AACD holds 28th Annual Scientific Session in Washington

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AACD holds 28th Annual Scientific Session in Washington

Composer Eric Whitacre during the General Session at AACD. Whitacre completed his first concert work at the age of 21. His Virtual Choir 2.0 Sleep, released last April, includes more than 2,000 voices from 58 countries. (DTI/Photo AACD)
Robin Goodman, DTA

Robin Goodman, DTA

Wed. 9 May 2012


WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Good things come in small packages, right? Well, it might not have been the biggest exhibit hall of the year, but the AACD did pack a punch with some 141 exhibitors gathered in D.C. for its 28th Annual Scientific Session. The hall had a variety of companies running the gamut of products and services, so attendees were sure to find exactly what they needed.

There were also plenty of educational opportunities. Lectures ranged from topics such as cosmetic dentistry principles (Drs. Cranham, Dawson and Finlay), implants (Drs. Coachman and Van Dooren), minimally invasive dentistry (Dr. Milicich), business staff communication (Dr. Homoly) and hygiene (Stephanie Lodding, RDH).

Friday’s keynote speaker and composer, Eric Whitacre, was brought in to encourage AACD members to pursue their own passions. Whitacre completed his first concert work, “Go, Lovely, Rose,” at the age of 21. He studied at the Juilliard School (New York), earned his master of music degree and studied with Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano.

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Whitacre is probably best known for “Virtual Choir 2.0 Sleep,” released last April, a musical piece that uses more than 2,000 voices from 58 countries. His accomplishments demonstrate how thinking outside the norm can produce amazing results. Whitacre aimed to inspire attendees through music.

The hands-on workshops got down to business with overdenture implants (Dr. Leopardi), composites (Drs. Jackson and Weston) and diastema closure (Dr. Peck).

On Friday morning, Dr. Milnar stopped to answer an attendee’s question as they passed each other in the breakfast area. Also spotted was Dr. Misch, passing through a hall on the way to his lecture room.

If you looked and listened, you could hear old friends catching up with one another, such as Dr. Zase and Dr. Berland.

Berland’s hands-on workshop, “Thin is in: The No Fear Veneer to Create Predictable, Simple, Artistic, Exquisite and Naturally Beautiful Smiles,” had 15 or so people sitting or standing at the back, as participation attendance was limited to 50 persons.

Other lecture topics included edentulous patients (Dr. Priest), treatment planning (Drs. Goldstein and Brady), sleep apnea (Dr. Smith), orthodontics (Dr. Cortes) and removable prosthetics (Dr. Nosti).

There were also educational opportunities available on the exhibit hall floor.


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