Thought Leaders in Dentistry

Smile design sins: How not to kill your reputation with veneers
July 31, 2020 -- Whether it's porcelain veneers or composite bonding, anterior restorative treatment will make your reputation -- or destroy it, writes Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for In this installment of his seven deadly sins of smile design series, Dr. Rice focuses on the veneers and the importance of tissue.  Discuss
7 tips to help you avoid bad hires
July 30, 2020 -- Few people enjoy the hiring process in the dental practice, which is one reason why dentists seem to move through it at lightning speed. Sally McKenzie offers some advice on how to find the right candidate, rather than simply looking to fill the position quickly.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for becoming a leader
July 27, 2020 -- Some leaders are born, but most are made. So there's no excuse not to become an excellent one for your practice. The traits that make a great leader (e.g., confidence, patience, positive attitude, and vision) can all be developed and perfected over time, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
The importance of midline in smile design
July 24, 2020 -- Is what dentists know about the midline really what they should be practicing every day? As he continues with the seven deadly sins of smile design, Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for, dives into the midline and his thoughts on it in relation to smile design.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for entering recovery
July 20, 2020 -- Regarding the recovery phase, you should be in a mode of preparation. When the crisis is over and the U.S. can get back to its normal daily activities, your practice must be ready for action, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
How to create a positive culture during and after COVID-19
July 17, 2020 -- Dr. James Anderson believes that creating a positive practice culture will attract and keep patients who share your values and feel safe in your care, during and after the pandemic. In this article, he also explains why your team members will feel less anxious and more confident when they see that the practice culture supports their needs and concerns during a difficult time.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for getting through COVID-19
July 13, 2020 -- Practices must look to advisers to help them through the recovery. Reopening and starting with a business-as-usual attitude will not work. Practices need to know how to effectively navigate weekly measurements, payment prioritization, expense negotiation, and a host of other factors, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Tooth position and the 2nd deadly sin of smile design
July 10, 2020 -- The smile line, incisal edge position, and midline are key components of smile design. If not considered correctly, they can comprise another deadly sin of smile design. Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for, discusses this important trinity and why learning beyond dental school is critical for every dentist.  Discuss
Ask the Dentrix Expert: Creating consistency with treatment plan estimates
July 9, 2020 -- What do dentists and dental team members need to know to make sure treatment plan estimates are consistent throughout the practice? Dayna Johnson, a certified Dentrix trainer and founder of, offers some ideas and advice.  Discuss
3 ways to improve practice revenue in the COVID-19 recovery
July 8, 2020 -- COVID-19 has created a scenario in which every dental practice is facing a business turnaround, and one of the most important factors in any business turnaround is generating revenue. Dr. Roger P. Levin offers his advice to accomplish that goal for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.  Discuss