Prof. Tung Nguyen

Professor at the University of North Carolina


Dr. Tung Nguyen completed his dental training at Tufts University and received his Master’s Degree and Certificate in Orthodontics at the University of North Carolina. He completed the William R Proffit Teaching Fellowship before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina.  He is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Dentofacial Deformities Clinic.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of the Angle Society of Orthodontists.  He received the BF and Helen Dewel Award for best clinical research from the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 2012 for the work done on Class III bone anchors.  Dr. Nguyen has over 70 publications and book chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally.  His research interests are 3D imaging, 3D printing and dentofacial orthopedics.

Dr. Greg J. Huang

Professor and Chair


Dr. Huang completed his dental training at the University of Florida, and his Certificate in Orthodontics and MSD at the University of Washington.  He also holds an MPH in epidemiology from the UW.  Dr. Huang began his academic career at the UW in 1999.  He has served as the Department’s Chair since 2008.   Dr. Huang has conducted numerous clinical trials, including a recent national network study investigating treatment for anterior openbite malocclusion in adults.  He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, and has given more than 100 invited lectures across the world.  Dr. Huang has edited two textbooks – Orthodontics: Current Principles and Techniques (6th edition) and Evidence-based Orthodontics (2nd edition).  He is a member of the Northwest Component of the Angle Society, as well as the AAO and the WFO.  He currently practices part time in Bellevue, WA. 

Prof. Hernandez Alfaro

Full Professor Maxillofacial Surgery UIC-Barcelona


Medical Doctor, Dental Doctor.
Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Barcelona, Spain.
PhD at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain).
Diplomate by the European Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Full Professor and Chairman Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain).
Chief of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Teknon Medical Center, the largest private facility in Spain.
Has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals, and two books with Ed Quintessence.
Professor Hernández-Alfaro Lectures worldwide in Orthognathic Surgery and reconstructive surgery

Dr. Jorge Faber

Professor at the University of Brasilia Dental School


Dr. Faber is Professor of Evidence Based Dentistry and Orthodontics at the Post-Graduate Program of the University of Brasilia Dental School. He uses his editorial background to stimulate keen analysis of the scientific literature, since he served for 11 years as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the World Federation of Orthodontists and the Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics. He holds a PhD degree on Biology-Morphology, and a Master degree in Orthodontics, and is a Diplomate of the Brazilian Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Faber has lectured extensively in many countries, and has published over 100 articles in scientific journals. He won the  Award College of Diplomates Case Report of the Year Award for the best case report published in the AJO-DO in 2009. He also maintains a private practice in Brasilia, Brazil.

Prof Paul Abbott

Winthrop Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Western Australia


Paul Abbott is the Winthrop Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Western Australia. He is a Specialist Endodontist. Prior to taking a full-time University position in 2002, he spent 17 years in private specialist endodontic practice and he also held part-time academic positions at The Universities of Western Australia and Melbourne. He was Dean of the School of Dentistry at The University of Western Australia and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA from 2003-2009. He has presented 840 lectures and courses in 45 countries. He has published 204 articles in refereed journals, 24 textbook chapters and 47 Newsletter articles. Since 2015, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Dental Traumatology. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and service to the dental profession, particularly in education and research. In 2015, the Governor-General appointed Paul as an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Dr Regina Blevins

Independent Consultant of Align Technology, Inc


Dr. Blevins started her career in dentistry in 1980 as a Dental hygiene graduate of C.S. Mott Community college. She attended the University of Michigan where she received her degree in Dentistry in 1987. Her appreciation and love for the fine art of the cosmetic side of dentistry
led her to pursue her orthodontic graduate training at the University of Minnesota, where she received her certificate in orthodontics and Master of Science Degree in 1991. Dr. Blevins enjoys staying up to date on the latest developments in orthodontics by maintaining a rigorous continuing education schedule. Her professional memberships, awards, and associations include:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Dakota County Study Club
  • St. Paul District Dental Society
  • Minnesota Association of Orthodontists (2013-2014 vice president)
  • Minnesota Association of Orthodontists (2014-2015 president)
  • #1 Invisalign Provider in Minnesota and #1 provider of Teen treatment worldwide
  • Invisalign Provider – Diamond Plus Status 9000+ historical cases
  • Align Tech Faculty member and was awarded Master Faculty status in 2018
  • International Lecturer on clear aligner techniques

When she is out of the office Dr. Blevins enjoys living an active lifestyle and spending time with her husband Tom and their four children, Noah, Rachel, Lucy, and Will. As a family, they enjoy doing yoga, Taekwondo (Dr. Blevins is a black belt!), and spending time in their backyard cooking, gardening and relaxing.

A/Prof. Leticia Algarves Miranda

Leticia Algarves Miranda’s undergraduate dental degree, specialty and Masters in Periodontology were obtained from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Subsequently, she completed a PhD in Periodontology at Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil and a PhD in Medicine at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. She currently holds the position of Discipline Lead in Periodontics and program convenor of the Perio DCD program at UWA-DS.

When is the time for orthodontic tooth movement after periodontal treatment?

Periodontal health is a sine qua non condition before any orthodontic treatment. Defining health and healing outcomes after periodontal treatment for gingivitis and early-stage periodontitis patients might be more straightforward. However, this is definitely not the case for advanced stages and grades of periodontitis cases. When is the time for orthodontic tooth movement after periodontal treatment? In this talk, the current concepts of health and periodontal stability, periodontal therapy endpoints, and the timing to achieve them based on the biology of periodontal wound healing will be explored, trying to answer this question.

Mr Mohammed Basheti

Mr Mohammed Basheti:

    • Graduated in 2016 from the Jordan University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Dentistry (BDS), passed with honors.
    • Passed examinations to become a member of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MFD RSCI), in 2017.
    • Passed the Australian dental examinations to obtain Australian dental license, in 2019.
    • Worked as General Dentist in Jordan from 2016 until 2019. Worked as General Dentist in Sydney from 2019 until 2020.
    • Started postgraduate course in Orthodontics at the University of Melbourne, 2020

The Ortgho Postgrad Experience: foxes, bugs and the MORG

Introduction: To understand health and disease states fully, it is essential to change our evaluation of disease from only a clinically focused assessment to one which incorporates the study of disease-associated microbiota. Examination of the microbial content of plaque can help provide a more comprehensive answer to whether clear aligners pose a reduced risk to WSL and periodontal disease when compared to fixed orthodontic appliances.
Aim: To determine and compare the oral microbiota changes and clinical dental health outcomes of patients being treated with full fixed appliances (FFA) and clear aligner therapy CAT).
Method: A total of 113 patients were enrolled, 65 with FFA, 48 with CAT. Clinical data and plaque samples were collected from an upper lateral incisor and an upper second premolar before the start of treatment (T0) and 6 months after commencement of treatment (T1). The clinical measures assessed were gingival index, plaque index, and ICDAS II. The oral microbiota composition was detected using 16S rRNA gene sequencing Ion Torrent Personal Genome machine; a next generation DNA extraction technology.
Preliminary and expected results: At T1, patients in both the CAT and FA groups are expected to have increases in periodonto-pathogenic bacteria and decreases in health-related bacteria based on the 2018 pilot study. The current data so far show that there has been a decline in oral hygiene and gingival health in both groups. However, patients in the CAT group have better health outcomes compared to the FA group.



