Dr. Galip Gurel, Turkey

Dr. Galip Gurel, Turkey

Dr. Galip Gurel graduated from the University of Istanbul, Dental School in 1981. He continued his education at the University of Kentucky, Department of Prosthodontics. Received his MSc degree from Yeditepe University in, Istanbul.

Dr. Gurel is the founder and the honorary president of EDAD (Turkish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry).

He was the President of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED) for 2011 & 2012.

He received “The Smigel” award in October 2014 which is granted biennially by New York University College of Dentistry to honor the best esthetic dentists in the world for the social contribution they create, their support for the improvement of esthetic dentistry ,their vision and determination and their ability to present innovative ideas around dentistry globally and the education they provide to the dental health professionals about advanced esthetics, technology and the new techniques in general dentistry.

He is also a member of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics (ASDA) and American Academy of Restorative Dentistry (AARD) and the honorary diplomate of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD) .

He is also the editor-in-chief of the Quintessence Magazine in Turkey and on the editorial board of the AACD journal, PPAD (Practical Procedure & Aesthetic Dentistry), EJED (European Journal of Esthetic Dentistry).

He has been lecturing on dental aesthetics all over the world and giving post graduate lectures on aesthetics dentistry. He is a visiting professor at the New York University (USA) , Marseille Dental University (France) and Istanbul Yeditepe University (Turkey). He is the author of “The Science and Art of Porcelain Laminate Veneers” published by Quintessence publications in 2003 translated into 12 different languages.

He has been practicing in his own clinic in Istanbul, specializing in Aesthetic Dentistry, since 1984. A renown sportsman, Dr. Gurel has been the Captain of the Turkish National Team of Water Polo for 110 times, a World Champion of the Camel Trophy and a participant of the Paris-Dakar Rally.

The State of the Art in Aesthetic Dentistry: Visagismile, Part 1 & Part 2

Aesthetics had become one of the most important outcomes of our daily treatments. Regardless of the complexity of the cases the patients are seeking for the better looking smiles.. However the massive and sometimes inadequate use of the term aesthetics, especially when it is limited to techniques and materials, misleads professionals who seek to provide or give back to their patients the so desired beauty. In our opinion beauty stands out as the highest goal of Aesthetic Dentistry however its achievement proves complex.

While some of the final esthetic results are creating the “wow” effect, some may fail to meet the patient’s expectations due to disharmony between the smile design and the patient’s personality. The patient may feel that the restored teeth do not really “belong” to him or her. Without the proper knowledge, the origin of this disharmony can be difficult to identify. Most of all the smiles are being designed intuitively by the dentist or the ceramist.

The aim of this lecture is to present a novel concept which involves the creation of a customized personal image expressing a person's sense of identity which is based on the “visagism” concept that helps dental clinicians provide restorations that account not only for esthetics, but also for the psychosocial features of the created image, which affect patients’ emotions, sense of identity, behavior, and self-esteem.

In the clinical application of this novel concept, we make use of a combination of the facial outlines, the proportions of some basic areas of the face, and the patient’s major character reflections.

The art of creating a personalised smile design can be achieved either manually or digitally by using the current concepts explained above which will be covered with all details during this full day lecture.

Venue Information

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