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Scott Finlay, D.D.S., FAGD, FAACD is the Resident Expert in Dental Esthetics and Senior Faculty member at the Dawson Academy. Dr. Finlay is one of the world’s most recognized dentists in the area of esthetic dentistry, winning several awards from the AACD. He is also a full-time practicing dentist at his practice in Annapolis, MD.

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Webinar: Digital Shade Calibration & The Virtual Try-In

Harmonizing shades for indirect or direct restoration of limited treatment in the esthetic zone requires a mastery of understanding color, the optics of teeth and communication with photography. By determination of specific color coordinates of a shade, restoration materials can be selected that greatly reduce the need for interpolation by both the clinician and the laboratory technician.

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding the objective determination of color coordinates in selecting a shade
  • Understanding the eLab protocols in image capture
  • Understanding the value of the calibration of images clinically with images recorded on the lab bench to facilitate a virtual try in

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Are You and Your Lab Technician Speaking the Same Language?

Quick Tip-Are you and your laboratory technician speaking the same language_

I think one of those essential issues in life for efficiency is communication and communication involves speaking the same language.

When we're dealing with our colleagues on the lab bench for our indirect solutions for our patients, it's obviously essential that we're using the same terminology or nomenclature when we're trying to communicate either revisions in current restorations or anticipations for what we're trying to create for our patients. A nomenclature that has been defined for us by literature that exists and there is a great resource, I think, that we can reach out to, both the clinician and the laboratory technician is the the Criteria Guide produced by the AACD.

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The Golden Rule of Proportion

So as we begin to consider design as it relates to nature, it would be nice if there were some rules or formulas that would allow us to harness the power of what esthetics are all about. That would give us some predictability or a roadmap for our final design. I think it's been the Holy Grail, through mankind, to try to understand what those rules would be.

Fibonacci was a 13th-century mathematician, and he began to observe repeated patterns in nature. And what he tried to create were a series of mathematical logarithms that would give us a mathematical understanding of what esthetics was all about. The Fibonacci sequence was one of those formulas that look specifically at golden proportions.

It was a couple of centuries later that a guy by the name of Leonardo da Vinci came along. And he popularized a sketch called the Vitruvian Man. And it was based upon some work by another Italian engineer and architect, and his name was Vitruvius. And he felt as if the divine proportions seen in man ought to be what is replicated in architecture and design.

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