The Aesthetic Course

This is by far one of the best courses I have ever attended. An excellent theoretical and practical experience. I do believe that the course has a very well balanced structure and delivers a complex and integrative theoretical and practical experience. ~ Mihael Profug-Ionescu



11 days

Enhanced CPD


Start dates

London 24th March 2020 Manchester 18th March 2020

Per day fees (prices ex VAT) **

Manchester: £499 + VAT per day
London: £499 + VAT per day

12 month payment terms and low-rate finance now available (prices ex VAT)

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PG Certificate in Aesthetic Dentistry (Level 7)

The PG Certificate in Aesthetic Dentistry is an advanced course consisting of 6 units delivered over 11 days in the form of practical sessions, lectures and demonstrations spread over 12 months.

The course builds on your existing skills and knowledge for Occlusion and Tooth Preparation. It provides dentists with the knowledge, methods and tools to deliver more advanced cosmetic treatments. The course will help identify how the techniques in aesthetic dentistry can be best applied to your practice and how to improve the level of satisfaction and happiness of your patients.

The course covers topics such as Introduction to Smile Design, Designing a Beautiful Smile, Integrating Smile Design with Soft Tissue Treatments, Aesthetic Periodontics, Non-prep Veneers, Veneer Preparation and Fit, and Using Digital Tools to Design the Perfect Smile.

You will be awarded Enhanced CPD as a result of realising each Learning Outcome below.

Unit 1: Principles of Smile Design

  • Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant factors needed for effective smile design
  • Learning Outcome 2: Explain and apply the principles of co-coordinating and integrating practice of smile design with soft tissue treatments
  • Learning Outcome 3: Evaluate, select and apply appropriate anterior wax up techniques

Unit 2: Orthodontics and Pre-alignment

  • Learning Outcome 1: Critically evaluate the benefits of phased treatment planning for enhanced predictability and consent
  • Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrate an understanding of restorative outcomes after orthodontics

Unit 3: Advance Veneer Preparations and Cementation Techniques

  • Learning Outcome 1: Critically appraise current techniques and accompanying material considerations involved with veneer preparation
  • Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrate current techniques associated with Veneer Preparations and Cementations techniques
  • Learning Outcome 3: Demonstrate an understanding of aesthetic outcomes using minimal invasive veneer preparations

Unit 4: Principles of Aesthetic Periodontics

  • Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of Aesthetic Periodontal Issues
  • Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrate an understanding of Gingival Recession and Latrogenic Damage

Unit 5: Principles and application of Advanced Composites

  • Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnosis & management of tooth surface loss
  • Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrate and understanding of the techniques associated with direct stratification composite veneers
  • Learning Outcome 3: Demonstrate an understanding of techniques associated with treatment of black triangles without the need for extensive structural alterations

Unit 6: Principles and Design of a Digital Smile

  • Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of Digital Smile Analysis and Planning
  • Learning Outcome 2: Apply and Critically Evaluate Advanced Smile Design Techniques on Patients

The Aesthetic Course has 6 units covered over 11 days in the form of practical sessions, lectures and demonstrations spread over 12 months. Course Assessments are in the form of Direct Observation of Performance (DOPS), Reflective Write-ups, Clinical Portfolio, Treatment Planning Assignments and end of course Multiple-Choice Questions.

A brief overview of topics covered on the 11 days is as follows, please note course day sequence might change based on the course stream you are registered on:

Day 1: Introduction to Smile Design

  • Media smile vs Natural smile
  • Positioning of centre line
  • Anterior occlusal plane
  • Gingival zeniths
  • Ceramic choice
  • Golden proportions and golden percentage
  • Shade taking practical
  • Digital imaging and waxing
  • Marketing techniques

Day 2: Designing a Beautiful Smile

  • 4 main components smile design theory
  • Macro/micro aesthetics
  • Axial inclination
  • Canting, Incisal Embrasures
  • Contact areas, position and size
  • 50:40:30 rule
  • Incisal edge positioning
  • Anterior diagnostic waxing practical

Day 3: Integrating Smile Design with Soft Tissue Treatments

  • Buccal corridor designs
  • Lower anterior shape and characteristics
  • Tooth alignment, crown lengthening
  • Pink Aesthetics, Use of Pink Porcelain
  • Ovate pontic design
  • Connective tissue grafting, Gummy Smiles
  • Eliminating black triangles
  • Magne and Gurel techniques
  • Photographic record, AACD series of photos

Day 4: Orthodontics & Non-prep Veneers

  • Smile Design Theory, Occlusion considerations
  • Pre-alignment techniques
  • Preparation techniques (lecture and hands on)
  • Temporisation techniques (lecture and hands on)
  • Cementation techniques (lecture and hands on)
  • Essential photography for Aesthetic Dentistry
  • Typodont hands-on veneer, 3/4 crown and full crown
  • 8 unit minimal veneer preparation case on printed models

