Glidewell Symposium: Highlights from Inside the Esthetics and IOX Events

May 30, 2023
Glidewell Symposium: Highlights from the Esthetics and IOX Events

The Esthetics Symposium faculty included nine clinical experts who shared best practices and real-world knowledge on everything from simplified smile makeovers to complex full-mouth rehabilitation. Shown from left to right: Drs. Justin Chi, Patricia Swanson, Chad Duplantis, Jinny Bender, Steven Barrett, Taylor Manalili, Neil Park, Mary Shields and Paresh Patel.

2022 was an extraordinary year for continuing education on the Glidewell campus. Beginning in June, the Glidewell Clinical Education Center celebrated its grand opening with the sold-out event, “Implants: The Next Level.” (A recap of this symposium was featured in Chairside® magazine Vol. 17, Iss. 2.) Following that kick-off event, two more symposia took place — “Esthetics: Creating Beautiful Smiles” and “IOX: The™ Experience.” Both were held in October and filled to maximum capacity. Attendees earned nine hours of continuing education units for each event. 

The Glidewell Symposium features a unique two-day education format:

The first day includes a general session, with fast-paced main podium presentations from renowned experts in the field. During the lunch break, attendees have an opportunity to tour the Glidewell campus to observe the lab’s unique, high-tech production facilities in action. At the conclusion of the day, guests can relax and enjoy a hosted cocktail party and dinner at Mesa Manor, home of Jim and Parvina Glidewell.

On the second day, attendees choose from hands-on workshops or focused lectures. The half-day session provides a deep dive into the topics that are most relevant for each individual practice.


Esthetics: Creating Beautiful Smiles

Dr. Taylor Manalili's seminar

Held Oct. 14–15, 2022, in Irvine, California, the Glidewell Symposium “Esthetics: Creating Beautiful Smiles” provided two days of clinical education focused on the tools and techniques essential for producing the ultimate esthetic improvements for patients.

Dr. Chi teaching "Perfecting Chairside Esthetics" hands-on workshop

On the first day of the event, eight clinical experts presented inspiring, practical presentations on everything from the fundamentals of dental esthetics to tooth preparation for esthetic success. Shown, keynote speaker Dr. Justin Chi presented “Restorative Material Options for Esthetic Cases,” which reviewed clinical situations and restorative solutions for optimal results.

Entertainment at Mesa Manor

At the end of the first day, attendees and their guests took the complimentary shuttle to nearby Mesa Manor, home of Jim and Parvina Glidewell, for a hosted cocktail party and dinner. Attendees got to network and unwind after a full day of learning.

hands-on workshop

On the second day of the symposium, participants chose from seven hands-on workshops and focused lectures on topics such as complete dentures, photography, tooth preparation, forensic dentistry and placing lab-fabricated provisionals.

Dr. Jinny Bender teaching "From Scanning to Digital Dentistry" workshop

Dr. Jinny Bender, along with Dr. Chi, taught the practical handson workshop “From Scanning to Digital Dentistry,” which introduced the latest equipment and techniques in digital dentistry.

Dr. Manalili discussing facial symmetry

During both days of the event, the curriculum provided practical information clinicians could immediately implement into their practice.

IOX: The Experience

Founder and President Jim Glidewell

Kicking off the first day of the Glidewell Symposium “IOX: The Experience,” Founder and President Jim Glidewell shared a brief history and a look into the future of dentistry.

Panel discussion for the IOX 2022 event

Held Oct. 21–22, 2022, in Irvine, California, the IOX event brought together a team of experts dedicated to helping attendees stay ahead of the curve by showing the latest developments in digital dentistry.

Attendees applauding

Attendees heard from 10 speakers, who provided engaging presentations with topics such as, “The Modern-Day Dental Exam,” “Bonding Zirconia: Secrets to Success” and “My Mill Can Do What?!”

Exhibit hall full of attendees

During the breaks, the exhibit hall enabled participants to engage in conversations about innovations in digital dentistry.

fastscan.ioâ ¢ Scanning Solution demonstrations at the exhibit hall

Attendees enjoyed hands-on demonstrations of the™ Scanning Solution, Glidewell’s newest offering for intraoral scanners, partnered with Medit.

Dr. Chi teaching "Perfecting Chairside Esthetics" hands-on workshop

On the second day of the symposium, participants chose from four hands-on workshops, including “Perfecting Chairside Esthetics” (shown). This course, taught by Dr. Chi, demonstrated techniques for delivering complex multi-unit cosmetic cases.


Introduced in 2017, the Glidewell Symposium continues to flourish due to the community of engaging, collaborative dental practitioners dedicated each and every day to planning, creating and delivering the best treatment to their patients.

“We are so grateful to all the doctors and clinical team members who attended our events and made them such a huge success,” said Dr. Neil Park, vice president of clinical affairs and Glidewell Symposium scientific chair. “We set out to make clinical education more accessible and impactful. No matter if dentists are just starting out or more experienced in the field, this CE program provides a valuable experience. We’d like to thank everyone for participating and invite dentists to join us again for action-packed symposia throughout 2023.”

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