Value First! Controlling the Light At First Contact

Skip Carpenter, CDT
Saturday 8:00a – 9:45a
1.5 hours Scientific credit with appreciation to ECDL

Believe it or not, with today’s restorations being more all-ceramic than ever before, it has never been more important to understand and comprehend the principles of reflection, refraction, and diffusion. Though the most prevelant structures, lithium disilicate, and zirconia oxide have various degrees of color and translucency, mastery of both correct color and value can often seem hard to achieve simultaneously. Repeat after me, “Color is color and Value is value.”

Skip uses the most common effects found in natural teeth, (cracks, halos, and mamelons) in a way that will filter, reflect, and ultimately control, light, color, and value. Regardless of the core material, Mr. Carpenter’s Value First! approach in achieving lifelike restorations is not to be missed. Learning objectives include understanding the source of color and value; dispelling the myths of translucency; using common effect to assist in controlling light; and how to create both Bright and Believable restoration.

Skip Carpenter, CDT was born in Bremerhaven Germany in 1965. Soon after his birth, his family traveled to the Unites States where Mr. Carpenter grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1987, he graduated from dental technology and eagerly entered his field of study. Intrigued by the beauty and artistry, Mr. Carpenter sought out and learned from any master willing to impart knowledge. In 1998, he was invited to join Oral Design International, an honor he humbly accepted.

Today, Mr. Carpenter owns and operates Esthetic Design Dental Laboratory and lectures in the US and Europe to technicians and dentists on techniques to create lifelike smile through passion, vision, and teamwork.