Day 5: Advance Veneer Preparation

  • Using the latest Galip Gurel technique
  • Conventional and Sliced Preparations, 3/4 crowns and full crown preps
  • Impression Techniques
  • Chamfer Preparation
  • Use of correct bonding and sealing agents
  • Gingival rotary curettage
  • Types of ceramics to use
  • Understanding Enamel Thickness for different teeth
  • Types of Prototypes
  • Adjusting and copying prototypes

Day 6: Veneer Cementation

  • Isolation
  • Cementation Techniques, using different cements
  • Critique the Veneer - Margin, Material
  • Placement Techniques
  • Bonding & Finishing Techniques
  • Hands-on Session on Phantom Heads
  • Use of try in pastes
  • Etching and Silane techniques
  • Use of retraction cord and masking tape

Day 7: Aesthetic Perio

  • Types and methods for Crown Lengthening, understanding the biological width and the impact of encroachment
  • Osseous reduction considerations. Non-osseous reduction.
  • Gum disease, Excessive gingival display, overgrowth, altered passive eruption
  • Gingival Recession, Aetiology, Classification and Management
  • Determine new bone level & Factors for consideration
  • Pig’s head exercises. Crown lengthening on pigs heads
  • Connective tissue harvest , alternatives to connective tissue products
  • Root Coverage on pigs heads using connective tissue graft or a porcine alternative Mucograft

Day 8: Advanced Composites (Part 1)

  • Direct stratification composite veneers (Using UNICA Matrices)
  • Treatment of black triangles (Using Bioclear Matrices)

Day 9: Advanced Composites (Part 2)

  • Treatment of Tooth Wear

Day 10: Designing a Smile Digitally (Part 1)

  • Video/photo protocol for dynamic smile analysis
  • Analogue smile design process via exercise: midline from facial, proportions, smile curve
  • General photographic principles; benefits of digital camera, armamentarium requirements
  • Patient consent considerations
  • Format for a patient smile analysis form
  • Diagnostics, stages, patient communications
  • Natural surface textures, calibration of mid line to face
  • Emotional video capture. Calibration of digital images
  • Mock up template (putty matrix). Evaluation of results. Presentation to peers, tutors.

Day 11: Designing a Smile Digitally (Part 2)

  • Types of image, full face, full face retracted and views
  • Presentation of analysis to peers using PP supported by written analysis to tutors
  • Emotional criteria
  • How to structure a case presentation to follow the psychology of the patient
  • Patient needs, expectations vs reality
  • Digital facebow analysis
  • Full face, lips in repose, natural smile, full ‘eeee’ smile, intra-oral teeth apart images, 2D and 3D analysis and images
  • Hands on use of templates, DSD planning software and apps

Prof. Paul Tipton

B.D.S., M.Sc., D.G.D.P., UK, Specialist in Prosthodontics

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Our Clinical Lead Professor Paul Tipton is an internationally acclaimed Prosthodontist who has worked in private practice for more than 30 years.

President of the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry, Professor Tipton now divides his time between operating private referral clinics in Manchester, Chester and London and teaching other dentists the skills and techniques needed for a prolonged and successful career.

A passionate and charismatic speaker, Paul has been teaching for over 27 years, both in the UK and internationally. Over 3,500 delegates have attended Tipton Training courses to boost their skills, knowledge and income.

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Dr Amit Patel

BDS MSc MClinDent FDS R.C.S.Ed M.R.D R.C.S. Eng Specialist in Periodontics & Implant Dentist

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Amit Patel is a Specialist in Periodontics practising at Birmingham Dental Specialists. His special interests are dental implants, regenerative and aesthetic Periodontics.

Amit graduated from the University of Liverpool and completed a 4 year specialist training programme in Periodontics at Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ Dental Institute. Amit was also an Associate Specialist in Periodontics at The Birmingham Dental School and still continues to teach the MSc students as a Honorary Clinical Lecturer. Amit has published articles and chapters in various books in the field of Periodontics. He has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including lecturing to dental practitioners both in the UK and internationally.

Dr Elaine Halley

BDS, M.Sc (Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry)

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Principal Dentist at Cherrybank Dental Spa

Dr Elaine Halley graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 and with more than 20 years experience as a general dentist with a special interest in cosmetic and advanced restorative dentistry and facial aesthetics. She treats patients from across Scotland and the UK at her private practices, Cherrybank Dental Spa in Perth and Edinburgh.

Dr Halley was President of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 2008-2009 achieved Accreditation in 2010. Her main interest is cosmetic and advanced restorative dentistry and she has studied extensively in the United States, Europe and the UK. In 2012 she was awarded a Masters degree in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry with distinction from the University of Manchester.

Dr Halley serves on the editorial board for the leading trade magazines, Private Dentistry and Aesthetic Dentistry Today, and is a member of the judging panel for the Scottish Dental Awards sponsored by FMC. Her work has been widely featured in the media including Top Sante, Radio 4 and STV.