Dr Jay Bowman

Dr. S. Jay Bowman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists. He is on the faculty of The University of Michigan, Saint Louis University, Case Western Reserve University, Seton Hill University and was a Milton Sims Visiting Professor at the University of Adelaide. He received the Angle Research Award in 2000, the Alumni Merit Award from Saint Louis University in 2005, and Orthodontic Education Research Foundation Award in 2017.

He is co-author/editor of the book: Mini-Implants in Orthodontics: Innovative Anchorage Concepts. Jay has placed over 5000 miniscrews. He has over 150 articles and book chapters published. Jay has been a contributing editor for Seminars, Angle Orthodontist, AJODO, and JCO; has lectured in 36 countries, and has been in the private practice of orthodontics for over 30 years.

Plastic Predictability Pearls: Improving the Predictability of Clear Aligners

I like predictability because I know what I’m getting into. – Actress, Katherine Heigl

As the limitations of clear aligner treatments have been identified, conceptualizing techniques and devices to improve the predictability in producing desired results has been the next logical step. A variety of concepts, methods, and adjuncts have subsequently been introduced to enhance the efficacy and effectiveness of clear aligners. As a consequence, the scope of biomechanics and type of malocclusions that can be more predictably treated has increased. As one example, the inclusion of miniscrew temporary skeletal anchorage has permitted the addition of direct and indirect anchorage to support and control more predictable programmed tooth movements with aligners. In addition, specific instruments have also been developed to facilitate the individualization of aligners to apply specific forces.*


At the completion of this seminar, the orthodontist will:

1. Understand the purpose and advantages of individualizing clear aligners and applying adjunctive forces to increase treatment predictability.
2. Be familiar with a variety of applications and uses for adjuncts to aligners such as miniscrew anchorage, the addition of buttons/elastics, and enhancement instruments.
3. Be able to prepare a streamlined process for enhancing the clear aligner treatment planning process to incorporate individualized modifications for each patient.
4. Increase the scope and predictability of clear aligner options.

*The speaker has a financial interest in devices developed for use with clear aligners.

Prof. Stella Chaushu

Dr. Stella Chaushu is Full Professor and Chairperson of Department of Orthodontics, Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel.

She is the coordinator of three different clinical fields in the department: adult orthodontics, orthodontic treatment for impacted teeth and treatment of Special Needs children. Dr. Chaushu also has a PhD degree in immunology. Her basic science research focuses on the role of the immune system in orthodontic tooth movement.

The results of her clinical and research activities have been published in over 100 articles and in 13 chapters in books. She received competitive grants and awards, including the prestigious Dewel award, given for the highest-ranked clinical research published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and of Orthodontics in 2015.

Dr. Chaushu is a member of the Editorial Board of American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and of Orthodontics and past Associate Editor of Progress in Orthodontics. She presents lectures and courses internationally on the various aspects related to impacted teeth and the orthodontic-periodontic interface.

Extreme impactions – top ways to make better decisions

Orthodontic treatment of impacted teeth cannot be a “cookbook”. Although the results can be excellent, treatment is complicated and usually long. One or several surgical interventions are usually necessary. Most patients are young children or adolescents who need to cooperate with occasionally painful procedures. There are many possible reasons which  may lead to treatment failure, such as inaccurate positional diagnosis, missed resorption of adjacent teeth, inappropriate mechanotherapy, surgical mistakes and  the risk of failure increases with the severity of impaction. In this presentation, several difficult impaction cases will be exploited to illustrate the step-by-step decision-making process which may help the clinician make the most thoughtful treatment decision, highlighting the importance of early diagnosis, gathering of comprehensive pretreatment data, assessing treatment alternatives, weighing the evidence, and critically reviewing the decision and its consequences. 

Prof. Martyn Cobourne

Martyn Cobourne is Professor and Academic Head of Orthodontics in the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London. He graduated in Dentistry from King’s College London in 1990 and undertook orthodontic specialty training at King’s College Hospital (1994-97). He has published over 165 original articles and two successful orthodontic textbooks, Handbook of Orthodontics (now in a second edition) and Clinical Cases in Orthodontics. He was Director of Research at the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) (2012-16) and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthodontics. His research has won the BOS Chapman Prize four times (2014-19) and in 2019, he won the Dewel Award for the most outstanding clinical research article published in the AJODO. He is a full member of the USA Angle Society (North Atlantic Division) and Vice-Dean of the Board of Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


Using Your Fixed Appliance – Can you Reduce Treatment Time With Gimmick-Free Orthodontics?

There is currently significant interest amongst orthodontists and patients in reducing orthodontic treatment time, particularly when using fixed appliances. This has spurned an increasing number of adjunctive techniques designed to speed up tooth movement. These are wide-ranging but include different surgical procedures that can represent a significant level of clinical intervention. This lecture will discuss the evidence base relating to orthodontic tooth movement using data from a recent systematic review and discuss those factors that can influence how quickly teeth move with fixed appliances. We will then consider whether adjunctive techniques can really influence how fast teeth move over the longer-term and present some preliminary results from a randomized clinical trial investigating the impact of appointment intervals on tooth alignment. Finally, we will consider whether there are some less exotic techniques available to maximize orthodontic tooth movement and reduce treatment time when using a fixed appliance. What simple things can we do to minimize the length of time our patients have to wear their braces? All the data discussed in this lecture will be evidence-based.

Dr Jason Cope

Jason B. Cope received his DDS, Orthodontic Certificate, and PhD from Baylor College of Dentistry. He has published 32 journal articles, 36 book chapters, and two orthodontic textbooks. In addition, he has given over 320 presentations around the world. Dr. Cope’s private practice is located in Dallas, Texas, where he treats patients 3 days a week. Dr. Cope was a pioneer in the development of Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs). In 2003, he partnered with IMTEC Corp to develop the Ortho Implant, the first US manufactured orthodontic MiniScrew Implant (MSI). He coined the term Temporary Anchorage Devices and the nomenclature system used to describe the various TAD systems. He also developed the Cope Placement ProtocolTM, the first minimally invasive protocol utilizing drill-free MSI placement with topical anesthetic only. Other MSI protocols and products he developed include the biomechanically-oriented palatal approach to openbite closure, a patented openbite-closing transplatal arch, biomechanically-oriented molar protraction, the temporary replacement of missing lateral incisors in adolescents, a patented locking closed coil spring, as well as Class II and Class III distalization protocols. Most recently, Dr. Cope’s activities have been focused on the integration of digital 3D data into orthodontic workflows. A specific focus is merging the intraoral scan with CBCT data to create a functional working model for digital treatment planning and tooth movement in preparation for customized in-office aligner delivery and digitally-guided bonding (DGBTM) with the fabrication of directly printed bonding trays, thereby avoiding the traditional laboratory process.

The Digital Workflow for Making In-Office Aligners

Have you ever thought that doing in-office aligners is too much of a hassle or too expensive upfront to justify taking the leap? If you have, think again! Current technology provides today’s orthodontist everything they need to get started at historically low costs and manage their own aligner production facility with their own brand that represents and builds their own reputation instead of an outside lab’s brand. Modern software allows us to maintain quality, while considerably reducing the expense of outsourcing labwork and delaying treatment starts or refinements. This presentation will introduce the major steps of the Digital Workflow utilizing In-Office Aligner Fabrication as the example. We will also cover the basics of setting up a digital lab as well as 3D printing. Several clinical examples will be used to demonstrate which clinical cases are most appropriate for in-house aligners.

