Columbus, OH


Daniel H. Ward, DDS



Dr. Dan Ward is an internationally recognized lecturer who combines theory with real world experience. He is an accomplished author being published in multiple journals on dental materials, smile design and photography.

Dr. Daniel H. Ward was an Assistant Clinical Professor at The Ohio State University for 13 years and has been in private practice in Columbus, Ohio for 40 years. He lectured at the Post-Graduate Program in Esthetic Dentistry at the University of Minnesota, SUNY Buffalo, UMKC, and the University of Florida and served as chief examiner. He is a fellow in the American and the International College of Dentists, fellow of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and an associate member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

 Dr. Ward has lectured throughout the world. He has been invited to present at most major meetings in the US including the American Dental Association Meeting, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Chicago Midwinter, Yankee Meeting, the Greater New York Dental Meeting, the California Dental Association, the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has lectured in India, Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Korea, and Viet Nam.

Dr. Ward has published over 40 articles in the Journal of Prosthodontics, Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, Dental Clinics of North America, Compendium, Dentistry Today, Inside Dentistry, and Oral Health. He authored a chapter in the third edition of Ronald Goldstein’s Esthetics in Dentistry. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry and the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Dr. Ward has developed a computerized method of smile design called the RED Proportion. An innovative pioneer, Dr. Ward combines theory with practical real-world experience.

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Daniel Ward, DDS is an accomplished speaker available to speak at your event for half-day, full-day and multi-day lectures, custom courses, and hands-on workshops.

Skill and Materials: Systematically Achieving Success using the Latest Materials

With so many materials and techniques available, it is difficult to know which to use.  Many are dependent on the skill of the dentist.  We all have been burned trying new materials only to find there are problems later.  Adhesives and restorative materials have evolved.  Bioactive materials are the latest buzz.  As our population continues to age materials must be used to help them keep their teeth.  

We need to be updated to understand the latest materials and techniques. We must understand and simplify our standard care while incorporating new useful and exciting technology.  No "one size fits all" material exists, so dentists must be familiar with a plethora of products.  Learn how to use the newest techniques with confidence.  This course is from a wet-fingered dentist for wet-fingered dentists.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • know how to select and use the latest bonding agents, composites and bioactive restorative materials
  • be able to treat patients with age-appropriate materials
  • recognize ways to treat patients with minimally invasive, conservative methods
  • select and use the latest all-ceramic crowns
  • be introduced to proportional smile design concepts which formulate smiles that fit patient's faces

Full day lecture

Less is More - Incorporating Minimally Invasive and Bioactive Materials into Your Practice

The movement in healthcare has been towards less invasive methods. Modern dentistry is following this trend with the development of new preventative techniques and improved direct restorative materials. With the changing demographics of our population it is important to use age appropriate restorative materials. Xerostomia is a problem with patients who take ever-increasing medications, so remineralizing bioactive materials are useful. Glass Ionomer restorative materials can serve as a therapeutic restorative material, reducing post-operative sensitivity and potential recurrent decay. Universal bonding agents simplify the bonding process and allow the dentist to use their preferred etching method. Composites with optimized nano-filler particles and non-bis-GMA resins decrease wear, polymerization shrinkage stress and optimize optical qualities. Predictable class II restorations require specific skills and techniques to achieve reliable success. This course is an excellent way to update your skills using the latest restorative materials.

Upon completion of this course, participants will understand:

  • Effective “Universal” bonding agents.
  • Innovative new composite materials.
  • Conservative preparation techniques
  • Treating our aging population.
  • Bioactive restorative materials.
Half day lecture
Let's Be Direct: Selecting Materials and Techniques to Achieve Comfortable, Long-lasting Restorations

Patients are demanding esthetic results which can be difficult, unpredictable and frustrating to achieve.  No one-size fits all material exists.  Learn how to select and use the appropriate materials to use in different situations.  Understand how to significantly reduce sensitive restorations.  This course will increase your confidence placing esthetic, comfortable and long-lasting tooth-colored restorations.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • understand how to select and effectively use the latest bonding agents and composites
  • learn how to significantly reduce post-operative sensitivity
  • be acquainted with the latest bioactive restorative materials
Half day lecture
Let's Be Direct: Placing Esthetic Restorations

Dentists spend a significant part of their day preparing and restoring teeth with esthetic direct restorations.  Attention to detail is paramount since recurrent decay shortens the life of many composite restorations.  Practice placing Class II and Class V restorations which are esthetic and predictable.  Learn how to place layered esthetic anterior restorations.  This course will increase your confidence in routinely placing esthetic, comfortable and long-lasting tooth-colored restorations.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • practice placing Class V bioactive restorations
  • develop techniques for predictably placing Class II tooth-colored restorations
  • practice placing layered natural looking restorations
Half day hands-on
Have I got SOMETHING to SHOW YOU! Communicating with Digital Dental Photography and Computer-Generated Imaging

