Digital Smile Design - Jun 9, 2020

19 must-attend dental events for 2020 and 2021

Christian Coachman 19 must-attend dental events for 2020 and 2021

Despite the travel restrictions and dramatic changes in ‘normal’ schedules that 2020 has already experienced, dental continuing education remains fundamental for not just clinical, but personal development. Whether streamed through a laptop or attended in person, attending a range of dental events each year enables you to remain at the top of your profession through: 

  • Networking with and learning from like-minded professionals
  • Harnessing the expertise of industry leaders to develop your own clinical skills and practice
  • Familiarizing yourself with innovative techniques to deliver high-quality comprehensive care 

If you find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which dental events and courses will deliver the best learning and networking opportunities, the list below will provide you with inspiration. Christian Coachman has compiled his list of the top congresses you won’t want to miss in the categories of interdisciplinary esthetics, digital dentistry, business and networking, and more.

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Read on for an overview of what to expect and get them scheduled in now👇👇

Dental events for business / networking

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Align Growth Summit

The annual three-day Align Growth Summit is a unique opportunity for dentists and industry leaders to network and socialize, explore emerging trends and the future of dentistry and hear from world-class speakers.

You can find out everything that happened at the 2019 Align Growth Summit here. 

This year, the 2020 educational summit will offer a range of clinical lectures from Align’s keynote speakers – including DSD KOL Dr Karla Soto, who will be talking about the DSD and Invisalign Lite Dentistry solution – as well as inspiring talks from Christian Coachman and other leading experts on marketing, business growth, personal development and innovation in dentistry.

And to meet the unique challenges we have all faced in 2020, this year’s Summit is going online for the first time ever – making this popular global event even more accessible to Invisalign® providers, non-providers, labs, technicians and students.

The next Align Growth Summit will take place online on 19-20 June, 2020.

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Greater New York Dental Meeting

One of the world’s largest dental conferences, the Greater New York Dental Meeting brings together attendees from all over the world for networking, relationship building and a varied continuing education program of seminars, workshops, essays and live patient demonstrations. 

Last year, on 2 December 2019, we introduced the DSD and Align Technology Lite Dentistry solution at the annual GNYDM.

The next Greater New York Dental Meeting will take place in New York on 27 November - 2 December, 2020.

Chicago Midwinter Meeting 

The annual Chicago Midwinter meeting unites industry leaders to provide attendees with an extensive continuing education program of over 250 workshops, lectures and live patient demonstrations. 

In the Exhibit Hall, there’s also the chance to experience the industry’s most innovative new products and services while the entire event offers ample opportunity to build relationships with professionals from all over the world.

The next Chicago Midwinter meeting will take place in Chicago on 25-27 February, 2021.


Contemplate the future of your dental clinic at IDS, the definitive global dental trade show that gives you an up-close look at the industry’s newest products, services and innovations.

At the IDS, members of the dental community come together once every two years to observe live demonstrations and get hands on with new products, as well as network with professionals from all corners of the globe.

The next IDS will take place in Cologne on 9-13 March, 2021.

Dental events for interdisciplinary esthetics

Sociedade Brasileira de Odontologia Estética

At the non-profit Sociedade Brasileira de Odontologia Estética’s yearly congresses, international specialists and expert speakers deliver lectures and hands-on workshops, while the event also plays host to one of the sector’s biggest commercial shows for an up-close look at the newest products. 

When accompanied by its networking opportunities and social events – not to mention the incredible location – this event becomes a fun and one-of-a-kind experience.

The next SBOE annual congress will take place in Porto de Galinhas on 18-21 November, 2020.

American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry

The American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry’s annual conference is one of the biggest events in the dental community calendar, bringing together its elite, invitation-only professional members for development and professional growth.

Over the course of a few days, members attend educational sessions by international leaders in the field as well as socialize, network and connect at complementary receptions and events.

The next American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Annual Meeting & Interdisciplinary Summit will take place in California on 5-7 August, 2021.

European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry

Since 1986, the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry has pursued excellence in dental esthetics with a commitment to high ethical standards and esthetic principles. Its members hail from all over Europe and are known internationally in the field for their outstanding skill.

At its annual congresses, participants come together to learn and network, and in 2021, they will be hosting their first Academy Meeting on digital dentistry, with a program of lectures and live demonstrations. 

The EAED Academy Meeting will take place in Salzburg-Fuschl in Austria on 27 - 29 May, 2021.


Clínica, the International Journal of Brazilian Dentistry, hosts the international CongressoClínica where attendees can participate in practical clinical courses and attend a diverse lecture program by dental leaders from around the world. 

There is also the commercial exhibition where you can experiment with some of the industry’s latest technologies and products. 

The next CongressoClínica will take place in Santa Catarina, Brazil on 27-30 April, 2022.

Dental events for periodontics / restorative dentistry

Quintessence International Symposium on Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry

The International Symposium on Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry is a major interdisciplinary dental event at which participants spend four days exploring a comprehensive program on the present and future of implant dentistry, periodontics and restorative dentistry – and the way they intersect. 

Parallel schedules allow attendees to switch between disciplines and benefit from the presentations of most value to them.

