Edward A. McLaren, DDS, MDC & Diego Michel, DDS, MDC
Creating Natural Contours, Texture, Luster and Surface Color in Dental Restorations
The final touches of contour, texture, surface colorants, and luster can take average looking dental restorations and create an exceptionally esthetic result. These steps are critical to the success of dental restorations weather it is composite or ceramics. These skills are more necessary now than ever as monolithic restorations are now the predominate type of indirect restoration. The lecture will cover the esthetics of the individual tooth i.e. the unique form and texture patterns of Anterior teeth and color distribution patterns that can be somewhat mimicked with surface color. The lecture will detail the very specific armamentaria and techniques to create ideal “Surfaces” both in Color and finish specically with the newer generation Monolithic Materials Cubic Zirconia and High Strength Glass Ceramics. As a bonus the presentation will cover specific materials and techniques to get Ideal surfaces on Composites, Porcelain, and even in wax as all materials require very different procedures and armamentaria.
Dr. McLaren is a Prosthodontist and Master Dental Ceramist. Dr McLaren is a retired Professor from both UCLA and UAB School of Dentistry. He was founder and first director of the Post Graduate Esthetic Dentistry at the UCLA school of Dentistry. He was the director of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry, a full time didactic and clinical program for graduate dentists. He was also the founder and director of the UCLA/LACC Master Dental Ceramist program. The post-graduate program is a full-time master ceramist program for dental technicians featuring extensive experience with the newest esthetic restorative systems. At UAB he was founder and first director of the Advanced Dental Esthetics,founder director of the Advanced Dental Esthetics, Restorative & Biomaterials Program, founder and director 3-year advanced ceramics and digital technology for technicians program, founder and director one-year esthetic and restorative fellowship Restorative & Biomaterials Program, founder and director 3-year advanced ceramics and digital technology for technicians program, founder and director one-year esthetic and restorative fellowship.
Dr. McLaren currently is the CEO of ArtOral America a private teaching institute based in Park City Utah, he maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics and esthetic dentistry in which he did all of his own ceramics.
Dr. McLaren is still actively involved in many areas of prosthodontic and materials research and has authored or co-authored over 90 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.
Dr. Diego Michel Castillo is a Prosthodontistgraduated in December 2014 with 2+ years of experience as Associated Professor in Esthetic Dentistry Postgraduate Program in Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí; and Prosthodontics Postgraduate Program along with Dental Technician Program in Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. He graduated in December 2018 from the Master Ceramist and Digital Dentistry Continuing Education Programat The University of Alabama at Birmingham under Dr. Edward McLaren(Program director) and MDC Hernán Lázaro Villa (Laboratory director) tuition.
He was awarded the third place in the GlaxoSmithKline: National Dentistry Award, 2013. He authored the article “In vitro Susceptibility of Candida albicans and Non-albicans Isolated from Dental Prothesis in Patients with Denture Stomatitis to Three Disinfectants”. Castillo, S.D.M., Aranda-Romo S. Int. J. Odontostomat., 9(3):373-377,2015. He has lectured about “Simple techniques and equipment to get high end photography” in Costa Rica, Guayaquil, Querétaro and Salt Lake City.