Seeing is Believing!    Patients must see it to believe it.  Effectively communication involves visualization so that patients can fully understand their condition.  Showing patients up close what we as dentists see, is imperative for patient acceptance of necessary treatment.  Digital dental photography has sometimes been complicated but newly designed digital dental cameras simplify the ability to take excellent photos of the mouth.  Having a library of before and after photos of different treatments can be invaluable in showing patients their options.   Showing patients what their smiles can look like can be an effective way to have them proceed.  Learn ways to effectively communicate with your patients using visual media.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Observe the many practical uses of digital dental photography
  • Preview new easy to use lightweight digital dental cameras
  • Learn how to select and purchase a digital camera that fits your practice
  • See how to easily organize pictures to communicate treatment options
Half day lecture
Get your Hands on This: Digital Dental Photography Workshop

State of the art cameras are based on digital technology.  Traditional digital SLR cameras must be optimized for intra-oral views by pre-setting the lighting, focusing, and exposure.  Specially designed dental cameras can simplify the process. Learn how to use a dental digital camera and how to properly setup a full-sized SLR camera for a complete series of dental photographs.  If you have wanted to learn how to incorporate digital dental photography into your practice this course is for you.  Participants will learn how to expose a “full series” by photographing each other.  Cameras may be brought to the course, but the hands-on sessions will use supplied cameras, mirrors and cheek retractors.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to purchase a suitable digital dental camera
  • Set up a digital SLR camera for dental photography
  • Practice the 5 Steps to taking a good digital photo
  • Take a basic series of views for all new patients
  • Use techniques necessary to produce high quality photos
Half day hands-on
Do your Smiles Measure Up? Introduction to Proportional Smile Design

Re-creating a beautiful smile is a big responsibility requiring analysis, communication, planning and precise execution.  The final appearance should be designed and demonstrated to the patient prior to the fabrication of the final restorations.  Smiles should match the size and shape of the face as well as the temperament of the patient.  Learn how to use photos to analyze smiles, measure the smile and then create provisional restorations for the patient to evaluate prior to fabricating the final restorations.  This course will improve your ability to predictably create beautiful smiles.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand how to use digital dental photography to evaluate and measure a smile
  • Learn how to use proportional smile design to design a smile that matches the patient
  • See how to use the temperament of the patient to create custom smiles
  • Understand the role of provisional restorations in communicating the final results to the patient before the final restorations are fabricated
Half day lecture
Drilling Down - Best Practices for Moving from Basic to Superior Composites and Crowns

Bioactive, Universal, Hybrid, Nano-technology, Bulk-fill and Monolithic are all terms being thrown out to describe the latest direct restorative materials. But what do they mean, do they really work and how do they simplify and improve treatment? Understand the scientific as well as clinical advances of these new materials beyond all the hype.  

With the dramatic shift away from metal supported to all-ceramic crowns, confusion exists in selecting the ideal ceramic to use. Should you use monolithic or layered, pressable or milled, cementable or bonded? Many factors need to be considered including strength, translucency, esthetic expectations and ease of cementation. Patient communication is vital. Learn how to select the best crown for each individual situation and perform proper cementation/bonding protocols.


Upon completion of this course, participants will:
  • Understand how to select and use the latest universal bonding agents, new generation nano-hybrid, spherical and bulk-fill composites and self-healing bioactive restorative materials
  • Be able to treat patients with minimally invasive, age-appropriate materials
  • Understand the different types of all-ceramic crowns
  • Learn how to select, prepare and cement/bond all-ceramic restorations
Back to Basics: Restoring our Patients to Health in these Challenging Times

Challenging times require drastic measures.  With all the stress and turmoil today, patients are grinding, clenching and breaking teeth more than ever.  Yet many of our patients are not working and have limited finances or are concerned about their retirement plans and their future.  As caring healthcare providers, we must develop strategies to help our patients keep their teeth during these uncertain times. 


Direct restorations may be a critical key to preserving the integrity of our patients' oral health.  Current treatments may need to become less ideal and more practical.  Discover how to create long-term interim restorations.  Develop your techniques to improve the lifetime of your restorations.  The time is now to train yourself and your staff to use these vital ways to keep your patients comfortable and smiling.

  • Learn how to place ideal Class II composite restorations that are comfortable and create good gingival health
  • Discover how to place long-term interim restorations
  • Improve your placement of esthetic layered restorations
  • Expand your use of direct pulp caps in appropriate situations
  • Take charge of helping your patients keep their teeth during these challenging times

Course Comments

"You are my teacher. Every time I hear you I learn so much."

"Thank you for sharing a part of yourself."

"I love your openness and willingness to share."

"You show it like it is."

"The RED Proportion is the most sensible way I have ever seen to design a smile."

"My patients say "thank you" for what you have taught me."


"Hello, Dr. Ward:

 Just a quick note to thank you for your great presentation last Friday to the members of the Philadelphia County Dental Society. We received six written evaluations. All indicated that the program fulfilled a specific need, was well planned and was relevant to today’s dental practice. Positive verbal feedback included comments such as: “excellent presentation; fine speaker;” “very good overview about new materials and emerging concepts;” “great information on the advantage of such products as MI Paste;” “discussion about bonding – and the review of benefits and differences between pure GI and resin modified GI – was helpful.”
Teresa F. Ravert, Executive Director
Philadelphia County Dental Society"

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