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

If you’re a dentist, you would have definitely heard of Digital Smile Design. But what is it? It’s not that clear because it’s more than one thing. 

DSD is a concept, a workflow, an app, a lab, a brand and more – no wonder it’s confusing.

Dr Alistair Graham runs a DSD accredited practice where he and his team have adopted the DSD workflow and use it successfully to attract, communicate with and carry out treatment for patients using the DSD approach. In this podcast he explains the what and how.


Dr Alistair Graham

Dental surgeon, Digital Smile Design (DSD) master

Alistair qualified as a Dentist at Bristol University, England, and has done further postgraduate study at Sydney University, completing the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Oral Implants). He is a Digital Smile Design Master, having studied this for several years and his Clinic is one of only 5 official DSD Clinics in Australia. In addition, he has completed more than 50 cases with the iTero scanner. Alistair is highly qualified and experienced in the field of implant dentistry and can provide patients with both the surgical and restorative phases of the treatment. He lectures in implant dentistry, bone grafting and CADCAM dentistry.


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’

Dental Protection Limited

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.


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 Practitioner Support

Dental Practitioner Support is the first national 24/7 telephone and online service to support dental practitioner health and wellbeing in Australia.

The service is free, confidential and independent. Remember, good practice involves seeking support when you need it. Dental practitioners can call and speak to an experienced team ready to provide advice on a wide range of issues, including mental and physical health, workplace issues and general wellbeing.

Call them anytime you need, and even save the number in your phone so that it’s there on the day that you need it.

1800 377 700 or visit the website www.dpsupport.org.au

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