ADA holds a reinvented annual meeting, SmileCon

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ADA’s newly redesigned exhibit hall — Dental Central — is designed to be the epicenter of your SmileCon experience, the main hub of activity where community, inspiration and business meet. Pictured above is the ADA exhibit hall at a previous year’s meeting. (Photo: Dental Tribune America file photo)

Mon. 11 October 2021


LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA: The American Dental Association is welcoming dental professionals to SmileCon — a completely re-invented in-person annual meeting, being held Oct 11 to 13 (Monday to Wednesday) at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

For the three-day event, meeting organizers are offering a wide array of electric events, dynamic speakers and hot-off-the-press content.

“Let’s be honest — 2020 was a tsunami of uncertainty, but we rode out those waves and landed on sunnier shores. And now we’re going to an oasis in the desert,” 2021 Meeting Chair Dr. Charles McKelvey wrote in his welcome message to meeting attendees in the preview guide.

“SmileCon will be the incubator of dentistry’s future, with new ideas propelling our industry forward to heights we have never reached,” McKelvey said.

At this year’s ADA, education is being presented with more fun in mind, and there’s a brand-new exhibit hall as well.

But first, some ground rules.

To enter the meeting, all attendees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. All unvaccinated attendees must receive a negative COVID test within 48 hours prior to arrival and check-in at SmileCon to receive their credentials. “At-home” tests will not be accepted. Approved tests include either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

Based on the current requirements by the State of Nevada, both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must wear masks in all indoor public places. Masks will be required during all SmileCon functions regardless of location. Masks may only be removed briefly when actively eating or drinking. Masks will be available for anyone who needs one.

The Opening Session, being held Monday, is a celebration of our dental community. The opening keynote speaker is Michelle Poler, a creative and passionate social entrepreneur whose work has been featured on “The Today Show,” CBS and CNN.

ADA’s newly redesigned exhibit hall — Dental Central — is designed to be the epicenter of your SmileCon experience, the main hub of activity where community, inspiration and business meet. Each day Dental Central provides a different experience. Offerings include C.E. on the floor, unopposed hours in the middle of the day, self-guided learning experiences and the ADA Member Center.

There is also plenty to learn here, and lots to explore. Presenters at SmileCon are offering new perspectives from different facets of dentistry, healthcare and our communities. They are presenting mind-expanding ideas that will transform your outlook on critical matters affecting the world around us.

This year, there are four C.E. themes:

  • Art & Design offers topics such as “The Single Shade Revolution: Everything has Changed in Composite Dentistry” presented by Peter Auster, DMD; “Photography: The Shutter to Great Dentistry,” presented by Richard Young, DDS; and “Immediate Full Arch Implant Rehabilitation—Clinical Instruction and Protocol; Steven J. LoCascio, DDS.
  • Science & Technology includes “Interactive Common Oral Pathology,” presented by Ashley Clark, DDS; “The Anatomy of Local Anesthesia: Human Cadaver Dissection,” presented by Alan W. Budenz, MS, DDS, MBA; and “Occlusion for a Trouble-Free, Durable Operative and Restorative Dentistry,” presented by Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS.
  • The Business of Dentistry includes topics such as “Medical History/Informed Consent — They Better Be Complete and Valid!” presented by Mitchell J. Gardiner, DMD, FAGD, FACD, FICD; “Seasons Change, and So Did I: Successful Practice Transitions —ADAPT,” presented by Mark E. Hyman, DDS, and Suzanne M. Ebert, DMD.
  • Common Good offerings include “Special Care Panel Discussion,” with Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA, MAEd, Karen A. Raposa, RDH, MBA, and Brooke M.O. Fukuoka, DMD, FSCD; “Resolving Conflict in the Dental Office: Interactive Workshop,” presented by Lisa Knowles, DDS; and “In the Mix — Transgender Discussion,” offered by Anne Koch, DMD.

For those who can’t be at the meeting in person, SmileCon Virtual — available at — reveals some of the magic happening in Las Vegas and offers opportunities to earn C.E.

In addition, all ADA FDC 2020 sessions are available on demand from

(Source: ADA)

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