Willi Geller Honorary Lecture
Willi Geller, MDT
Mr. Geller is a master ceramist and dental technician from Zurich, Switzerland. Through the visionary power of his dental restorations, he has significantly influenced aesthetic awareness in dentistry for many generations of dental technicians and dentists. He has created rules and guidelines in dental aesthetics for technicians as well as dentists that are still considered revolutionary today. He has innovated and influenced the development of numerous techniques and materials, including the platinum foil technique, Geller cutback technique, ceramic shoulder, Geller-wing technique, lateral segmental layering technique, preparationless veneer, and ovate pontic site development. The Geller model, Creation ceramics, and Creapearl denture teeth are only a few of his evolutionary accomplishments that have revolutionized how our profession practices dentistry today. He has not only been a pioneer in esthetic and perioprosthetic dentistry; he has also been the voice for dental technology and the dental technician. He defined the importance of cooperation between the clinician and technician while improving patients’ oral health and self-image in a time when it was not in vogue. But even more important was his establishment of the Oral Design movement, which created giant ripples on the shores of every continent. He has dedicated his life to young professionals around the world, encouraging and pushing them to be the best that they can be and to share their knowledge and information with everyone around the world. He has been a true teacher in dentistry and in life, stimulating the dental technician and clinician to not only think for themselves but to observe their surroundings and to become humble to the universe and its greatness. He has taught us a new way of treating patients as human beings. He is recognized in the dental field as “Maestro”, the true teacher, and his ideas and concepts are followed and disseminated by outstanding international technicians and clinicians. This is the Maestro Willi Geller that our profession is honored to know.
– Douglas A. Terry, DDS, Texas, USA
Family, Friends &
The European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
Dr. Douglas Terry and Will Geller