Cosmetic dentistry has been revolutionised a few times over the last 30 years. First, bonding of porcelain gave the ability to recreate natural smiles with fixed prosthetic solutions. Then came more effective, natural composites that facilitated reduced preparation and beautiful results when the situation did not indicate porcelain. Recently, clear aligners have changed the game. Moving teeth to the best position before picking up the hand piece, or better yet, instead of any preparation. It’s the ultimate conservative step forward.

This episode we have the pleasure of chatting with two of Australia’s leading general dentists in the clear aligner space. Dr John Hagiliassis and Dr George Abdelmalek are the Founders of ACAS, the Australiasia Clear Aligner Society and have thousands of cases under their belt between them.

John is the founder of AORTA (Aesthetic, Orthodontic and Restorative Training Academy), an academy that helps dentists take the first few steps in providing aligner solutions for their patients.

If you provide aligners or want to anytime in your career, these two generous gents are the two to know!

In This Episode

  • 00:51 – John and Goerge’s pathway into dentistry, where John’s passion for clear aligners comes from, and how George came to work under John.
  • 14:56 – How John was able to achieve his view and philosophy on patient care and on his team approach to practicing. 
  • 22:20 – George’s advice for new graduates on finding their first job and walking into your interview with a confident attitude
    25:16 – The birth of Australasian Clear Aligner Society and their vision
  • 35:47 – John’s perspective on direct to consumer products and the risks it poses to our profession
  • 41:10 – George and John’s opinions on the future of AI technology in clear aligners and how this will impact treatment plans
  • 48:03 – Common mistakes John and George see people making as they get into clear aligners
  • 55:40 – How to get started in clear aligners and take on your first case!
  • 59:17 – Communication and language to help your patient understand the importance of wearing their aligner


Prime Head Start

The Prime Head Start Segment is right after the feature interview and this episode it’s with Patric Moberger. Should dentists discuss money? This is one of the key make or break parts of coummincation. A must listen from someone who is a wealth of knowledge.

This is going to be the key visionary event of the year, Prime Practice have brought together a Stella line up (you know many of them!) for a course aimed at the future and (Re)Building the New Dental Landscape.

Students, dentists, associates and owners will all gain from this. I’m sure you know that after so many advice packed PRime Head Start Segments. Get your earlybird tickets now!

For Dental Head Start listeners, Prime Practice are offering their leading communication course, Primespeak, at 15% off for everyone and a massive 50% off for students and recent graduates. Check out to get your hands on the discount codes. 

RIPE Academy

In this exceptionally difficult time for our profession, we need to look at the silver lining. With time, we can work on ourselves and work on our dentistry. And what better way then the RIPE Academy by Restoring Excellence.

In an attempt to make it affordable for all around the world, it is just $29USD per month for some of the most valuable online content anywhere in the world.

My crown prep workflow is modelled on Lincoln’s video from the academy 3 years ago!

I hope to share the benefits and exclusive offers through DHS. Check out their Online Academy!

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The Dental Head Start Podcast is for students and new graduates. We interview successful dentists and specialists to uncover the tips, tricks and advice to help you transition from dental school to private practice successfully.

If you like this content then I ask just one thing of you; share this with a friend who will benefit from this and help us help more students and new grads!

David is a recent graduate dentist working in private practice in regional NSW, Australia. Read more at

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