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Continuing Education

Hands-on Workshops Leading to Clinical Excellence in Responsible Esthetics and a Predictable Path to AACD Accreditation

In the AACD Con•tin•u•um, you’ll learn from top Academy educators on topics that have a direct influence on your AACD Accreditation goal or on enhancing your clinical performance so that you can offer your patients better and more predictable results. In partnership with some of the industry’s leading manufacturers, the AACD Con•tin•u•um will give attendees a chance to explore new materials and methodologies.

Take all Con•tin•u•um sessions and you’ll be rewarded with new skills, techniques, and confidence that you can take to the bank—along with 16 CEs per Con•tin•u•um course. Or, choose your courses a la carte. Either way, you’ll want to hurry! Because of the intensive hands-on workshop environment and the low student:instructor ratio, space at each AACD Con•tin•u•um session is extremely limited.




Education Topic

Sponsoring Organization



CE Credits
Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2019 Michael R. Sesemann,
Anterior Esthetics Workshop
Case Types I & II
Ivoclar Sarasota, FL 14 16
June 28-29, 2019 Brian P. LeSage,
Contour, Color and Creativity in Direct Composite Restorations
Artistic Principles Necessary for Case Types IV & V
Cosmedent Chicago, IL 15 16
Sept 20, 2019 Adamo Notarantonio, DDS, FAACD Fundamentals of Dental Photography: A Focus on Accreditation MicroDental Laboratories Livermore, CA 16 8
Oct 24 - 25, 2019 Elizabeth M. Bakeman,
Seamlessly Replacing a Missing Tooth in the Esthetic Zone Case Type III Ivoclar Amherst, NY 14 16

Case Types I & II: Anterior Esthetics Workshop with Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, FAACD

Anterior Esthetics Workshop - Case Types I & II

with Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, FAACD

Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2019
Times: 8am - 5pm
International Center for Dental Education Sarasota
7307 Merchant Court
Sarasota, Florida 34240
CE Credits:

AGD Code:
253, 780

Now until November 30, 2018 at 5pm CT - $2,995
5pm CT November 30, 2018 until 5pm CT December 29, 2018 - $3,145
5 pm CT December 29, 2018 until the event - $3,245

Patients present to the 21st century dental practice with specific ideas and high expectations of how esthetic dental treatment can help them in their lives. These expectations must be met with expertise that takes esthetic dental diagnosis and treatment to its highest level. 

This lecture will present a vast array of functional esthetic techniques that help a dental practitioner implement proven systems for predictable success when designing and completing the indirect restorative esthetic case. The systems covered in detail will assist the dental practitioner, whether they are restoring one tooth to match an otherwise healthy dentition, performing a smile renovation, or needing to perform a comprehensive oral rehabilitation.


  • Attendees will learn how to diagnose, design, treatment plan, prepare and deliver indirect restorations of the highest order
  • Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on exercises, attendees will leave with the confidence, knowledge and skill to implement systems immediately upon return to their offices
  • Utilization of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Accreditation exam criteria will help attendees knowledgeably critique and improve the dentistry they are providing at their office, and help them pursue AACD Accreditation in the future, if so desired

Your Educator: Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, FAACD

After becoming an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 1999, he became the 35th Fellow of the Academy in 2004. He currently serves as an examiner for the Accreditation and Fellowship processes and was elected to be the Academy’s 23rd President serving the organization in 2009-2010. While maintaining a full-time practice in Omaha, Dr. Sesemann lectures internationally and has published several manuscripts on the techniques necessary for successful completion of a comprehensive restorative case. He enjoys being an Adjunct Faculty and a member of the Advisory Board for the Kois Center. He is also a faculty member of the Beverly Hills Institute of Dental Esthetics and served at the Dawson Center in a similar capacity.

Hotels: There are a number of hotels in the area.

