Trial Smiles: They Can Change Your Practice!

Dr. Susan Hollar is a visiting faculty member at The L. D. Pankey Institute. A 1975 graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry Dental Hygiene School, Dr. Hollar went on to earn her dental degree in 1980 from the Baylor College of Dentistry. She has since maintained a private practice in Arlington, Texas, limiting her services to advanced restorative and cosmetic procedures.


Dr. Hollar is an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry where she serves on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (AAED), the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD), and numerous other professional organizations. She has completed continuing education courses from world-renowned institutes, including The Peter Dawson Institute, The L. D. Pankey Institute, The John Kois Center, The Eubank Teaching Institute, and The Seattle Institute. Dr. Hollar lectures both nationally and internationally on the latest advances in restorative and cosmetic techniques.

Trial Smiles: They Can Change Your Practice!
Have you ever wanted to help your patients visualize the impact of a more attractive smile? The trial smile experience helps patients to understand the importance of smile design principles as they see and feel their new smile and how it enhances their appearance. The trial smile approach helps eliminate the fear of the unknown, increasing the patient’s trust in the clinician and building value for the patient.

The trial smile experience has proven to result in a higher case acceptance of esthetic procedures and an increased accuracy of the esthetically driven aspects of diagnostic wax-ups. The process also enables the clinician to complete the case with less chair time overall. This presentation will discuss the steps and philosophy of the trial smile experience, as well as the laboratory steps utilizing the trial smile model.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  1. Communicate esthetic options more clearly with their patients
  2. Increase their patient’s desire for a more attractive smile
  3. Create a diagnostic wax-up that optimizes their patient’s facial esthetics and is occlusally sound

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