PG Certificate in Aesthetic Dentistry

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



14 modules

Enhanced CPD



Manchester: March 2023

London/Watford: March 2023

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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 17 modules 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 17 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 17 days is as follows, please note course day sequence might change based on the course stream you are registered on:

Module 1: Smile Design & Lab Communications

AM Lecture - Smile Design 1

  • Marketing and communication with patients
  • Centre line assessment

PM Lab Communications and Shade Taking

Module 2: Smile Design & Tooth Anatomy

AM Lecture – Smile Design 2

  • Incisal plane
  • Smile line
  • Contact points
  • Golden proportion/ Golden percentage
  • Incisal length and profiles
  • Maxillary teeth – tooth proportions and central incisor dominance
  • Buccal corridors and axial alignment
  • Mandibular teeth
  • Lab communications and prescriptions – facebow, diagnostics, Geller models
  • Pink Composites

PM Practical - Tooth Anatomy & Diagnostic Waxing

Module 3: Smile Design & Digital Workflow

AM - Lecture – Smile Design 3

  • Gingival Aesthetics – High, medium and low lip line
  • Treatment of gingival discrepancies and localised recessions
  • How to manage deficient pontic areas
  • Treatment of gingival asymmetries - canted maxilla
  • Gummy Smile

PM - Digital Workflow Lecture & Practical

Module 4: Photography & Marketing

AM Lecture – Photography and Marketing lecture

PM - Practical - Photography Practical

Module 5: Veneer Preparations Theory

Lecture – Veneer Preparation

  • Theory of porcelain veneer preparations
  • Labial surface preparation variations including gingival prep
  • Interproximal preparation types – conventional vs slice
  • Palatal prep variations
  • Finishing techniques
  • Prep vs prepless techniques
  • Geller Models

Module 6: Veneer Preparations Practical

  • Candidate will be preparing both upper and lowers
  • Conventional vs slice prep
  • How to check reductions of preparations
  • Finishing preparations and which equipment to use

Module 7: Bleaching

  • Online Zoom: Bleaching

Module 8: Veneer Cementations

  • Cementation protocol for upper and lower cases
  • How to assess fit of veneers on cast – quality control including lab prescriptions
  • Treating veneers before fit
  • Rubber dam technique
  • Bonding techniques
  • Tooth prep and finishing techniques
  • Repair techniques

Module 9: Aesthetic Perio

  • Mucogingival Surgery
  • Miller Classes I to IV and how to identify
  • Treatment planning
  • Free Gingival, laterally and coronally repositioned flaps, Double Papillae, Semi-lunar
  • Harvesting connective tissue grafts
  • Alloderm and its uses
  • Crown lengthening
  • Practical hands on using animal tissue

Module 10: Ceramic Crowns Inlays & Onlays

Aims: to give you the understanding and ability to prepare to do your preparations and how to prepare them
Objectives: To look at the stages involved in preparing teeth, the systematic approach and an understanding of laboratory procedures, margins, sealing etc

  • Preparing to prepare the principles of prep design, convergence angles Axial inclinations and how they vary between materials
  • Choice of materials
  • Preparation techniques
  • Impressions

Module 11: Aesthetics and Orthodontics

  • Align Bleach Bond techniques
  • Orthodontic assessments and structure
  • Fixed vs removable orthodontics
  • IPR requirements and linking to veneer prep guidelines
  • Case Study discussions

Module 12: Facial Aesthetics Theory

  • Online Zoom: Facial Aesthetics

Module 13: Facial Aesthetics Practical

  • Facial Aesthetics Injectable practical

Module 14: Digital Smile Design (Theory)

  • Photo/video Protocol
  • Dynamic Smile Design
  • Pre-restorative Ortho
  • DSD Lab
  • DSD App

Module 15:Digital Smile Design

  • Continued theory from module 13
  • Horizontal Aesthetic Plane
  • Facial Midline
  • Smile Curve
  • Relative Widths of anterior teeth
  • Proportions of centrals
  • Gingival Curve

Module 16: Advanced Composites & Black Triangles

  • UNICA Matrix system
  • Treatment of Black Triangles
  • Bioclear Matrix system
  • Minimally invasive techniques to restore worn dentitions
  • Hands on Lecture & Practical
  • Detailed equipment discussions concerning placement techniques, curing and polishing of high quality composites

Module 17: Treatment of Tooth Wear

AM - LECTURE – Tooth Wear

  • Examination, stabilisation and maintenance
  • Occlusal wear, 3 reference points and Boyles Plane Analyser
  • Palatal Wear Cases, dahl appliance
  • Creating occlusal plans
  • Study casts and articulator selection
  • Conformative vs reorganised approaches to restoration
  • Periodontal surgery and implants in TSL cases
  • Provisional diagnoses – Design of restorations, bridges
  • Diagnostic Waxing, prototype restorations and preparation guides
  • Maintenance

PM – PRACTICAL – Incisal edge reconstruction

  • Hands on tutorial
  • Building up incisal edges on anteriors

Module 18: Occlusion

AM – Lecture - Occlusion

  • Occlusal examinations – Structuring the process doe better exams and record keeping
  • History, Intra and extra oral examinations
  • Examining ICP, RAP, RCP and slides
  • 3 options for protrusive guidance
  • Balancing and non-working side contacts
  • Michigan Splint
  • Reorganised vs conformative approach in restoration

PM – Practical – Occlusion

  • How to complete a complete occlusal examination

Professor 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, Nottingham 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 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. 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.