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Contour, Color and Creativity in Direct Composite Restorations-
Artistic Principles Necessary for Case Types IV & V

with Brian P. LeSage, DDS, FAACD

June 28-29, 2019
Times: 8am - 5pm
401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2500
Chicago, IL
CE Credits:

AGD Code:

Now until TBD at 5pm CT - $3,295
5pm CT TBD until 5pm CT TBD - $3,445
5 pm CT TBD until the event - $3,545


Explore the artistic world of composite bonding as seen at the level of Accreditation in the AACD. Start your experience in the two-dimensional world and then take it to the 3-D world of contour, color, and creativity. Spend two days learning to see teeth differently and at a unique depth of detail taught by few. Through the use of 10 exercises, each participant will build on skills of seeing, understanding, and implementation. No matter your skill level, this course promises to evolve your level of composite artistry.

Learn how to attain unparalleled composite results using Dr. LeSage’s 3-D Characterized Layering Technique as described in a 19-page chapter in the Dental Clinics of North America 2007. This technique, when done following along with Dr. LeSage on a highly specialized typodont, will assure each participant can attain highly esthetic outcomes. Prove to yourself you have the skills to fabricate restorations that rival even the most skilled master ceramists.


Principles to understand in contour and color to achieve composite artistry
Apply the steps necessary to build in polychromicity, translucency, and maverick coloring
Learn finishing and polishing techniques to attain the appropriate luster and a seamless composite restoration

"The course was phenomenal! Really, one of the best I have taken in years. I loved the technique and cannot wait to use the correct polishing brush! I have been doing more composites and the course gave me both renewed confidence and improved results!"

- Mary Viechnicki, DMD of Allentown, PA | AACD Member Since 1999 

Your Educator: Brian P. LeSage DDS, FAACD

Private Practice:  Beverly Hills, CA
Founder and Director:  UCLA Aesthetic Continuum
Accredited and Accredited Fellow:  American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Fellowship Chair 2004 - 2013:  American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Fellow Member:  American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
Founder and Director:  Beverly Hills Institute of Dental Esthetics
Pre Clinical Director of CAD/CAM:  UCLA School of Dentistry


The ADA works with about 7 hotels all within walking distance from Cosmedent. Participants interested in booking the ADA rate (approximately 50% off) should use this link to book. Participants booking their hotel through the ADA are required to provide their license number.
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Case Type III: Replacing a Missing Tooth in the Esthetic Zone with Elizabeth M. Bakeman, DDS, FAACD
Seamlessly Replacing a Missing Tooth in the Esthetic Zone -
Case Type III

with Elizabeth M. Bakeman, DDS, FAACD

Oct 24 - 25, 2019
Times: 8am - 5pm
 Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.
 175 Pineview Drive
 Amherst, New York 14228
CE Credits:

AGD Code:

Now until August 23, 2019 at 5pm CT – $2995
5pm CT August 23 until 5pm CT September 24, 2019 - $3145
5pm CT September 24 until the event - $3,245


Restorative dentists typically feel more comfortable with the prosthetic elements of tooth replacement but remain hesitant to manipulate the tissue elements.  In order to achieve optimized results when replacing missing teeth with a fixed bridge or implant supported crown, soft tissue alteration via surgery or scaffolding is often necessary.  By learning to manage the periodontal/restorative interface, dentists and technicians can predictably move the dentistry they provide from acceptable to exceptional.  This course will forever change the way you approach replacing missing teeth, increase predictability and lower stress.  


  • Understand the importance of properly evaluating and managing tissue architecture when replacing a missing tooth in the esthetic zone.
  • Learn why achieving ideal results is closely dependent on case selection.
  • Learn the pros and cons of tooth replacement with an implant versus a bridge.
  • Understand when and how to manage symmetry with restorative enhancement.

Patients continue to place strong emphasis on esthetics when evaluating outcomes, even when faced with the challenging task of replacing a missing tooth in the esthetic zone.   This course will help you meet and exceed your patients’ demands for optimal results.  

Your Educator: Elizabeth Bakeman, DDS, FAACD

Dr. Bakeman is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).  Dr. Bakeman serves as an examiner for both the Accreditation and the Fellowship examinations administered by the AACD. She served as Chairman of Accreditation for the AACD and Chairman of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry.  She is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington.  She has served as Section Editor for Compendium and the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry and presently serves on several editorial boards.  She maintains a full-time private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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