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Edward McLaren & Johan Figueira

Creating color: the integration of color (value, chroma, and hue) and translucency in dental ceramics

Lecture Description: 

The presentation will emphasize how to assess the four 4 dimension of color (hue, value, chroma and translucency) , how these dimensions of color interact to give a final perceived shade, and how the dentist and ceramist should interpret the shade information to achieve success in the final restoration.

  • Understand the optical properties of enamel and dentin
  • Understanding the fourth dimension of color: Translucency
  • Understand “color: light and optical behavior” and the relationship of the thickness of dental ceramics affect the final percieved shade
  • Understand how to apply sciences principles into artistic principles for optimal esthetic results
  • Enhance the Communication between dentist and ceramist trough a protocol for different clinical situation
About presenter: 

Dr. McLaren is a Prosthodontist, Professor and director of Post Graduate Esthetic Dentistry at the UCLA school of Dentistry. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Oregon Dental School. He is the director of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry, a full time didactic and clinical program for graduate dentists. He is also the founder and director of the UCLA Master Dental Ceramist program. The residency program is a full time master ceramist program for dental technicians featuring extensive experience with the newest esthetic restorative systems. . Dr. McLaren maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics and esthetic dentistry in which he does all of his own ceramics.

Dr. McLaren is actively involved in many areas of prosthodontic and materials research and has authored over 80 articles. He is performing ongoing clinical research on various restorative systems. He has presented numerous lectures, hands-on clinics and postgraduate courses on ceramics and esthetics across the nation and internationally. He recently published a book, on his ceramic techniques and features dental photographic art, entitled “The Art of Passion: Ceramics, Teeth, Faces, and Places.”