Prof. Marie Cornelis

Marie A Cornelis received both her dental degree (1999) and her postgraduate specialist degree in orthodontics (2003) from the University of Louvain, Belgium. In 2007, she was a Visiting Research scholar at the University of North Carolina, USA. She defended her PhD in Brussels in 2008. Between 2009 and 2014, she was Assistant Professor at the Department of Orthodontics of the University of Geneva, Switzerland. From 2014 to 2020, she was Associate Professor and Postgraduate Program Director of the Section of Orthodontics, Aarhus University, Denmark, and in 2015 she became Head of Section. At the same time, she maintained an active orthodontic practice in an interdisciplinary office in Geneva a few days per month. She is an Active Member of the Angle Society of Europe. In 2021, Marie became Head of Orthodontics at the Melbourne Dental School. Her research interests are focused on clinical orthodontics, mainly skeletal anchorage, digital workflows and stability/retention.

Bone anchored maxillary protraction: an update

In the last decade, growing patients with Class III malocclusion have been increasingly treated with bone-anchored maxillary protraction. Several protocols have been described, but they can generally be divided into two categories: 1) intermaxillary elastics are engaged on skeletal anchorage devices and on a facemask, with miniplates only in the maxilla and 2) class III elastics are engaged between skeletal anchorage in both maxilla and mandible, without the use of a facemask. The lecture will detail the different protocols used, and focus on the evidence available, comparing the clinical outcomes obtained with bone anchored maxillary protraction, with and without facemask.

Dr Oyku Dalci

Oyku is a Senior Lecturer and Orthodontic Course Coordinator at the University of Sydney, Department of orthodontics and paediatric Dentistry. She has completed her dental training in 2000 and her orthodontic training in 2007 in Turkey and moved to Australia in 2009. Her research interests include Class III orthopaedic treatment, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, orthodontic mini-screws,orthodontic tooth movement and root resorption. 

Contemporary Skeletal Class III Treatment

Skeletal Class III malocclusion is one of the most challenging orthodontic problems to treat. The most widely used conventional Class III orthopaedic treatment is face mask, which relies heavily on patient compliance, with varying degrees of success. Over the years many contemporary orthopaedic treatment methods have emerged to overcome the difficulty in managing skeletal Class III patients, directed at disarticulation of sutures, skeletal anchorage and patient compliance. This presentation is going to discuss the current evidence on these methods with a focus on intra-oral, mini-screw anchored orthopedic appliances. 



Prof. Ali Darendeliler

Dr Darendeliler is Professor and Chair of Orthodontic, Head of Discipline of Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry, at the University of Sydney. He received his dentistry training from the University of Istanbul and his PhD from the University of Gazi, in Turkey and his first specialist training in orthodontics from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and the High Education Council, Turkey. He has undertaken duties as a clinical instructor, research and postgraduate coordinator at the University of Geneva, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Research Professor at the University of Southern California. He received distinguished Service Award and Long Service and R. Begg Award from the Australian Society of Orthodontics. He also received the Sheldon Friel Memorial Lecture award, highest recognition from the European Orthodontic Society and awarded for his significant scientific contribution. He lectured in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Accelerated Orthodontic Tooth Movement; Do we need external Aids?

The only way to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement is to accelerate bone resorption via biological response from the periodontal ligament in response to mechanical loading. In fact the question to be asked is :“Can we accelerate bone resorption ?” Multiple methods, including drugs and external stimuli were tested over the years at the University of Sydney. Some methods were promoted by companies usually with little or no evidence.
The lecture will address all available methods utilised to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement, discussing results of experimental studies, their clinical significance and whether these methods can cause any harm to dental structures.

Prof. Mauro Farella

Mauro Farella is Professor and Chair of Orthodontics at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he also serves as Director of the Research Programme in Craniofacial Research. He holds a DDS Degree (University of Naples, 1993), a PhD in Oral Sciences (University of Reggio Calabria, 1999), a Specialist Degree in Orthodontics (University of Naples, 2002), a Specialist Degree in Medical Statistics (University of Milan, 2007), and the “Venia Legendi” in Switzerland (University of Zürich, 2009). He has also been awarded Certified Membership of the European Board of Orthodontists (Helsinki, Finland, 2009). His current research interests include craniofacial growth, clinical research, and biomechanics in orthodontics. In addition, Mauro Farella is a widely recognized expert in jaw function, bruxism, and temporomandibular joint research. Mauro Farella has published numerous (>150) original articles in peer-reviewed international journals, He was recently on the Editorial Board of the “Journal of Dental Research”, and is currently on that of the “Journal of Oral Rehabilitation”. He has lectured around the world and is an active member of many associations. He is the recipient of several national and international research prizes, such as the Alan Docking Award from the International Association for Dental Research and the Sir John Walsh Award, to acknowledge the excellence achieved in dental research.

Otago Clinical Pearls: A Critical Review of Orthodontic Cases treated at the University of Otago


Prof. Padhraig Fleming

Padhraig Fleming is Professor, Consultant and Postgraduate Training Lead in Orthodontics at the Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. Padhraig also works in private practice in the West End of London on a part-time basis. He is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, British Dental Journal, Journal of Dentistry and Progress in Orthodontics and is on the editorial board of numerous other journals. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and has received numerous research awards including the Turpin Award from the AAO in 2021 and both the Chapman Prize from the British Orthodontic Society and the B.F. and Helen E. Dewel Award from the AAO on two occasions. He has co-authored three successful orthodontic textbooks: ‘Clinical Cases in Orthodontics’, ‘Functional Appliances: Theory and Practice’ and in 2019 ‘Fixed Orthodontic Appliances: A practical guide’.

Orthodontic Retention: Not letting go?

While there is widespread acceptance of the necessity for indefinite retention to mitigate post-treatment change, there has been relatively little prospective research concerning the relative effectiveness of fixed and removable retention protocols in the longer term.

Prolonged outcomes with fixed and removable regimes will be discussed on the basis of a recent randomised controlled trial with 4-year follow-up. Patient experiences associated with retention, including factors influencing compliance with removable retention will also be presented.

Finally, iatrogenic effects associated with fixed retention will be considered. Practical solutions to mitigate these potential issues will be presented coupled with illustration of techniques used to manage particularly unstable situations.

Prof. Carlos Flores Mir

Born and raised in Lima, Peru. Dental and orthodontic training at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru. Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta in Canada.

Associate orthodontist in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Full professor at the University of Alberta in Canada.
Interim Orthodontic Graduate Program Director & Associate Chair, Graduate Studies School of Dentistry at the University of Alberta in Canada
More than 150 invited speaking engagements
Associate editor of several major orthodontic journals
More than 350 peer-reviews publications H-index 40

How long is too much? The minor’s experience

Class III malocclusion, when identified early, presents to us a significant dilemma: To treat or not to treat? The unpredictability of mandibular growth makes it challenging to have a high degree of certainty on the likely outcome of early intervention. Nevertheless, the potential of minimizing the perceived need for future orthognathic surgery is a carrot that very few parents would not seriously contemplate. This short presentation will showcase two cases managed with a skeletal anchorage that could be considered successful after a long winding journey. In both cases, knowing what they now know, the now adolescents would have preferred the late intervention, including surgery. An analysis of pertinent related published evidence will be presented as well as the discussion of the burden of care concept and our understanding of informed consent processes with minors. This talk may challenge your perception of the timing of what you are currently doing. To treat or not to treat is the question.

