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 Thursday, April 02, 2020 | 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

The Art of Digital Photography to Enhance Patient Diagnosis and Treatment

Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, Academy of Chairside Assisting, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

As the move to a more digital dental practice continues, the dental team becomes increasingly responsible for contributing high-quality and accurately detailed dental images. Knowing the components of a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera and its advantages in the dental practice equips the dental team for capturing the best images possible. Understanding the proper positioning of subjects, equipment, and the camera also ensures digital dental photographs facilitate greater communication, patient understanding, and successful treatment outcomes.

Educational Objectives

  • Identify dental armamentarium necessary for capturing precise dental photographs.
  • Describe the proper position and angles for photography subjects in dentistry.
  • Explain the components and functions of DSLR cameras as they affect digital dental photography.


 Friday, April 03, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Increasing Case Acceptance from Whitening to Esthetic Dental Procedures

Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, Academy of Chairside Assisting, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

As clinical procedures in aesthetic dentistry continue to expand and improve, the dental team’s role continues to evolve as well. As we connect with patients and understand their desires, patients become more open and honest with their expectations. Increasing case acceptance is easy when we know what to ask and say. This course takes the dental team through proper records gathering, treatment planning and case acceptance, and how to include whitening and esthetic dental treatment.

Educational Objectives

  • Identify considerations that affect whitening treatment decisions.
  • Describe how whitening products work to remove tooth stains.
  • Discuss factors affecting whitening treatment patient selection and protocol.
  • Helping patients understand what is next after the whitening.



The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is a not-for-profit organization qualifying under Section 501c(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.  The Academy of Laser Dentistry is an international professional membership association of dental practitioners and supporting organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of patients through the proper use of laser technology.  The Academy is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, research, and education and to the exchange of information relative to the art and science of the use of lasers in dentistry.  The Academy endorses the Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education.

Abstracts, presenter biographies, disclosure information, and product descriptions are published for educational purposes as submitted by the respective presenters and exhibitors.  They do not necessarily represent the views of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.  ALD is not responsible for the opinions expressed by the presenters, exhibitors, and advertisers.  Written permission must be obtained by the Academy to audiotape, videotape, duplicate, and/or distribute any portion of the conference program or proceedings.

Practitioners are advised to investigate and consider which medical devices and materials are cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for safety and efficacy and which are considered experimental, and which procedures are within the applicable scope of their license, competence, skills, and abilities, as established by their education, training, and experience.  Clinicians are advised to review the specific indications for use of their devices and to review their operator manuals for guidance on operating parameters before attempting similar techniques on their patients.

The ALD Conference presents opportunities that may discuss investigational devices that have not yet received U.S. FDA approval or clearance for the specified clinical indications or describes off-label uses.

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