Direct composite restorations are among the most frequently performed restorative procedures, yet dentists often struggle with placement techniques, options for consistently generating ideal inter-proximal contact and post operative sensitivity. There are several key elements that will determine the success of direct esthetic restorations including tooth preparation, material choice, placement technique and curing method. This presentation will discuss how each element will play a critical role in the professional’s decision making process when determining which materials, systems and techniques are best to utilize when doing direct composite restorations. This program will review esthetic principles, modern preparation design and when and where to use “total-etch” and “selfetch” adhesive systems. Additional topics will include proper composite selection and placement techniques, anatomical contouring and finishing and polishing, all of which are essential clinical components to achieving long lasting esthetic restorations.