Dr Lorenz Franchi

Dr. Lorenzo Franchi received his dental education at the Dental School of the University of Florence, Italy. He completed his PhD in Preventive Orthodontics at the Department of Orthodontics of the University of Florence in 1997. Dr. Franchi is presently Associate Professor, Director of the Postgraduate Orthodontic Program and Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Florence, Italy, and “Thomas M. Graber Visiting Scholar”, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S. He has published extensively in the international literature, and he has lectured at international meetings and symposiums. He is currently member of the Editorial Board of the Angle Orthodontist and Associate Editor of the European Journal of Orthodontics and Progress in Orthodontics.

Factors to increase the efficacy of Class II and Class III treatment

This lecture will analyze patient-related factors that can help the clinician to improve the efficacy and efficiency of Class II and Class III treatment independently from the type of appliance. Two such factors are the timing of treatment and individual patient responsiveness. Functional appliances used for the treatment of Class II malocclusion are effective in altering short-and long-term mandibular growth and mandibular sagittal position if active treatment includes the pubertal growth spurt. Optimal timing for Class III malocclusion occurs during the prepubertal phases of development when the circummaxillary sutures offer less resistance to maxillary protraction compared to the pubertal phase. To predict individual patient responsiveness for both Class II and Class III treatment, mandibular morphology should be evaluated.


Dr Elissa Freer

Elissa graduated from the University of Queensland in Dentistry in 1988 and went on to complete her specialist orthodontic training there in 1997. She has worked in private orthodontic practice since 1998 and currently works at Brisbane Orthodontics.

She is a senior lecturer in orthodontics at the University of Queensland where she has been on staff for 11 years. Elissa is involved in both undergraduate teaching and running the post-graduate orthodontic training program.   She is currently involved in student research projects on the accuracy of Invisalign treatments, efficiency of remote monitoring of Invisalign patients and orthodontic treatment need within the public health system. Her interests include fishing, spending time at the beach, bushwalking and bird watching.

Research applications of 3D metrology software to assess aligner treatment outcomes

The use of metrology software has been shown to have an application in aligner research to quantify treatment changes by looking at shortfalls in planned tooth movements. A detailed analysis of individual tooth movement shortfalls between predicted and actual outcomes is possible using the applications of this technology. Advantages include provision of highly accurate analysis without the need for additional radiation associated with imaging such as CBCT.

Malocclusions treated with aligners often fall in the mild to moderate categories of severity. As such traditional methods of evaluating orthodontic treatment outcomes such as the PAR index, which measure the difference between the post-treatment and pre-treatment scores, may not be the most  meaningful method for evaluating treatment results and specifically which tooth movements have not expressed as planned.

Metrology software has been widely used for the assessment of 3D tooth models generated from intraoral scans. GeomagicRControl X™ software (3D systems, NC, USA) has been utilised in recent studies for the assessment of planned changes in overbite, labio-lingual crown angulation, incisor rotations, occlusal contacts and in the curves of Spee and Wilson.

Models of the same arch taken at different time points can be superimposed using GeomagicR Control X™ software to assess the precision by which the achieved outcome matched the intended outcome as prescribed using the pretreatment digital plan. Digital models can be analysed using direct measurement of differences, by qualitative visual comparison of superimposed models, 2D slices and 3D heat maps

Dr Chinar Goel

Dr Chinar Goel is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has been working in this position for last 10yrs and has worked in various leadership positions as Deputy Associate Medical Director of her Hospital Trust in UK, Head of Department for Psychiatry in a Tertiary Hospital in Perth and currently Head of Department for Psychiatry in local Tertiary Women’s hospital and Clinical Lead with St John of God Murdoch private hospital overseeing the opening of new 72 bedded private mental health hospital. She is trained in UK and has worked there as Consultant Psychiatrist for 4yrs before moving to Perth. Her area of interest is Youth Mental health especially managing pervasive developmental disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and personality disorders. Over years, she has developed great interest in Young people with Autism Spectrum disorders and co-morbid mental health issues and how services can work together to improve their Quality of life.

In addition to Youth, Dr Goel continues to manage and treat adults with mental health issues.

An Empathic Endeavour: Looking after young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum disorder has about 1% prevalence rate. Due to increased awareness amongst professionals, reduced stigma amongst families and availability of reliable diagnostic tests, it has become more common and we as clinicians have been hearing and seeing young people with Autism more often than ever. I will present on this very important subject: Autism Spectrum Disorders, to help audience understand about this condition, how it can affect their interactions with this population group and their carers and how it can affect the treatment that is being offered in the clinics.

In addition, I will share the early work that I will start with University of Western Australia, School of Orthodontics, to improve the experience of individuals with Autism Spectrum disorders coming to their clinics.

Dr. Shaun Goh

 Dr. Shaun Goh completed his BDS and honours degrees from the University of Adelaide in 2012. He worked in Byron Bay and Gold Coast for 6 years before returning to Adelaide to begin his DClinDent in orthodontics in 2019. His research supervisors were Dr. Tony Weir and Professor Craig Dreyer. They noticed that despite clear aligners’ popularity, there was little to no evidence behind many clinical claims and currently no studies which investigated the arch levelling predictabilities. With access to a large private practitioners database of over 4,000 cases managed by Tony, we began research to bridge this evidence gap. Shaun is due to complete his DClinDent in 2021. His two research papers were accepted by the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and will be published in 2022 and 2023. His research has also won the University of Adelaide award for the best DClinDent research presentation. In 2022, Shaun will be catching up on precious time with his young family and will also take the leap into a start-up orthodontic practice in Adelaide.

Mandibular arch levelling and transverse control with Invisalign

Clear aligner therapy is undergoing increasing utilisation in both specialist and general dental practices. Recent studies have started to investigate the predictability of occlusal corrections with the Invisalign appliance. Overbite, Class II and finishing corrections are highly dependent on arch levelling and transverse control. I will present our retrospective study from the University of Adelaide investigating Invisalign’s predictability for mandibular curve of Spee levelling and transverse arch control with a discussion on areas where clinicians could improve its predictability.



Dr Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton BDSc, DCD, FRACDS is the Discipline lead in Prosthodontics at the University of Western Australia. He is the former director of the Division of Regenerative Sciences and Implant Dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where he is still a lecturer for the advanced graduate implant dentistry program. He completed his general dental education at the University of Western Australia and has a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry in the specialty of Prosthodontics from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the International Team for Implantology (ITI). He was the recipient of an ITI scholarship through which he completed a Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Florida’s Center for Implant Dentistry. His research focuses are on implant placement and loading protocols, the impact of digital technology in prosthodontics and implant dentistry, as well as digital workflows for implant rehabilitation of the edentulous patient. He maintains a clinical practice focusing on prosthodontic and surgical implant treatment.

Digital Pathways in Implant Dentistry – Clinical Considerations when Moving into the Digital Realm

The evolution of digital technology in implant dentistry is developing at a rapid pace. The mainstream availability of three dimensional imaging with CBCT has been a turning point in providing safety and predictability in dento-alveolar surgery, as well as providing a platform for restorative input into the treatment planning process. This has been followed by a surge in the fields of virtual implant planning, digital intra-oral scanning, 3D printing and CAD/CAM restorations. However, is this technology absolutely necessary? And are we utilizing it to its full potential?

