Welcome to What I Wish I Knew by Dental Head Start. This is a podcast where we learn from people that have been there, made the mistakes, learnt the lessons and have developed into the accomplished dental professionals they are today.

It’s your weekly mentoring session.

Hosted by Dr Cigdem Kipel

Dr Tim Maxwell is a pretty BAD dentist. That is, he practices bio-mimetic, aesthetic dentistry. It’s a concept that’s fast taking over long-standing, traditional approaches to restorative dentistry. 

Advances in modern adhesive dentistry has allowed for substantially more conservative, additive and long-lasting restorative options for our patients. 

More importantly, it’s highlighted just how reductive, destructive and unnecessary many of those past practices were, and still are. Dr Tim Maxwell is one of the leading dentists that challenges those methods, most of which are still taught at universities today. 

In this podcast, he explains to us the key principles behind biomimetic aesthetic/adhesive dentistry and the advantages it offers both patients and the longevity of their teeth. He walks us through the practical aspects of biomimetic prep design, adhesion, immediate dentine sealing so you can start practicing BAD dentistry tomorrow.


Dr Timothy Maxwell

Dr. Tim graduated from the University of Western Australia dux of his class in 2014. He was awarded the two highest honours for a graduating student: the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Prize for top graduate, and the Welten Prize in Clinical Dentistry for top clinical graduate. He also achieved undergraduate prizes in histology, head and neck anatomy, endodontics, periodontics, general medicine and oral medicine.

Dr. Tim practices the full scope of dentistry, with a special focus on cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and oral surgery. He has completed two years of additional private training in orthodontics with Progressive Orthodontic Seminars in Sydney, and provides both fixed braces and clear aligner solutions including Invisalign™. He has completed further surgical training in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia in dentoalveolar and implant surgery, and maintains a strong passion for digital dentistry using 3D scanning and printing technology.

Born and bred in Perth, Dr. Tim is a keen surfer and parent of two young Border Collies, Mochi and Kimchi. Prior to settling back in Perth, Tim’s partner Sophie and himself practiced dentistry in Singapore and regional New South Wales. Sophie and Tim’s first clinic will be opening in Mount Hawthorn, 5 minutes from the Perth CBD, in the future.


If you’re a dental student or graduate, here are 4 ways I can help you transition to private practice.

  1. Download the 10 Tips to Successfully Transition to Private Practice – This is a culmination of the things i’ve learnt over the years that I think are worth considering for all grads. I’ve included reference links throughout.
  2. Check Out The 4Sight Dental On Demand Webinar – We cover communication, getting a job and excelling in that job with Dr Omid Azami, Dr Jesse Green and myself!
  3. Find the CPD you need on CPD Junkie – Australia’s most comprehensive CPD Database, exclusive discounts and content.
  4. Clarify your goals, vision and lessons with the 4Sight Dental Journal – In fact you can get this and the webinar for 50% off! Use the code ‘DHS2020’

Principle Practice Management Software 

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Cloud based dental software, rethought from the ground up for 2021 and beyond. Finally, an intelligent platform that optimises every process and workflow from scheduling to treatment planning to account management.

Designed for intuitiveness, Principle offers seamless interconnectivity between patients, appointments, staff, tasks, notes, meetings, labs and more. This means fewer clicks, fuller books, faster communication, nothing slipping through the cracks and greater business transparency. 

Principles of best practice embedded in software design to keep your team lean and your time productively occupied.


Dental Protection Limited

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Dental Protection Limited

Dental Protection we’re the first to come on board supporting dental students and graduates through the Dental Head Start Podcast and now they’re stepping up again by release the new publication Young Dental Practitioners as well as the Survival guide, their e-Learning platform ‘Prism’ and Sign up for Risk Wise Connect. Find it at the links or on their Facebook Page.

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