The next Quintessence International Symposium on Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry will take place in Boston on: Date TBC Find out more

Dental events for ceramics / lab

Quintessence International Symposium On Ceramics

The Quintessence International Symposium On Ceramics is a commitment to achieving the ideal outcome in esthetic dentistry through treatment concepts, techniques and technology, uniting some of the world’s leading dentists and technicians at one three-day event. 

Participants benefit from sessions focusing on treatment planning, implementation protocols and how to achieve desired esthetic outcomes.

The next Quintessence International Symposium On Ceramics will take place in San Diego on: 11-13 June, 2021.

Dental events for digital dentistry

Digital Dentistry Society Global Conference

The Digital Dentistry Society Global Conference brings participants from all over the world together to present the newest technologies in digital dentistry with new innovations and clinical validation through lectures, poster presentations and more. 

The next Digital Dentistry Society Global Conference will take place in Fortaleza, Brazil, on 16-19 September, 2020.

Dental events for interdisciplinary / management

Seattle Study Club Annual Symposium

The four-day Seattle Club Annual Symposium unites some of the most prominent lecturers in dentistry, bringing its community together once a year for an all-round educational and personal development experience. 

This unique event combines clinical and non-clinical programming in a diverse series of lectures and case studies complemented by entertainment and competitions. For example, at the 2020 edition, study clubs put their knowledge and skill to the test competing against each other in the ‘World Team Treatment Planning Championships’.

The next Seattle Study Club Annual Symposium will take place in Florida on 3-6 February, 2021

Dental events for science / treatment planning / literature review

Kois Annual Symposium

At the Kois Annual Symposium, Dr John Kois takes an in-depth look at esthetic, implant and restorative dentistry through an examination of up-to-date literature and protocols, while there’s also a talk from a specially selected keynote speaker and alumni presentations.

This year, the challenges of Covid-19 mean that the annual in-person meeting will be substituted with video presentations in which Dr Kois will present the most recent scientific learnings, accompanied by the digital manual.

The next Kois Annual Symposium will take place as a collection of videos in July 2020.

Dental events for implant dentistry / periodontics

European Association for Osseointegration 

The European Association for Osseointegration Annual Meeting is one of the stand-out events in the field, bringing together leading professionals in implant dentistry to debate the most important relevant topics for clinicians. 

At this global congress, attendees have the opportunity to get involved, network with professionals worldwide and stay at the leading edge of innovation at the trade exhibition.

The next European Association for Osseointegration Annual congress will take place online on 5-8 October, 2020.

Academy of Osseointegration

The Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meetings take place across America and unite members and speakers from all over the world for a dynamic program of education and networking.

The organization’s annual meeting has become one of the must-attend events for dental implant specialists and researchers who are dedicated to maintaining exceptional standards of patient care and research.

The next Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meeting will take place in Florida on 11-13 March, 2021.

IN Congress

The Latin American Osseointegration Congress focuses on excellence in implantology in one of Latin America’s biggest implantology meetings. The 2019 edition in São Paulo united participants from 10 countries to hear about innovation, new technologies and the advancement of clinical approaches and treatment options from some of the leading specialists in the field, with over 250 scientific activities. 

There’s also the chance to experience new tools and technologies up close at ExpoIN, the congress’s promotional exhibition. 

The next IN congress will take place in September 2021.

Dental events for conservative dentistry 

Accademia Italiana di Odontoiatria Conservativa e Restaurativa

The Accademia Italiana di Odontoiatria Conservativa e Restaurativa Annual Congress promotes conservative dentistry and the application of up-to-date techniques to treatment plan while respecting the health and preservation of teeth at all times. 

At the annual congress, attendees get a comprehensive understanding of options to save the teeth or replace them when required, exploring endodontics, periodontics and restorative with presentations, clinical cases and ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions.

The next Accademia Italiana di Odontoiatria Conservativa e Restaurativa Annual Congress will take place in Bologna on 22-24 October, 2020.

Dental events for prosthesis rehabilitation

Accademia Italiana di Odontoiatria Protesica

The Accademia Italiana di Odontoiatria Protesica organizes a range of events each year in which professionals can network with and learn from leading national and international specialists and advance their skill and knowledge in the prosthetic field.

The next Accademia Italiana di Odontoiatria Protesica event will take place in Bologna in September, 2020.

Digital Smile Design courses

DSD Residency 1 Live

The last of our must-attend events for 2020 is DSD Residency 1 Live, our brand-new live and interactive dentistry course which offers the best of our flagship Residency 1 course in 15 weekly, easy-to-digest 2-hour sessions that each focus on one core DSD topic. When you sign up, you’ll benefit from:

  • Updated content - new slides, new cases, new technology
  • Weekly Q&A sessions with Christian Coachman
  • Interactive exercises during and after each lesson
  • Easy access to each live episode from your home or office.
  • Each episode on demand to rewatch after the session

DSD Residency 1 Live gives you the tools you deserve to improve the quality of your comprehensive care, showcase your skills, master patient communication and explore modern and efficient treatment options. 

To stay up to date with all our upcoming online and in-person dental events, connect with us on social media: Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channels.


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