22nd Annual International Aesthetic Week

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New York City. March 11-14, 2024
· 10/03/2024





The NYUCD International Aesthetic Week is open to all dentists throughout the world. All programs are in English and have simultaneous translation to Spanish.

“Learn from the experts”

Through lectures, groupdiscussions, and stimulating presentations, emphasizing clinical success in private practice.

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Concepts in American Dentistry

The “Current Concepts in American Dentistry” international program was established at New York University College of Dentistry in 1981. This popular program now has over 3,800 graduates from 27 countries. These customized educational opportunities are designed for international dental groups to provide a deeper knowledge and understanding of specific areas of dentistry. The teaching staff includes NYU College of Dentistry faculty, alumni, and outstanding educators from other institutions and private practice. Program topics and content are determined by the educational objectives of the group in consultation with the Assistant Dean for Continuing Education. Ongoing program relationships have been established in the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and Venezuela.

All programs are in English. If necessary, a translator will be provided by the group organizer. To maximize the learning experience, sessions in New York City are limited to a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 50 participants. Individual dentists not part of a group may join an existing group on a space-available basis and with prior approval of the Assistant Dean for Continuing Education. Attendance in New York City is mandatory in fulfilling the program requirements.

This international dental education program is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of dental groups to “learn from the experts.” Faculty are carefully selected from throughout the world for their teaching and communication skills, clinical and/or research expertise, and experience. Through informative and stimulating lectures, interactive group discussions, treatment planning sessions, “live” patient demonstrations, participant-written reports, and clinical case requirements, this practical and innovative learning approach will expand your horizons and increase your confidence in pursuing clinical excellence.

Program Director

Dr. Stephen Chu

Dr. Stephen CHU

Stephen J. Chu is a former Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry and the Department of Prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry. He also has a private practice in fixed prosthodontics, esthetic, and implant dentistry in New York City.

Dr. Chu has published over 70 articles in the dental literature and has given lectures nationally and internationally on the subjects of esthetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. Dr. Chu is the executive editor of Compendium and the recipient of several professional dental awards

Topics and Speakers

Monday, March 11, 2024. Septodont Auditorium

Interdisciplinary Approach for Better Aesthetic Results
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Creating the precision in terms of the preparation, fit and the aesthetic final outcome needs a serious treatment planning which is different for each case… Designing a new smile consists of many steps which are so very important and if followed correctly, produces predictable success. The key to aesthetic excellence requires patient communication as well as communication with the laboratory and the specialists from the beginning of the case till the end.

In today’s dentistry success depends on an interdisciplinary team work. Every member of the team (including the specialists, lab technicians and the patient) should be aware of the treatment planning and the end result from the beginning. Every effort should be spent to bring the teeth to their natural position on the dental arch, hence creating enough space for the restoration to be received so that the aim should be minimum tooth preparation.

After that stage, in order to achieve a very precise and predictable tooth preparation, wax-up, silicon indexes and related techniques such as APR (Aesthetic Pre Recontouring), APT (Aesthetic Pre-evaluative Temporaries) and preparation through the APTs are extremely crucial. This eliminates all the possible mistakes and destruction of the depth cutters that could have been done if the tooth was to be prepared without realizing the aging effects on the enamel (volumetric enamel loss) or their inappropriate teeth positions on the dental arch….

Dr. Galip Gurel

Dr. Galip GUREL

Dr. Gurel is the founder and the honorary president of the Turkish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry. He was the President of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED) for 2011 and 2012. He received “The Smigel” award from New York University College of Dentistry in October 2014 honoring significant contributions in aesthetic dentistry.

Dr. Gurel is also a member of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics (ASDA) and American Academy of Restorative Dentistry (AARD) and honorary diplomat of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD). He is also the editor-in-chief of the Quintessence Magazine in Turkey and on the editorial board of the AACD journal, PPAD (Practical Procedure & Aesthetic Dentistry), EJED (European Journal of Esthetic Dentistry). Dr. Gurel was President of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED) for 2011 and 2012. He is a visiting professor at the New York University (USA), Marseille Dental University (France) and Istanbul Yeditepe University (Turkey). He is the author of “The Science and Art of Porcelain Laminate Veneers” published by Quintessence publications in 2003 translated into 12 different languages. Since
1984 Dr. Gurel has maintained his private practice in Istanbul, Turkey limited to aesthetic dentistry.

