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Live streaming: Smile of the Year 2021 – international dental awards

Launched in 2008, Smile of the Year recognises achievements in dentistry and dental technology every year. Initially targeted at Bulgarian dental professionals, the contest has evolved into an international format since 2020 and is now open to participants from all over the world. This year’s award ceremony, during which the winners will be announced, will take place on 11 June in Sofia. The event will be streamed live.

Smile of the Year was initiated by the Bulgarian licence partner of Dental Tribune International. It is open to dentists and dental technicians, who submit cases to compete in ten different categories. The jury, which is composed of world-renowned dental opinion leaders vote for the winners anonymously online.

The judges will announce the winner of each category during the official award ceremony. The event will be held at 2020 Event Space and will start at 7:30 p.m. (EEST). For the ceremony, over 100 guests—contestants, dental opinion leaders and representatives from the dental industry—are expected.


  • Complex aesthetic restorations
  • Composite restorations
  • Ceramic restorations
  • Pink esthetics
  • Orthodontic case
  • Orthodontics case with aligners
  • Implant case
  • Clinical case with full digital protocol
  • Dental art photography
  • Student case

The jury

Dr. Rafael Romano (Italy)

A graduate of the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Dentistry, Dr. Romano is a specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. He maintains a private practice in Tel Aviv in Israel, limited to orthodontics, with emphasis on adult and lingual orthodontics. He lectures all over the world on the topics of lingual orthodontics and adult multidisciplinary orthodontic treatment. He is an active member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO), and a board member of the American Lingual Orthodontists Association (ALOA).

Dr. Siegfried Marquardt (Germany)

Dr. Marquardt graduated from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich in Germany. He was a two-year assistant of Prof. Peter Fuchs in Munich and a post-graduate student in Turku in Finland, Boston and Houston in the USA. He has been in private practice for 24 years in Tegernsee in Germany, specializing in implantology, perioprosthetics, esthetic and functional dentistry as well as sports dentistry. Dr. Marquardt is the founder and CEO of the Z.a.T. Fortbildungs-GmbH, which organizes and promotes international dental symposia and practical courses. In 2001, he was certified as the first specialist for esthetic dentistry in Germany by the German academy of esthetic dentistry (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetische Zahnmedizin) and was certified as a specialist for implantology by the European Dental Association (EDA). Dr. Marquardt lectures internationally and has published articles in the area of esthetic and functional dentistry, and implantology. He is an active member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED), as well as numerous other national and international specialist associations.

Dr. Giulio Rasperini (Italy)

Dr. Rasperini is an associate professor of periodontology at the Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Sciences at the University of Milan in Italy and an active member of the Italian Society of Periodontology (SIdP), the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED) and the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry. He has published and lectured extensively in the fields of periodontology and implantology, regenerative medicine, surgical techniques for periodontal and peri-implant reconstruction. He won several awards for research focused on periodontology and implantology. In 2017, he founded the iPerio Education Center in Piacenza in Italy with Dr. Giorgio Pagni and Dr. Raffaele Acunzo, were they teach their philosophy of treatment and concepts of the modern dentistry.

Dr. Walter Devoto (Italy)

Born in Chiavari in Italy in 1965, Dr. Devoto graduated in dentistry from the University of Genoa in 1991 with first-class honours. He is a visiting lecturer in esthetic dentistry at the University of Siena in Italy and Barcelona in Spain. He is also a visiting professor in esthetic dentistry at the University of Marseille in France. He has been an active member of the Accademia Italiana di Conservativa since 1998 and the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry since 2002. He is a founding member of the Italian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and the founder of Style Italiano. He is also the scientific president of the Sofia Dental Meeting 2021. He specialises in esthetic and restorative dentistry and has published many articles in international journals and has held many presentations on these topics at national and international congresses. In addition, he runs his own private surgeries in Sestri Levante and Portofino in Italy,and collaborates with prestigious surgeries specialising in esthetic dentistry throughout Europe.

Dr. Mirela Feraru (Romania)

Dr. Feraru graduated in 2005 from the Dental Faculty of the Timisoara University in Romania. An integral part of the Bichacho Clinic team since 2009, focusing on interdisciplinary modalities, she has in-depth knowledge and experience in all fields of perio-prosthetic esthetic dentistry, concentrating on restorative and perioplastic surgery treatments. She has been published internationally and pursues her passion for sharing her experience and skills with others by lecturing, teaching and mentoring all over the world on complex esthetic restorative treatments and interdisciplinary perio-prosthetic concepts and treatments. In addition, Dr. Feraru has acquired extensive experience in high-quality dental photographic documentation and has been sharing it with colleagues worldwide through lectures and workshops. She has also authored the bestseller book Dental Visualization published by Quintessence Publishing in 2018.

Ciprian Boca (Romania)

Born in a small town in the middle of Transylvania, Ciprian Boca is a passionate filmmaker whose signature appears not only on TV commercials, but also on music videos and corporate short movies. Under the umbrella of his own brand Monkey Media, he has produced – together with his team, music videos for Romanian and international artists – corporate concept videos for companies like Porsche Europe and Daimler. He also directed and produced videos together with representative names from the international dental elite, like Florin Cofar, Paulo Kano, Eric van Dooren, Gustavo and Marcelo Giordani, Edson da Silva, and others. He was the official videographer and photo-video trainer for the SKIN course in Brazil. A successful young international speaker, he presents his artistic vision, photo and video tips and tricks in the Esthetics through the Lens course, in several countries in Europe, the United States, Asia and South America.

Release date: 11/06/2021
Expiration date: 11/06/2024


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