November Meeting 
Thursday November 12th 2020

Presented Via Zoom

Mona Lisa or Julia Roberts: Smile Analysis for Ideal Esthetics in Dental Practice Dr. Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS

To register for this meeting please e-mail us your Full Name, and e-mail address to amt.nyad@gmail.com .

We will e-mail you the link in advance of this meeting.

A smile is a universal greeting and translates into all languages! Smiling individuals are judged as more pleasant and trustworthy and the act of smiling actually released endorphins that improve the mood of the person who smiles! Psychologists and scientists agree that the simple act of a smile can positively transform a person’s life, as well as the lives of others. Hence, the smile can be considered a critical component to one’s overall happiness and is fundamental to perceived beauty. As dentists, we are trained to create, maintain, and protect the ideal smile, but what should our goals be in achieving that “gold standard” of beauty?

The essential components of an ideal smile involve the relationship between three primary components: the teeth, the lip framework, and the gingival scaffold. While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, factors that allow assessment of overall smile esthetics include tooth width/height ratio, shape, position, quality of restoration, and general arrangement of the dentition, especially of the anterior teeth, upper lip position, buccal corridor, visibility of teeth, and amount of gingival display. These factors are considered in concert and usually judged esthetically as a group, in terms harmony. It is considered that in the composition of a beautiful smile, the form, balance, symmetry, and relationship of these elements make it attractive or unattractive. This course seeks to present the current data regarding ideal smile components and the differences regarding ideal smile components based upon age, gender, and race/ethnicity to allow dentists to create a personalized road map and help their patients achieve a vibrant smile.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• List the components of a smile and discuss their role in optimal smile esthetics
• Discuss the step-by-step approach to evaluating a patient’s smile, including assessing tooth shape/shade, gingival display, and lip length/mobility
• Understand the role of patient-based characteristics on acceptable esthetics and ideal smile components
• Discuss personalized treatment options to achieve ideal smile esthetics based upon underlying diagnoses in each patient


Dr. Maria L. Geisinger is a Professor and Director of Advanced Education in Periodontology in the Department of Periodontology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. Dr. Geisinger received her BS in Biology from Duke University, her DDS from Columbia University School of Dental Medicine, and her MS and Certificate in Periodontology and Implantology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Geisinger is a Diplomate in the American Board of Periodontology. She
has served as the President of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation and on multiple national and regional organized dentistry committees. She currently serves as Chair of the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs and is a member of the AAP’s Board of Trustees. She has authored over 45 peer-reviewed publications and her research interests include periodontal and systemic disease interaction, implant dentistry in the periodontally compromised dentition, and novel treatment strategies for oral soft and hard tissue regeneration. She lectures nationally and internationally on topics in periodontology and oral healthcare.

To register for this meeting please e-mail us your Full Name, and e-mail address to amt.nyad@gmail.com .

We will e-mail you the link in advance of this meeting.


New York Academy of Dentistry

426 Hudson Street

Hackensack, NJ 07601


Tel: 201-440-4498


  • Black Twitter Icon
  • Black Flickr Icon

© 2019 NYAOD