Achieving Success, Overcoming Challenges in Orthodontics (2017)

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0900 - 1300
Workshop 1A
A Spike in the Ice: Innovative Anchorage Concepts with Mini-Screw Implants, Getting Even with Overjet, Molar Distalisation, Rapid Transit Treatment - SOLD OUT
Jay Bowman

Once upon a time, orthodontists pitted groups of teeth against each other in hopes of predictable movement. Much like a “tug-of-war” on ice, the ensuing results were often haphazard or unintentional. The advent of mini-screws has forever altered the concept of anchorage preparation as a “spike” can now be driven into the “ice” to provide a stable mechanical reference. During this presentation, a plethora of applications will illustrate the formative steps (including pratfalls) in this real paradigm shift in orthodontics. With over 3,500 mini-screws, experience with 15 different systems, and development of several mini-screw-supported auxiliaries and appliances (including the Horseshoe Jet distalizer), Dr. Bowman brings a rather unique perspective to this topic. He has co-authored several publications, book chapters, and is the co-editor/author of the book Mini-implants in Orthodontics Innovative Anchorage Concepts.


Learning Objectives:

  • Review the myths & legends of mini-screws
  • Explore the myriad of options for mini-screw-supported biomechanics
  • Introduce methods to improve the predictability of Class II and III treatments

0900 - 1300
Workshop 2A
Overview of Systemized & Effective Orthodontic Care - SOLD OUT
Richard McLaughlin

Over the years, Dr. McLaughlin has developed and presented the following seven courses:


  1. Orthodontic treatment Mechanics and the Pre-adjusted Appliance
  2. Diagnosis, Treatment Planning and treatment Mechanics
  3. Inter-arch Treatment Mechanics-Part1-Class II Treatment
  4. Inter-Arch Treatment Mechanics-Part2-Class III and Asymmetrical Treatment
  5. Management of the Dentition
  6. Occlusion and the TMJ in Orthodontics
  7. Surgical-Orthodontic Treatment


This course will provide an overview of these seven courses. Difficult cases of interest from each of the above mentioned courses will be presented, and an overview of the treatment philosophy and mechanics will be explained. The versatility of the mechanics and the effectiveness of treatment of malocclusions will be demonstrated. Also, it is intended to provide an overview of current "hot topics" and advice on many of the challenges facing today's orthodontists at all levels.

1400 - 1730
Workshop 1B
How to Incorporate Evidence into Your Daily Practice - SELLING FAST
Greg Huang

During the first half of this workshop, Dr. Huang will provide a lecture on the principles of evidence-based orthodontics, including the levels of evidence, common problems with studies, and resources for orthodontic evidence. He will also review the evidence on several contemporary topics, like accelerated tooth movement, self-ligation, TADs, and root resorption, to illustrate how evidence can be used in daily practice. The workshop will then become interactive as attendees formulate specific clinical questions, and search the internet to find the best evidence-based answers. Attendees will have a chance to practice their new skills by presenting their findings to their colleagues.


Learning Objectives:

Attendees will understand the levels of evidence, and how they can be used to assess orthodontic literature. They will also become familiar with resources for orthodontic evidence, learn how to formulate good clinical questions, and practice searching for evidence on the web.

1400 - 1730
Workshop 2B
1. Acceleration of Orthodontic Tooth Movement: Limitations and Possibilities
2. Managing Smile Zone Problems with Efficient Mechanics - SOLD OUT

Ravi Nanda

Part 1:
This is currently a hot subject in orthodontics. Numerous methods and technologies have been proposed and investigated. At our University of Connecticut we have several ongoing studies on animals (corticision, vibration and LIPUS) which currently show that acceleration of OTM is transitory. This presentation will also discuss role of various signals at micro molecular level.


Results of ongoing clinical prospective studies (piezocision, salivary markers and pulsating forces, and status of oral flora with invisalign aligners) will also be presented. Preliminary results show that piezocision does not appreciably and significantly accelerates alignment of crowding. Clinical studies related to corticision will also be discussed with examples of various patients.


Part 2:
Smile zone problems manifest in different ways, such as gummy smiles, midline deviations, canted occlusal plane and openbites among the most common ones. This presentation will discuss treatment with efficient and biomechanically designed wires. Application of TADs, and smart orthodontic wires will be discussed.


Learning Objectives:
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Program is correct as of July 2016 and is subject to changes