Cosmetic Dentistry Course Reviews UK 2018 by Dr Mahrukh Khwaja
My Top 4 Cosmetic Dentistry Courses by Dr Mahrukh Khwaja
Hello fellow dentists. My name is Mahrukh Khwaja and I am a dentist practising in Kent and London. In this article I'll be discussing the rationale and need for CPD in dentistry and review my favourite cosmetic dentistry courses I have attended in 2018.
Why Do We Do CPD?
Furthering our skills through relevant CPD is a great way of increasing our passion and move towards practising the type of dentistry we want to deliver for our patients. It is also a great way of meeting like-minded, driven dentists who can support and inspire us.
It can be a minefield, searching for the right course for you. And with the expense, its understandable why sometimes its an area we procrastinate on.
Since moving back to London, I've been on a multitude of various courses with the goal to up my skills in cosmetic dentistry. I've compiled my top cosmetic dentistry courses I'd recommend. I'm not affliated with any of them, but found them personally most engaging and relevant to the dentistry I want to practise.
Here are my reviews on four of the Aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry courses that I attended in 2018!
1. Tipton Training Aesthetic Dentistry Certificate Course Review - by Paul Tipton.
I really love this course. It covers all the essentials and more RE the principles of smile design, simple orthodontics, minimum preparation veneers and basics of occlusion.
There is a quite hefty amount of coursework and a Multiple Choice Question examination at the end, but its nice to get a qualification from your CPD.
And if you enjoy your year, you can always take it further to a diploma or masters.
Tipton have a number of different courses. The Restorative Dentistry Certificate is also considered a comprehensive course that really hones into occlusion. The Phantom Head course is a good one for more guidance on restorative preparations.
A diagnostic wax up practical session from the Tipton course,
2. Six Months Smiles Course Review - Short-term Orthodontics.
I decided to delve into orthodontics after feeling really bored of general dentistry and noticing the number of patients I couldn't help.
I chose Six Months Smiles over other courses because I wanted to do more hands on orthodontics and Six Months Smiles are the most recognised well established backed bases brand out there. The supoort on the forum is also great. Treatments can be planned by the orthodontist and you'll get a tailored detailed plan for every case with Confidex.
The course teaches you the basics of orthodontic planning and how to use your new kit. You go over cases together and practise placing doughnuts over bracjets, powerchain, elastic thread and quick ties.
The good thing is you can also reattend to refresh knowledge or to discuss cases in person. Thats something I've done also and found it really beneficial.
Six Months Smiles: correcting an anterior crossbite and deep bite respectively
3. Orthodontic CQC Course Review - by Jas Gill and Jan Einfeldt
This is great whether you carry out Six Months Smiles or Invaslign etc. All short term orthodontics courses are covered.
This course focuses on creating excellent notes. Jas has custom made templates that are really detailed. Informed consent is covered. How to increase the number of orthodontic cases through effective communication is discussed. The use of social media, websites, branding and testimonials are also explored aswell as photography. Its a really practical and beneficial addition to your orthodontics journey.
4. 2 Day Mini Smile Makeover Course Review - by Dipesh Parmar and Enlighten
This is a comprehensive anterior composite course covering from selecting cases, to preparation sich as diagnostic wax up and making a palatal stent to layering composite to make beautiful and predictable restorations.
Dipesh presents his cases and explains in detail his approach. You'll get the chance to practise peg shaped laterals and composite veneers also.
The course showcases a specific composite brand by Cosmedent called Renamel. The beauty of this composite is that it polishes just like a veneer! You'll get the opportunity to use the polishing discs and Renamelize paste that gives a beautiful sheen to your work.
I bought the kit from this course and I've used it on all my big cosmetic cases. So far, I've completed a peg shaped lateral case, closed diastemas, replaced discoloured composites, repaired fractured porcelain bridges and a big toothwear case.
If you post your work on Instagram, Cosmedent and Enlightensmiles also comment and even repost your work, which is always nice!
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