This lecture will explore the various technologies which can be integrated into the digital implant workflow with a clinical and evidenced-based approach to the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Prof. Jim Hartsfield

Dr. James “Jim” Hartsfield is the E. Preston Hicks Endowed Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and holds adjunct or visiting appointments at the University of Western Australia Dental School, Indiana University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and the American Board of Medical Genetics; and past president of the Midwest component of the EH Angle Society. Dr. Hartsfield is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and American Board of Medical Genetics, and a Founding Fellow in the American College of Medical Genetics. He practiced medical genetics and orthodontics until retiring from clinical practice to focus on consultation regarding patients who have dental, oral or craniofacial concerns with a developmental/genetic component, and research into the genetic factors that affect these developmental concerns.

The Future of Genetic Testing in Orthodontics

Thousands of genes are listed in the US NIH Genetic Testing Registry and Australian Genomics Health Alliance “PanelApp Australia”, while there are only 73 genes on the American College of Medical Genetics minimum list of genes that should be evaluated in individuals undergoing clinical exomic or genomic sequencing based on the medical actionability of the associated condition. The various types of gene tests and the different types of data they are based on will be discussed, and why are there so many gene tests with so few that are on the ACMG list. This discussion will be extended to conditions that may be encountered in orthodontics practice based on current data, including primary failure of eruption, and skeletal malocclusion. A proposal for research into developing future genetic testing in orthodontics and assessment of its clinical effectiveness will be given.

Prof. Sunil Kapila

Dr. Sunil Kapila is Professor and Eugene E. West Endowed Chair of Orthodontics at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He obtained his dental degree at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, an MS in orthodontics at University of Oklahoma as a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, and a PhD in Oral Biology from UCSF. Dr. Kapila is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Kapila has received several research and clinical awards including the American Association for Dental Research’s Hatton Award, the American Association of Orthodontist’s (AAO) Milo Hellman Award, and the B.F. Dewel Honorary Research Award from the AAO Foundation. He has also been recognized for his contributions to orthodontics as the 2013 AAO Jacob A. Salzmann Lecturer. Dr. Kapila’s NIH-funded research focuses on the hormonal basis for TMJ degeneration and periodontal bone biology. Besides authoring numerous manuscripts and chapters, he has published two textbooks “Current Therapy in Orthodontics” and “Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Orthodontics.” 

Virtual Collaborative Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning

In the current era that necessitates minimizing direct contact with patients and colleagues, virtual treatment planning and consultations are becoming increasingly important in health care delivery. Additionally, virtual planning can be highly beneficial for patient’s with complex treatment needs.  In his presentation, Dr. Kapila will discuss the use of 3D segmented models derived from CBCT in virtual planning orthodontic and interdisciplinary treatments involving restorative, implant, surgical, tooth retrieval and other complex procedures across disciplines. The software platform utilized lends itself to concurrent virtual treatment planning with other providers and virtual consultations with patients- an approach that is highly pertinent in the era of COVID-19. Further, the use of this virtual interdisciplinary platform not only enhances the precision and customization of care but contributes to increased efficiency and outcomes of treatment. These reasons make the 3D virtual interdisciplinary treatment planning approach an important and an increasingly integral part of individualized therapy in complex orthodontic and interdisciplinary care.

Prof. Bernard Koong

Bernard is a founding partner of Envision Medical Imaging in Western Australia, a fully comprehensive radiology practice. He holds the position of Clinical Professor at The University of Western Australia. He has a long history of teaching oral and maxillofacial radiology at several universities, including The University of Western Australia, The university of Sydney, The University of Hong Kong and Griffith University. It included the provision of the radiology course for the Masters Degree programme in implantology developed by the internationally renowned Prof Klaus Lang. He also contributes to training the Western Australian radiology registrars of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

As an invited speaker, Bernard has presented more than 120 lectures to the dental and medical professions across Australia and also in the USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, Hong Kong (SAR, China) and New Zealand. He was Vice Chairman and member of the Scientific Committee of the 33rd ADA Congress.

Bernard is author of the Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (Wiley-Blackwell 2017). He is also author of the radiology chapter of the 6th edition of Lindhe and Lang’s Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). He is a contributing author for Zygomatic Implants (Springer 2020) and the Glossary of Preventive Dentistry and Periodontology (Quintessence Publishing 2015). Bernard has also authored several other publications, including articles for various professional Australian and international organisations, which includes a radiology guide for the Australian Dental Association (2019). Bernard was the inaugaural President of the Australian Academy of Dento-maxillofacial Radiology. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Clinical Oral Implant Research journal.

The only North American qualified oral and maxillofacial radiologist in Australia, Bernard completed his specialist training with the world renowned Professor Michael Pharoah at the University of Toronto, where he was the first oral and maxillofacial radiology registrar to win the prestigious Harron Award and Scholarship. It included training at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto.

Otago Clinical Pearls: A Critical Review of Orthodontic Cases treated at the University of Otago


Dr Neal Kravitz

Dr. Kravitz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, member of the Edward Angle Honor Society, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.  Dr. Kravitz is a graduate of Columbia University and received his D.M.D. and the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a prolific writer for numerous journals.  Dr. Kravitz lectures throughout the country and internationally on treatment planning, biomechanics, practice management, and ethics, quickly building a reputation as one of the country’s most dynamic speakers.

Esthetic steps for canine-lateral substitutions

Maxillary lateral agenesis in the permanent dentition occurs in 2% of the population, and canine-substitution is common treatment option, particularly for the adolescent patient. Despite the lasting benefits of canine substitution, these cases often have compromised esthetic results. This fun and face paced presentation will review clinical pearls to enhance the esthetics of the canine-lateral substitution smile. We will review important topics such as case selection, bracket positioning, torque, finishing bends, cosmetic bonding, and retention. 


  • Discover which brackets provide the best torque for the canine
  • Master esthetic positioning of the canine and first premolar
  • Learn finishing technique with wire bends

Dr Jonathan Lam

Born and raised in Sydney, Jonathan completed a Bachelor of Dental Science degree from Charles Sturt University in 2014. He then worked as a general dentist in Sydney’s CBD and Bowral. He completed the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeon’s primary examination with commendation in 2016 and the final examination in 2018. In 2020, Jonathan commenced postgraduate orthodontic studies at the University of Queensland. His research project is a randomised controlled trial with Dr Peter Miles investigating the impact of Dental Monitoring™ on the efficiency of clear aligner therapy.

Impact of Dental Monitoring™ on efficiency of clear aligner therapy

Clear aligner therapy has become a major part of the modern orthodontist’s armamentarium. The success of clear aligner therapy is critically dependent on meticulous monitoring to verify orthodontic tooth movement is tracking as programmed with the sequence of aligners. A novel remote monitoring system called Dental Monitoring™ claims to improve treatment efficiency and outcomes of clear aligner therapy. This presentation will explore the concept of remote monitoring and discuss the evidence regarding the impact of the Dental Monitoring™ when used with clear aligner therapy. I will also present the findings from a randomised controlled trial investigating the effect of Dental Monitoring™ on the efficiency of clear aligner therapy, compared to the standard monitoring procedure of regularly attended clinical appointments.


Dr Shane Langley, DMD, MS USA

Dr. Langley’s speaking interests include the use of TADs to aid in the successful treatment of complex malocclusions, the bio-mechanical techniques and principles that accompany treatment with TADs, non-compliance correction of various malocclusions, and aesthetic orthodontics. Dr. Langley has practiced orthodontics full time in Daphne, Alabama, since 2009 and has served various positions on the faculty of the orthodontic department at the University of Alabama.

