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CE centered on what YOU need now

Discover CE that will help you thrive in a rapidly changing world, and explore areas of dentistry that interest you the most!

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Open your mind to learning opportunities

Surround yourself with fresh perspectives from our ingenious speakers and endless possibilities through energizing learning events.

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Explore Art & Design, Science & Technology, the Business of Dentistry, and the Common Good.
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Be inspired by and share in women’s viewpoints on the subjects that matter most to us.
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Hear top dental game-changers at the Dr. Dennis D. Shinbori Acclaimed Educator Series.
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Witness experienced trial lawyers and a defendant dentist simulate a malpractice trial.
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Catch up with your favorite speakers and other Smile Creators in a casual setting.
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Open your mind and gain new perspectives with these TED Talk-like sessions. Details coming soon.
NEW! Dental Team Hub

Your home for opportunities to grow in your role, share your struggles and triumphs, and meet other team members. More details coming soon.

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Spanish-Language Courses

New this year, several courses will be offered in Spanish only. Courses to be announced in early June.

Seeking up-and-coming speakers

Are you ready to wow crowds with your unique topic? We are looking for new SmileCon speakers to inspire our dental community.

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CE General Information

Pre-registration is not required for Presentations
Presentations are first-come, first-served for Smile Pass and Platinum Smile Pass holders; your badge will be scanned at the classroom door. To plan your SmileCon CE, the Agenda Builder will be your top tool for making your own schedule. Search for courses by topic, keyword or speaker.
CE Formats
Presentations (formerly known as lectures, panels or symposia) are group sessions led by dental thought leaders. Many of the sessions will be interactive and work will be done in small groups.

Experiences and Conversations (formerly known as small-group discussions, campfires, or poster sessions) bring you and other dental professionals  together to trade perspectives and share experiences.

Hands-On Activities (formerly known as workshops, live-patient, or cadaver courses) will give you a chance to roll up your sleeves, dig in, enhance your knowledge, and get more CE hours. Hands-On Activities are BYOG—bring your own gear.
CE Verification
After you attend a complete course, it will appear in your account on the Verify CE website. (The site “knows” you attended because your SmileCon badge is scanned at the door.) At the end of the course, listen for the host to read the verification number. You will need to enter this number in the Verify CE website at ADA.org/verifyCE. To log in, you will need to know your Registration ID and the email address you registered with.
ADA CERP
The American Dental Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The American Dental Association designates one (1) credit per hour for CE activities, unless otherwise noted. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the CE requirements of his or her licensing or regulatory agency and to contact them with any questions regarding licensing. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at ADA.org/CERP.