Dr. Hugo Grancho Pinto

BDS (Lisbon) 2004. Specialist in Periodontology, lecturer at Manchester University

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Hugo is a registered specialist in periodontics with the General Dental Council and he focuses his clinical practice around the diagnosis and treatment, both nonsurgical and surgical, of gum disease, aesthetic periodontal surgery and implant dentistry.

Hugo qualified as a dentist from the University of Lisbon, practiced general dentistry for a couple of years and has been working in private practice in the areas of periodontology and implant dentistry exclusively since 2006.

Hugo competed a 3 years full time Specialist Training Program in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry in Lisbon. He has a Diploma in Clinical Periodontology from the Gothenburg University and completed a Post-Graduation in Implant Dentistry at the Oral Rehabilitation Institute, in Lisbon.

Hugo is an academic clinical lecturer in the postgraduate program in periodontics at the University of Manchester. He was a lecturer in the Periodontology Department in the University of Lisbon until 2008. He also lectures nationally and internationally on periodontics and implant dentistry.

He is an active member of the British Society of Periodontology, American Academy of Periodontology and Portuguese Association of Periodontology and Implants.

Outside dentistry he loves spending time with his wife and kids and enjoys playing tennis and travelling around the world

Dr. Adam Toft

BSc (Hons), BDS (Hons), MFGDP (UK), MMedSci (Rest Dent), Dip Aesth (BARD) FBARD PGCertEd (Sheffield)

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Dr Adam S. Toft qualified in 1995 with Honours from Sheffield University, having already gained a chemistry degree in Bangor, Wales. Since qualifying he has been interested in all aspects of dentistry, especially orthodontics, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Adam has completed a 2 year postgraduate orthodontic course and a 4 year placement at the Royal Hospital, Chesterfield as a clinical assistant in the Orthodontic Department. He enjoys attending postgraduate courses and has been a vocational trainer for newly-qualified dentists over a number of years.

Adam has completed a 1 year Certificate course in Restorative Dentistry in Manchester as well as a yearlong Certificate in Practical and Aesthetic Dentistry with Tipton training in the mid 2000’s.

Furthermore, in order to offer his patients the very best in Aesthetic Dentistry, Adam has also recently completed an MMedSci Course at Sheffield University. He studied part–time over two years and has been learning and carrying out the very latest in adhesive and cosmetic dentistry.

He has taught as a part–time clinical tutor at Sheffield’s Charles Clifford Dental Hospital where he helped to supervise and tutor final year dental students. He is also one of the lecturers for Tipton Training where he lectures on the restorative, practical and aesthetic courses.

He is a founding committee member of the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry (BARD) and also a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD).

Gary Jenkinson

I have been qualified as a dental technician for over 30 years

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I have been qualified as a dental technician for over 30 years, in that time I’ve gained experienced in all aspects of dentistry.

My parents told me to do something you love because if you don’t it will feel like work and you’re there for a long time son, fortunately for me I love dental technology and my passion and hunger to learn and do the best I can for my clients and ultimately the patients is down to loving what I do.

I like sharing my knowledge and passion for dental technology, I lecture and teach whenever I can, it’s been a pleasure teaching and helping with Paul Tipton on his courses around the world, helping technicians to learn being an Ivoclar Opinion Leader, showing dentists how DIgital Smile Design can help them motivate and communicate with them and their team to achieve predictable beautiful results.

I have my own lab in Sheffield, Art Dental Studio is a small and beautiful lab with a dedicated team giving my private clients the results and service their patients deserve.

Dr Muataz Osman

BDS The University of Benghazi (2008), MSc (Clin) in Periodontology The University of Manchester (2018).

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Dr Muataz Osman
BDS The University of Benghazi (2008), MSc (Clin) in Periodontology The University of Manchester (2018).

Dr Muataz Osman graduated from the University of Benghazi in 2008. He worked as GDP with special interest in periodontics and implant dentistry for 6 years in a private practice. During that time he was a clinical and academic tutor in the restorative department at LIMU (2010-2012). Between 2012-2014 he was a TA in the oral biology department at the University of Benghazi, from which he achieved a scholarship to get his PG education.

Dr Osman obtained his clinical Masters in Periodontics from the University of Manchester with distinction (2015-2018) – this grade qualified him for a place in Clinical PhD studies, finishing September 2022.

Dr Osman is now an honorary clinical tutor in the PG Periodontology program at the University of Manchester.

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.

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