Aligner Therapy Not Your Oyster? Tune into a breakfast webinar on Saturday 12th March for tips on how to turn your aligner cases into pearls

In this lecture Dr. Langley will share his strategy of biomechanics principles for treating complex cases with aligner therapy.  You will discover how he achieves clinical success by viewing his treatment designs as a force system with a thoughtful treatment plan. In depth Class II deep bites and high gingival display cases as examples will be examined with actionable clinical pearls to bring back to your practice.


Dr Igor Lavrin

Dr. Igor Lavrin completed a 3 year Orthodontic Specialist Programme and Master’s at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, USA. He is in private Orthodontic practice with his wife, Dr. Sarah Lawrence in Melbourne, Australia at Lavrin & Lawrence Orthodontics. He has been invited to lecture at various international orthodontic conferences and universities in Australia, Canada, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Fiji and in the US including a number of annual sessions for The American Association of Orthodontists.

Dr. Lavrin completed his Invisalign training at Harvard and subsequently went on to become one of the first Invisalign doctors in Australia. His practice has Invisalign Black Diamond status.

He is a past Federal Treasurer of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, past President of the Australasian Society of Lingual Orthodontists and current Victorian Councillor for the Australian Society of Orthodontists. Dr. Lavrin is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics at the University of Western Australia and contributes to the teaching programme in the Orthodontic Department at the University of Melbourne.

Plastic fantastic: university aligner research in a private orthodontic setting

A university setting can sometimes have limited data for research so partnering with private orthodontic practice can be beneficial. Both the University of Western Australia and University of Melbourne have worked with Lavrin and Lawrence Orthodontics in Melbourne with a number of studies including aligners and plaque, post orthodontic retainers, comparing outcomes between fixed orthodontic appliances and aligners and expansion with aligners. A brief review of these studies will be made.

Dr Sarah Lawrence

Dr Sarah Lawrence originally grew up in New Zealand and graduated from dentistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Dr Lawrence completed her three-year specialist Orthodontic training at the University of Melbourne in 2003. Since then she has worked in partnership with her husband, Dr Igor Lavrin as well as in the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She is also a Clinical tutor for Postgraduate Orthodontic students at the University of Melbourne. She is a Clinical Consultant and speaker for Invisalign in the Asia-Pacific region. She has a keen interest in Invisalign treatment and has been using the appliance for over 15 years and has treated over 1000 cases.

Digital treatment planning to treat complex Class III cases with aligners.

Digital treatment planning is a valuable tool in the planning of orthodontic tooth movement. This is especially so in Class III occlusions where the control of the vertical, anterior-posterior, transverse and angulation of the anterior teeth is crucial. Aligner treatment has become a favoured orthodontic appliance by both patients for their great aesthetics and comfort, but also for the Orthodontist as they offer excellent control of tooth movement. This lecture will outline the treatment of a number of different Class III cases using the Invisalign appliance.


Dr Kee-Joon Lee

Dr Kee-Joon Lee is currently a Professor for the Department of Orthodontics at Yonsei University, Korea. He is also recognised as a:

  • Visiting scholar, Dept of Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania (2002~2004)
  • Adjunct professor, Department of Orthodontics, University of Pennsylvania (2010~2011, 2016~2019), Temple University (2010~2011)
  • Visiting Scholar, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (2010~2011)

Total arch intrusion for hyperdivergent Class II face: an alternative to conventional orthopedics

Vertical excess of the facial dimension is common and can be expressed in various ways-gummy smile, lip incompetency and/or retrusive mandible. Due to the genetic nature of the vertical growth, however, it has been recognized as very challenging to correct the hyperdivergent face. A latest meta-analysis revealed the lack of clinical evidence in the vertical control using conventional appliances including high pull head gear. In contrast, our recent clinical & experimental studies revealed the possibility of total arch movement according to the force direction with regard to the estimated center of resistance of entire dental arch. Therefore, replacement of orthopedics using reliable total arch intrusion using miniscrews is inspiring. In this session, the biomechanics, clinical effects and stability of vertical control using total arch intrusion will be explained in the aspects of etiology, protocols and stability in Class II, III and asymmetry cases. Additionally, the rationale and possibilities of radical root movement of lower incisors leading to ‘symphyseal remodeling’ in children with hyperdivergent face will be demonstrated


Prof. Steven Lindauer

Dr. Steven J. Lindauer attended the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, earning a DMD in 1986 and a MDentSc degree and Certificate in Orthodontics in 1989. Dr. Lindauer is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthodontics at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of the International College and American College of Dentists.  He is a past-President of the North Atlantic Component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists and is Executive Secretary of the Virginia Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation. Dr. Lindauer is the Editor of The Angle Orthodontist and also serves on the Editorial Board of Seminars in Orthodontics. He has published more than 80 scientific research articles and book chapters and has made numerous presentations worldwide.

What drives the future of orthodontics?

The world is changing rapidly and Orthodontics is evolving along with it. The pace of change has left many orthodontists feeling uncertain and perhaps even afraid of what the future will hold. Technological advancement, economic pressures, increased competition, chatter from social media and shifts in marketing all help to accelerate change. It is clearly established that most patients seek orthodontic treatment because they want their teeth and their smile to look better. Social pressures shape the perceptions of patients as to how they should be treated and consequently act to influence how we treat patients. Is it appropriate to set goals for orthodontic treatment if there are no confirmed detrimental effects caused by not meeting them? What do our patients expect from the orthodontic treatment they voluntarily seek, and how willing are they to accept compromises? The answers to these questions may very well shape the future of orthodontics as we adapt to a changing environment.

Dr Jane McCarthy

 Dr McCarthy graduated BDS(Hons) from Sydney University in 1984.  After several years as a general dentist in Victoria and lecturing in Restorative Dentistry at UWA she completed her specialist training in Periodontics at Melbourne University in 1993. Jane spent 1994 and 95 as a Post-doctoral Fellow in Periodontics at Indiana University USA. On returning to WA Jane established Applecross Periodontics providing specialist periodontal care for over 25 years.  Involved in undergraduate and post graduate teaching she has presented to a broad variety of audiences on periodontics and oral health including dentists and dental specialists, hygienists, dental assistants, medical practitioners and specialists, nurses and allied health professionals as well as the general public nationally and internationally. She is currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Conscious Sedation and Pain Control at the University of Sydney and holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer role at the Oral Health Centre of UWA in Perth.  Recently she presented at the Sri Lankan Orthodontic Society Conference in February 2020 and virtually at the Asia Pacific dental Conference in 2021 on Gingival Grafting and Periodontic/Orthodontic relationships. You can listen to a Regional ABC Interview with Dr McCarthy recorded in 2015 as part of the Dr Who Series on periodontal disease and risk factors, symptoms and treatment. Her special interests include paediatric periodontics, treatment of periodontal diseases, gingival recession, periodontal plastic surgery especially gingival grafting and pre-orthodontic surgery.

Long Haul Gum Grafts

Maintenance of periodontal attachment underpins successful orthodontic treatment.  Periodontal attachment loss, presenting as gingival recession, can occur rapidly especially in patients with a thin phenotype, with a lack of attached gingiva and high frenal attachments.  Thorough pre-orthodontic periodontal risk assessment is essential and referral for gingival augmentation at certain sites can predictably prevent attachment loss.  Should attachment loss occur during or post orthodontic treatment, certain gingival grafting procedures can offer long term solutions for root coverage.  Not all patients with thin tissue require gingival augmentation.  Not all teeth are equally susceptible to attachment loss occurring.  Those sites at greatest risk of recession following predicted orthodontic tooth movements and arch expansion should be considered for pre-orthodontic grafting.