Prosthetic Guided Esthetic Dentistry: How the Digital Workflow Changes Our Daily Lives
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The lecture will go through a new way of digital planning. Based upon the planning, there are different treatment options. How predictable are the different protocols? What are the positives and negatives of the digital planning, based on our clinical experience? Can we trust 100% the contemporary digital imaging systems, optical scanners? How predictable is the digital approach to restore teeth and implants and where are the limits? Can we treat worn dentition with aligners and what is role of the orthodontic treatment on complex esthetic rehabilitation? The lecture will answer some of these questions and show how the digital tools changed our thinking in the recent years. A full digital protocol will be presented with a new biological concept for creating and keeping a stable emergence profile. The thin soft tissues lead to increased marginal bone loss compared to thick soft tissues. A new perio-prosthetic way of increasing the biotype will be introduced to increase the soft tissue level around teeth and implants. A new multidisciplinary approach will be presented on treating complex functional and esthetic compromised patients

Dr. Dimitar Filtchev

Dr. Dimitar FILTCHEV

Dr. Dimitar Filtchev obtained his degree in dental medicine from the Faculty of Dental Medicine in Sofia in 1998 and is now a full-time Professor at the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry at FDM-Sofia. In 2000, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry. In 2013, he presented his thesis and received his PhD degree. From 2007-2015, Dr. Filtchev served as President of the Sofia Dental Meeting Association, and was the cofounder of the Implant Dental Center at the Medical University in Sofia.

Specialization in Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry in Munster, Germany. Participated at trainings in Prosthodontics with N. Bichacho, M. Fradeani, in Implantology – H. Salama, in Perio – A. Saadoun, M.Hurzeller. In 2020, Dr. Filtchev graduated from the Soft Tissue Managements around Teeth and Implants Masters at the University of Bologna, directed by Prof. G. Zuchelli. Dr. Filtchev was then elected in the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry in 2022. Honorary Member of Style Italiano Group, the Bulgarian Society of Esthetic Dentistry, Bulgarian Scientific Dental Association, Affiliate of the EAED, and Instructor at the ZimVie Institute in Switzerland. Since 1998, Dr. Filtchev has been running a successful practice in Sofia, focused on Implantology, Esthetics, Digital Dentistry and Orthodontics. Dr. Filtchev has more than 80 publications in scientific journals, many scientific presentations, and numerous participations as a keynote speaker at national and international congresses.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024. Septodont Auditorium

Current Clinical and Technical Protocols for Predictable Implant Esthetic Dentistry
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The goal to create a harmonious “esthetic” outcome around dental  implants and teeth that mimics the surrounding dentition and soft-tissue  condition as well as morphology is indeed difficult to create and maintain long term. In this presentation a comprehensive approach to optimize functional and esthetic results with immediate and delayed implant placement will be discussed by blending surgical, technical, and restorative steps into one successful protocol will be presented thoroughly. Immediate surgical and restorative protocols facilitate superior esthetic and functional success. However, strict guidelines for atraumatic intervention, implant primary stability, bone packing, connective tissue graft and preservation of existing anatomic structures must be carefully followed. Digital planning plays a fundamental role to achieve such a desired result. On the other hand, the subepithelial connective tissue graft (CTG) is a favored option to treat and prevent gingival and peri-implant soft-tissue recessions. It is usually placed in combination with a coronally advanced flap or with an envelope flap or pouch. This lecture will focus on the difference on protocols when it comes to surgical and prosthetic criteria to treat anterior implants using as a volume maintainer only soft tissue grafting procedures. Techniques and tools will be discussed in order to reach such results around anterior implant treatments.

Learning Objectives:

In this one-day lecture, plenty of video life surgeries will be demonstrated to explain basic principles but also tips and tricks on how two achieve optimal pleasing esthetics in immediate, delayed implant treatment protocols and most important how to fix anterior failures on implants and teeth. The session will be very interactive and the participants can discuss directly with the expert.

Dr. Inaki Gamborena


Graduated in Dentistry at the University Odontológica Dominicana, UOD 1989. Certificate in Occlusion and Temporo-Mandibular Disorders at the Mexican Association of Occlusal  Reconstruction in México City, 1989-90. Certificate in Restorative Dentistry at the Autonoma of Nuevo León University in Monterey, México, 1990-92. Certificate in Prosthodontics & Master of Science in Dentistry. University of Washington-Seattle (USA), 1993-96 was awarded with the Bolender Contest Award for clinical and academic excellence Certificate in Oral & Craneofacial Implant Fellowship Program. University of Texas, Houston (USA), 1996-9, Affiliate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Washington Dental School, Seattle  (Washington) since 2001 Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) since 2007 Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics, Medical College of  Georgia, Augusta (Georgia) since 2009. Active Member of the European Academy of Esthetics Dentistry, since 2002. Member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, since 2011, Founding member of “the Ponti Group”, Chicago 2012 Author of the book “EVOLUTION : Contemporary Protocols for Anterior Single Tooth Implants” I. Gamborena/ M. B. Blatz by Quintessence Publishing Co Inc, 2014. Inventor of the “slim temporary abutment concept: maximizing space for soft tissue growth” Nobelbiocare, November 2014. Maintains private practice in San Sebastian, Spain, dedicated to Aesthetics, Restorative Dentistry and Implants.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024. Septodont Auditorium