She has been working with Christian Coachman and Digital Smile Design since 2012 and is a Master Clinician and an Instructor for Digital Smile Design. Her clinics are built around the DSD concept which has improved both treatment planning and case acceptance.
She has authored numerous articles on subjects ranging from clinical case studies to practice management and Implementing DSD and lectures frequently on these subjects. She has lectured and taught on many hands-on programs throughout the UK and abroad.

Dr. James Russell


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James was awarded the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) Accreditation “in recognition of excellence in cosmetic dentistry” in 2008. He is still the youngest dentist to achieve this.

James’ work has been widely published in the dental press and he regularly lectures to dentists both in the UK and abroad

He helped develop new techniques with the Inman Aligner to promote the provision of minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry and anterior alignment orthodontics.

His opinions and skills are heavily featured in magazines, on radio and since 2009 James has been the dental expert providing advice and treatment on Channel 4’s highly popular, BAFTA winning, Embarrassing Bodies program.

James is a director of Inman Aligner Training, the official providers of the Inman Aligner Certification course.

Dr. Matthew Holyoak

BDS, Dip Rest Dent (RCS Eng), MSc (Rest Dent)

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Matthew maintains a private practice in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire with an emphasis on Cosmetic and Advanced Restorative dentistry.
Recently appointed as Educational Supervisor in Advanced Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry at the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at UCLan.

He has a specific interest in Aesthetic Dentistry including smile design, composite resin restorations, minimally invasive ceramic restorations and the restoration of dental implants.

He lectures on smile design, hands on training in composites and restoring dental implants for FGDP, Ankylos Implants, Tipton Training & NW Deanery.

He has teaching experience with FGDP, Diploma in Restorative Dentistry & UCLan MSc courses in Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry
Matthew is a full member of BAAD, and an associate member BSOS.

He is also a Clinical Opinion Leader with some of the UK’s leading dental companies, giving advice on the clinical use of restorative dental materials and the development of new materials and techniques.

Dr. Ashish Rayarel

BDS, MFGDP(UK), MSc (Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry)

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Dr Rayarel graduated from Manchester University in 1989. He completed his MFGDP(UK) in 1998. After completing all of Professor Tipton’s courses and an MSc in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry Ash has been teaching for Tipton Training for 5 years.

He also teaches MSc students for Healthcare Learning; he is unit lead and examiner on this programme. Ash teaches undergraduate students at the University of Manchester and has been an Educational Supervisor for over 20 years. He has completed a PG Certificate in teaching and mentoring from UCLAN and more recently from Edgehill University. Ash is a member of the BACD, BARD and Salford LDC.

My private income has dramatically increased, so much so that I have bought my own private practice. I am now one of the youngest private practice owners in the country, and I owe this to Tipton Training.
— Dr P Shah, 2017

After doing the both the Restorative and Aesthetic Courses I am now looking forward to the cases I used to run away from. The Courses turned Dentistry into an even more exciting job.
– P Alves, 2017

Prof Tipton and his team have been great once more after having done the Restorative and the Operative Dentistry course. The Aesthetic course takes dentistry to a whole new world and a completely different level. I would like to thank the Tipton Team for managing to build up the confidence that I was once lacking. Complex cases are now infinitely easier to identify and treat.
- T Papandreou, 2017

Who should do this course?

We believe this course is aimed at experienced dentists, wishing to improve their clinical work and invest more knowledge into the understanding of smile design, facial aesthetics and the use of digital tools to design the perfect smile. If you are an independent dentist with a good understanding of Occlusion, treatment planning and tooth preparation or a Tipton Training Alumni who has done any one of the PG Certificate in Restorative Dentistry or the PG Certificate in Operative Dentistry then this course will help you deliver Aesthetic treatments your patients aspire to receive.

I am confused about which course will suit be best. Can you tell me the difference between the PG Certification in Restorative Dentistry and PG Certification in Cosmetic & Aesthetic Dentistry?

The Aesthetic and Cosmetic Course is an advanced course for dentists who are looking to carry out more private and advance dental work such as Digital and Smile Design Improvement. The Restorative Course is aimed at dentists looking to explore occlusion and stabilisation techniques to improve their general dentistry.

How much practical work is involved?

The Cosmetic and Aesthetic course consists of a mix of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions. It is 50% theory and 50% practical.

How much reading is involved?

The theory is based on reading material provided to within your online platform login up to 4 weeks prior to a specific course day. All scientific journals are hand-picked by the team and are essential in developing your knowledge within specific topics. Reading material is required specifically for Unit 1. Professor Tipton may refer back to specific points within the reading so it is important to make sure you are up to date.

Are there any additional course costs?

There are no additional costs on the PG Certificate in Aesthetic Dentistry.

What is covered in the course fees?

We provide you with the models for diagnostic waxing days (Unit 2). A light lunch and refreshments will be available. Whilst we try to accommodate any dietary requirements, we cannot always guarantee.

The Aesthetic Course

All prices include VAT

Total amount payable £6,586.80

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