This presentation will answer

  • Which patients and which sites are at risk?
  • What happens if you do not graft?
  • Is gingival grafting necessary and which technique will provide the best solution?
  • Do grafts last and provide benefit in the long term, beyond completion of the orthodontic treatment?

Dr Peter Miles

In-House aligners – Opening move to end game

In this presentation, we will go through the design, of clear aligners for in-house fabrication. We will then cover in detail the process of 3D printing using the SprintRay Pro 3D printer and in-house manufacture of clear aligners for patient wear. We will also cover recommended materials for the fabrication of clear aligners. Peter has been designing and manufacturing in-house aligners for four years and has been exclusively using in-house aligners in his office since March 2020.



Prof. Keiji Moriyama

Professor Keiji Moriyama graduated from School of Dentistry, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan, in 1986, and completed his PhD degree in the 2nd Department of Orthodontics at TMDU in 1990. He continued research as Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, USA from 1992-1994. He was appointed as Professor and Chairman of Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, The University of Tokushima Graduate School from 1998 and is currently Professor and Chairman, Department of Maxillofacial Orthognathics (2007-present) at TMDU, and is also serving as President of Japanese Orthodontic Society.

His main research interests are 1) orthodontic and orthognathic treatment for the patients complexed with congenital anomalies or jaw deformities, 2) bone remodeling during craniofacial growth and development under physiological and pathological conditions.

3D evaluation of the tongue and oral cavity before and after orthognathic surgery for mandibular prognathism

The ratio of the tongue volume (TV) to the oral cavity capacity (OCC) was recognized to be an important factor for the maintenance of a stable dental arch shape and proper occlusion. However, the volumetric changes of the oral cavity including the tongue before and after surgery has yet to be fully elucidated. TV and OCC have been successfully measured by cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) although its drawback is radiation exposure of the patients. Therefore, we developed a method to evaluate the morphological and volumetric changes of the tongue and the oral cavity following orthognathic surgery by using a vinyl polysiloxane impression method (VPS method). With this method, morphological evaluation of the tongue and oral cavity could be performed at any stage of the surgical-orthodontic treatment with no concern about radiation exposure.  More recently, we established a method to visualize the changes of the tongue movement before and after orthognathic surgery in patients with mandibular prognathism by superimposing ultrasound video imaging and lateral cephalogram.  In this presentation, evaluation of the changes of the tongue posture and movement in the oral cavity before and after orthognathic surgery for mandibular prognathism with non-radiological techniques will be discussed.

Dr Steven Naoum

Dr Steven Naoum is a specialist orthodontist from Perth, Western Australia, receiving both his general dental training and specialist orthodontic training at the University of Western Australia. From 2008 to 2014, Dr Naoum held a full-time academic position at The University of Sydney within the Department of Restorative Dentistry. During his time in Sydney, Dr Naoum completed both a degree in theology and his PhD, in which he investigated the effectiveness of fluoride-releasing resin composites, as well as holding the role of Oral Health Lead within The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. Currently, Dr Naoum holds a Senior Lecturer position at the University of Western Australia within the Discipline of Orthodontics in addition to working in private practice. Dr Naoum has published several papers in peer reviewed journals and is the Western Australian representative on the ASOFRE committee. In October 2021, Dr Naoum was inducted into the International College of Dentists.

Clear aligners – Are we there yet?

In a time of uncertainty, one aspect of orthodontic practice that is guaranteed, is the increasing use of clear aligners as a treatment modality. However, because of the continual development of digital orthodontics and the ever increasing number of clear aligner supply companies, it is hard to keep pace as to what is best practice. This is particularly true as we function in an environment where clear aligner product changes/commercial changes outpace the generation of research assessing treatment efficacy. This presentation provides a brief summary of the current evidence on the efficacy and efficiency of orthodontic treatment using clear aligners. The intention of this presentation is to facilitate evidence based practice by clinicians who employ clear aligners in their “day to day” treatment of patients.

Nicole Ogilvie

I have been a Dental Therapist specialising in Orthodontics since 1987.
I work for Dr Howard Holmes (currently the federal president of the ASO 2020-2022).
I also won the South West small business awards in 2018 in Retail for a small business that I had for 5 years.
My years in small business exposed me to the power of social media and how it can help grow a successful business. 

Social Media in Orthodontics

I am going to share quick and easy tips on creating social media posts for orthodontic clinics. 

Dr Alexandra Papadopoulou

Dr Alexandra K. Papadopoulou is a full-time senior academic staff member of the Division of Orthodontics, University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Orthodontics of the University of Sydney, where she previously served for seven years as a full-time academic staff. Dr Papadopoulou received her Dental Degree, Specialty Degree in Oral Surgery, Implantology and Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, Specialty Degree in Orthodontics and PhD from the Faculty of Dentistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She also completed a 2-year Fellowship in the Department of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Dr Papadopoulou has supervised several DClinDent (Orthodontics) Theses and Higher Research Degree projects. She has published numerous research papers in high impact, peer-reviewed journals and received prizes for her contribution to the specialty’s research. Her main research interests focus on the efficacy of dentofacial orthopaedic treatment, skeletal anchorage devices, the biology of orthodontic tooth movement, obstructive sleep apnoea and airway effects of orthodontic treatment.

Anatomic assessment and functional simulation of the upper airways in the digital era; what can we achieve with Rapid Maxillary Expansion (RME)?

Rapid maxillary expansion (RME) is used to treat transverse maxillary deficiencies imparting significant skeletal and dentoalvoelar effects. RME treatment and its impact on the upper airways has received increased interest showing positive effects on its dimensions and function. Several RME designs have been implemented to enhance the desirable effects in both skeletal and airway parameters while reducing dentoalveolar side effects such as tooth tipping and alveolar bending. The upper airway has been traditionally measured by orthodontists using 2D lateral cephalograms with the inherent limitations. Advances in 3D imaging have allowed better visualization and reliable analysis. The aim of this presentation is to discuss the upper airway anatomical and nasal ventilation changes induced by RME using current technological advances in the imaging and assessment of the upper airway areas of interest. The correlations between anatomical and functional breathing changes as well as the resolution of upper airway obstructions will be related to different RME appliance designs anchored either on teeth or alternatively on temporary anchorage devices (TADs).

A/Prof. Glenn Sameshima

Dr. Glenn T. Sameshima  DDS PhD is Chairman and Program Director of the Advanced Orthodontic Program at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA, where he holds the rank of associate professor with tenure.  He received his BS in mathematics from UCLA, DDS from UC San Francisco, and certificate in Orthodontics and PhD in Craniofacial Biology from USC.  Glenn has served on the PCSO Board of Directors, been a Consultant to the ADA Committee on Accreditation, and Chair of the AAO Council on Education. He is recognized worldwide as an authority on orthodontic root resorption and his book Clinical Management of Root Resorption is the first ever written on the subject. A Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Sameshima is an active clinician with over 30 years’ experience in his own private practice in Torrance, California.

Root Resorption: A 2022 Update for The Clinician 

This presentation will answer the six most commonly asked questions about root resorption and orthodontics: 

  1. Should I move teeth with short roots? 
  2. Can I predict which patients are at risk of severe external apical root resorption (EARR?) 
  3. What do I do when I see EARR at progress? 
  4. Is there less resorption with new techniques and devices such as clear aligners? 
  5. What does root resorption look like on a cone beam CT scan? 
  6. What happens to teeth with short roots long term – are they at risk of eventually falling out?