It’s All About Light in Dentistry
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This comprehensive full-day lecture, “It’s All About Light in Dentistry,” provides an immersive journey into the role and evolution of light in the various aspects of dental practice. Beginning with a focus on the emergence of mirrorless cameras and the ubiquitous presence of social media, we delve into the compelling need for standardization in dental photography. We critically examine the challenges and opportunities associated with this shift in technology and discuss strategies for ensuring consistent, high- quality imagery that accurately represents clinical scenarios and outcomes.

We then transition into a comparative discussion of analog versus digital shade-taking techniques, celebrating milestones with the 25th anniversary of Vita 3D master and the 20th anniversary of Vita EasyShade. The session will review the advancements in these systems, the impact on the shade-matching process, and a look at the current state-of-the-art.

The third part of the lecture will illuminate the use of light in dental diagnostics. Moving from the traditional technique of transillumination to the advanced practice of cross-polarized photography, we highlight the transformative role of lighting techniques in enhancing diagnostic accuracy and improving patient outcomes.

Finally, we’ll explore the pivotal role of light transmission in the use and effectiveness of dental materials. Emphasizing the importance of esthetic results, we’ll discuss how understanding and leveraging light’s interaction with dental materials can drastically enhance treatment results and patient satisfaction.

Throughout this lecture, attendees will not only gain a deeper understanding of the multifaceted role of light in dentistry but also acquire practical knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied to their practice. Join us for an enlightening day where we uncover the essence of light in shaping the future of dentistry.

Dr. Alessandro Devigus

Dr. Alessandro DEVIGUS

Dr. Alessandro Devigus was born in Italy and graduated from Dental School Zurich (Switzerland) in 1987. Dr. Devigus has operated his own private practice since 1990, and is a CEREC instructor at the Zurich Dental School. Dr. Devigus teaches various international courses and lectures on CAD/CAM, digital technologies. Dr. Devigus held the title of Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry (Quintessence) from 2005-2021, is the founder of DentalTV (https://dentaltv.app) and was an EAED active member from 2004-2022, ITI fellow and speaker since 2005.

Thursday, March 14, 2024. Septodont Auditorium

Cone Beam Ct Technology: A Must-Have Diagnostic Imaging Modality for Any Modern Dental Practice
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Artistic and Scientific Principles applied to Diagnosis and Treatment Plans in Esthetics. Gummy Smile Management and Minimally Invasive Techniques in Esthetic Dentistry with Contemporary Technology and Biomaterials
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Esthetic dentistry is not only a science but an art. This axiom implies that there are principles which sustain your practice. These artistic and scientific principles should be known, understood, and applied to be able to diagnose the esthetic problems and plan the appropriate treatment, in order to have predictable and successful results. This lecture will also discuss how contemporary dentists can offer minimally invasive treatments which allow us to modify the shape of the hard and soft tissues. The combination of surgical lip repositioning with periodontal plastic surgery yields highly effective results in the treatment of gummy smiles. The combined technique can be considered as an alternative option to more invasive procedures.

In the case of hard tissues, the development of new materials has allowed us to modify the shape of the teeth with minimal preparations and without any preparations at all to the teeth that will be receiving the veneers. These developments oblige us to be much more conservative with the healthy dental tissues. After this presentation, the attendee should be able to understand and apply the following concepts and techniques associated with esthetic dentistry:

  1. Artistic and scientific principles applied to diagnosis and treatment plan in the daily practice of esthetic dentistry.
  2. Etiologies and management of excessive gingival display.
  3. Deeper understanding of minimally invasive techniques with the variety of materials available in contemporary esthetic dentistry.
Dr. Kenneth Valladares


Dr. Kenneth Valladares graduated from Central University School of Dentistry (Ecuador) and is certified in Prosthodontics from INCAFOE (Ecuador) and in Cosmetic Dentistry from New York University. In 1995 he founded KEVA Dental Center which is now the most renowned dental office in Ecuador. He is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental XP. Dr. Valladares has given lectures on Gummy Smile Management at the American Dental Association, New York Esthetic Society, Dental XP, and New York University School of Dentistry. Dr. Valladares has recently opened an Esthetic Dentistry training center in Quito, Ecuador. Dr. Valladares has published articles on an innovation to the conventional technique of Crown Lengthening. He has developed techniques and procedures of surgical lip repositioning to manage gummy smiles, which will be published in 2017.


  • Face to face event
  • Language: English (with simultaneous translation into Spanish)
  • Contact: info@bedentalexpert.com


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