United States. After a brief hiatus in 2014, the new Aesthetic Continuum is back and taking place throughout the summer months of 2015, featuring several options for a more personalized experience.

The Aesthetic Continuum is Heartland Dental’s premiere supported continuing education initiative. As discussed in the winter 2015 issue of Smiling Magazine, the Aesthetic Continuum was introduced in 2004 as a way for new dentists to gain valuable knowledge and skill in cosmetic dental care. Initially, the course was held as one large program, with participants attending all at once. Heartland Dental has since exceeded 650 supported dental offices, with close to 1,000 supported dentists. In order to accommodate this growth, the course has been broken down into regional workshops, giving even more supported dentists the ability to participate in a one-on-one setting and stay close to home.

The initial large lecture remains at one centralized location. Held on May 29th and 30th in St. Louis, MO, participants heard from two prominent speakers and instructors, Dr. Michael Miyasaki and Dr. Mike Koczarski. Following the lecture, preparation and seat workshops are being held in various locations throughout the months of June and July. This gives supported dentists the ability to experience a unique combination of lab support, hands-on training with live patients and access to materials from world-class vendors. Participants will also be working side-by-side with mentor dentists who have a vast amount of experience in cosmetic dentistry.

“The experience of working with a mentor is invaluable to participants,” said Samson Liu, Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Heartland Dental. “Hearing other points of view allows participants to look at things differently and create better outcomes for their patients.”

Another unique change to the Aesthetic Continuum this year is that supported dentists are given the ability to choose their level of participation in the program. They have the option to attend the lecture only, lecture and observation only, or lecture and hands-on participation with a patient from their practice. These options give supported dentists the opportunity to earn up to 24 CE hours, which are PACE approved through the Academy of General Dentistry.

A vision based on quality, the Aesthetic Continuum brings both experienced, mentor dentists and new dentists together to learn and experience the process of completing ideal smile designs. With this year’s new and improved approach to the program, Heartland Dental plans to continue supporting this unique educational process so that even more supported dentists can raise their level of care and skill in aesthetic dentistry.

“The confidence participating dentists gain through this program in successfully completing a smile design from start to finish is incredible and truly makes a difference,” said Anna Singh, DMD, Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Heartland Dental. “We look forward to providing this level of education, so participating dentists can help their patients achieve the beautiful smiles they desire.”