Advanced Education in Esthetic Dentistry (AEED)

The 2 years Advanced Education in Esthetic Dentistry (AEED) Certificate Program is a program within the Division of Postgraduate Prosthodontics, part of the Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM).

Because of its clinic location, the program allows the students to have a direct interaction with most of the dental specialties, including Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics and Orthodontics. Therefore, it contributes in providing a multidisciplinary approach in the diagnosis and management of patients’ esthetics and functional needs.

During their clinical curriculum, the students are trained to provide comprehensive dental care, utilizing the most appropriate technologies available to the dental professionals. Students achievements include simple to more extensive smile reconstruction by the needs of teeth whitening, direct composite restorations, porcelain laminate veneers, all-ceramic and PFM crowns, CAD-CAM restorations, and implant-supported crowns. The program exposes students to all the specialty phases of dentistry and medicine as they apply to esthetics.

During their didactic curriculum, the students attend Prosthodontics-oriented classes, including Prosthodontics Treatment Planning Seminar, Comprehensive Evidence-Based Prosthodontics Literature Review, biomaterials, TMJ and occlusion. Students also attend esthetics and multi-disciplinary oriented lectures, including Comprehensive Evidence-Based Esthetic Literature Review, and Science and Art of Esthetic Dentistry.

Students also learn treatment planning and record-keeping techniques that they apply to each patient. They are required to present such information in weekly roundtable discussions with faculty. The process enables students to develop effective management and administrative skills.

Program Duration

The AEED Fellowship Certificate Program is a 2 year program. The program starts on July 1 with a three-month preclinical course to prepare the students for the clinic and ends on June 30 of the following year.

The Master of Science Degree may be combined with a clinical specialty upon approval by the program director and the Graduate Studies Committee. Successful completion of a combined Advanced Education-Master of Science Program is expected to require a minimum of 36 months (specific conditions apply).

Required Courses

  • Science and Art of Esthetic Dentistry
  • Anatomy-Smile Analysis, Facial Symmetry
  • Biostatistics I and II (Masters only)
  • Comprehensive Evidence-Based Prosthodontics Literature Review
  • Comprehensive Evidence-Based Esthetics Literature Review
  • Epidemiology
  • Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning Seminar
  • Photography-Digital, 35 mm, and Instant Photography
  • Prosthodontics Treatment Planning Seminar
  • Radiology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Medicine
  • Biomaterials I and II
  • TMJ and Occlusion


Program costs for the AEED Program is equal to 2 years (4 semesters) of postgraduate tuition plus fees. Please visit the Financial Aid page for postgraduate tuition figures.

Please note that the AEED program is not an ADA-accredited program. Therefore, applicants are not eligible for financial aid.

Application Process

All applications must be received by September 4 of the previous calendar year. Applications can be downloaded on the Postgraduate application page.

After review of all the received applications, applicants will be notified if they have been selected to attend an interview. The interview process takes place in September and October. Applicants will be notified that their application has been retained for an interview at least one month in advance, in order for them to arrange their travel plans.

No applicant is eligible for acceptance without an interview.

All acceptances are sent to selected applicants before the end of December.


Jacinto Cano-Peyro DDS, Clinical Instructor

Najla Chebib, DDS, CAGS, MS, Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director Advanced Education in Esthetic Dentistry

Hiroshi Hirayama, DDS, DMD, MS, FACP, Professor, Division Head and Program Division Head Postgraduate Prosthodontics Director, Advanced Education in Esthetic Dentistry

Lisa Emirzian, DMD, Clinical Instructor

Kiho Kang, DDS, DMD, MS, FACP, Associate Clinical Professor

Samer Khayat, DDS, Assistant Professor

Yong Jeong Kim, DDS, DMD, MS, FACP, Associate Professor, Associate Director, Graduate and Postgraduate Prosthodontics

Julie R. Oliverio-Callum, DMD, Assistant Clinical Professor

Olympia Karacosta, DMD, Assistant Clinical Professor

Sujey Rodriguez-Lozano, DDS, MS, Assistant Professor

Roya Zandparsa, DDS, DMD, MSc, Clinical Professor, Biomaterials Course Director