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Permanent link  Non extreme smile makeovers: Our interview with Midwinter speaker Dr. Harald Heymann

01/09/2010


Dr. Harald Heymann, Professor and Director of Graduate Operative Dentistry at University of North Carolina's School of Dentistry, is an outdoorsman who is passionate about using the most conservative possible methods when performing esthetic dentistry. He will be presenting the course "Non-extreme Esthetic Makeovers Possible," as well as "Adhesive and Restorative Dentistry: Fact and Fiction," at the Midwinter Meeting.

Q: What drew you to the topic of non-extreme esthetic makeovers, and why are you teaching this course?

Dr. Harald Heymann: I think that there's a lot of overtreatment. I try to stress doing as little as possible and yet achieve the goal of improved esthetics. It is important to combine the most conservative methods possible to achieve the desired results.

Q: What will this course look like?

HH: It's a lecture course, and I'll be addressing various whitening methods, from whitening toothpastes to over-the-counter products to in-office products. I'll spend a fair amount of time on how to place etched porcelain veneers. I'll focus on long-term success-the bonds to enamel are so superior to those to dentin. What I present will not be based on anecdote, opinion, and hype, but on good, evidence-based information.

Q: Which procedures are you most discouraging?

HH: Over-treatment and over-preparation of teeth.

Q: What do you think is the dentist's role in guiding a patient when making these decisions?

HH: The dentist should inform the patient of the most conservative options possible. For instance, simple tooth whitening or orthodontia instead of something more extreme. It is the dentist's responsibility to provide the various options and then guide the patient to the most conservative option that will achieve the desired effect.

Q: How many times have you been to the Midwinter Meeting?

HH: Oh gosh, a bunch! I've been teaching now for 32 years, so I've been coming to the meeting in various capacities for a long time. In fact, I believe this is one of the best in the country, no question.

Q: What's your advice for visiting Chicago in February?

HH: Dress warmly! And keep an eye on the weather. I've had overnight trips to the Meeting turn into three- and four-day trips due to unanticipated snow.  So I'd also have to say, be flexible!

Q: Do you have any tips or tricks for navigating the meeting?

HH: I understand they're now going to be concentrating the meeting on the west side of McCormick, and that should really help as far as finding courses, etc.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

HH: Well, I live for the outdoors - skiing, fly fishing, hiking, outdoor photography. I really enjoy just about anything that gets me outside.

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