The answers to these important questions will be provided by the author of the only book solely dedicated to orthodontic root resorption in this fast-paced presentation.

Ihsan Savran

Ihsan graduated from the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics) at the University of Sydney in 2021. Prior to his postgraduate studies, he completed a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) while conducting a study on paediatric sleep apnoea, respiratory muscle strength and exercise tolerance. During his Bachelor of Dentistry (Honours) degree, he also conducted research in orthodontics. 

Can Maxillary Sinus and Airway Volumes Predict Mandibular Advancement Splint Response in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Patients?

Mandibular advancement splint therapy is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), however difficulties in predicting treatment response is a challenge to its use. Recent literature has highlighted that the volume of the maxillary sinuses and nasal airway are associated with OSA severity. This presentation will describe a retrospective study conducted to assess whether maxillary sinus and airway volumes can predict mandibular advancement splint response in OSA patients. 

Soon Leng Saw

Sumit Yadav is an Associate Professor in University of Connecticut did his Dental and Orthodontic training in India, PhD at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA. Subsequently, his did Orthodontic training from UConn. He has p

Soon Leng Saw is a 3rd year DCD Orthodontic student at the University of Western Australia. Soon Leng received her dental degree in University of Malaya, Malaysia and was awarded the University Book Prize and Malaysian Association of Aesthetic Dentistry (MAAD) award in 2009. She received the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh in 2013.

The Evaluation of the Midpalatal Suture with Cone Beam Computed Tomography

The objective of this study was to assess the maturational process of the midpalatal suture using CBCT to validate the previous classification study. Methods: Cone-beam computed tomography scans of 210 patients of both sexes, aged 3 and above were evaluated using the Midpalatal Suture Maturation Stage and a newly proposed systematic method was developed with the dental maxillofacial radiologists, Clinical Professor Bernard Koong and Dr Dayea Oh.


Dr Nicole Scheffler

Dr. Nicole Scheffler received her dental and orthodontic training from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She practices full-time in Boone and North Wilkesboro, NC, USA and is a Diplomate of The American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Scheffler developed AOA’s AOB Splint and helped develop Ormco’s VectorTAS miniscrew system. She has lectured internationally and continues to teach at the University of North Carolina about TADs. She is involved in several research projects on anterior open bites, has published many articles and received the Dewel Clinical Research Award for the best clinical research publication in 2015.

Anterior Open Bytes: New Techniques to Closing Anterior Open Bites using TADs and Aligners

With advances in TADs and clear aligner therapy, orthodontists have more options to treat anterior open bite and vertical maxillary excess patients. This lecture will focus on the mechanics and results using clear aligners with or without TADs to treat the vertical dimension of these difficult types of malocclusions. The stability and retention to control the vertical will be covered. The results and stability of closing anterior open bites using clear aligners with TADs vs fixed appliances with TADs vs surgery will also be compared.

Dr. Junji Sugawara

Recent Sendai Surgery First – Based on 18 years of experience.

It’s been 18 years since our team first started practicing what has become known as Sendai Surgery First (SSF). In this lecture, I will introduce recent cases in the context of the latest SSF protocol to show how we have improved over time since the early days of SSF.

1) It is no longer necessary to wear brackets and surgical wires before surgery. In the past, brackets and surgical wires were used to ensure the stability of bone segments and TMJ after jaw surgery. However, at present, intermaxillary elastics traction is provided after surgery by adhering simple hooks to the lateral teeth. This makes it extremely easy to clean teeth immediately after surgery and has greatly improved comfort.

2) The period of time patients are required to wear a surgical splint has been significantly reduced. Recently, the splint is removed between 3 and 14 days after surgery and resin build-up is performed on the molars to establish posterior support. When the surgical splint is removed, the brackets are bonded.

3) We initiate postoperative correction as soon as possible with the use of RAP & SAP. It has been clearly demonstrated that RAP & SAP activates bone metabolism immediately after surgery. Because this accelerates tooth movement, we start postsurgical orthodontics as soon as it is possible.

4) Clear aligners are now an option for postoperative correction. If the patient so desires, the brackets are removed and the switched to a clear aligner is made 3 to 6 months after the operation.



Nigel Tye

Served in the British RAF for 25 years as a Medic, working in primary & secondary care. Specialising in Aeromed Evacuation, he managed the Aeromed reception hospital for 5 years receiving all injured service personnel worldwide during the height of congruent conflicts, receiving approximately 220 severe Multi trauma casualties monthly. My team of 12 ran a 24/7 operation and were nominated and shortlisted for a National NHS/Military Team of the year award.

In late 2011, I became the Senior Medical Operations manager role for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics games. Responsible for the main Stratford Park, including 10 venues, the main village and 400 volunteers daily. This Medical Gamesmakers team won National awards for their excellence.

Group GP Practice management, Hospital Operations management, WA Health new conceptual project Manager.  Now Master Transformational Life Coach, helping People, Teams and Businesses grow and perform optimally.

Team Effectiveness and Growth Dynamics

I have developed 6 important concept strategies that will help engage, empower and unite a team. Based on my military experiences and service model, I have had great success building, maintaining and developing highly functional teams throughout my career in the Military and Civilian fields. Many business owners or managers feel they have to know all the answers, it is totally up to them to solve every problem and forget about the assets within their own team, the subject matter experts (SMEs) with a vast role experience you can call upon, engage and create worth and wisdom within the team. Communication, values, vision, skills, conflict and fun/reward encapsulate the fields in which great change can happen to build value and worth amongst the team where ownership, commitment and collaboration can bond and align a Team. Creating committed stakeholders, not just employees, engaged and congruent with the business values and goals.   


Prof. Benedict Wilmes

Dr. Wilmes did a postgraduate training in oral surgery at the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Muenster, Germany. Subsequently, he received a postgraduate degree in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at the University of the Duesseldorf, Germany. In 2013 he became Professor at the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Duesseldorf. Dr. Wilmes is author of more than 100 articles and textbook chapters. He is reviewer of numerous journals and has held more than 300 lectures and courses in 60 different countries all over the world. His primary interest is in the area of non-compliant and invisible orthodontic treatment strategies (TADs and Aligners). Dr. Wilmes was awarded the First Prize of the German Orthodontic Society in 2007, the First Prize of the European Orthodontic Society in 2009, the First Prize of the German Society for Lingual Orthodontics in 2018, and the Award of the International Academy of Clear Aligners in 2019. Dr. Wilmes is Associate Editor of the Journal of the Asian Pacific Orthodontic Society and an Active Member of the Angle Society (Eastern Component).

Overcoming aligner limitations by using mini-implant borne sliders and expanders

An increasing number of patients seek orthodontic treatment with aligner therapy. Bodily tooth movement with aligner therapy is challenging when relying on aligners alone. Whilst there are limited reports of successful bodily molar movements of up to 1-2 mm in the literature, a very long treatment time and high level of patient compliance and is expected. Moreover, the potential side effects of intermaxillary elastics must be considered in terms of shift of the anchorage teeth; this might be a severe problem especially in unilateral elastics applications with the potential for development of a midline shift, arch rotation and a jaw discrepancy, and transverse occlusal canting. To avoid this anchorage loss and the high demand on elastic wear, orthodontic mini-implants may be used. Currently, the alveolar process is still the most preferred insertion site for mini-implants. However, due to a failure rate and the risk of root damage, insertion in the alveolar ridge is far from satisfactory. Other regions such as the anterior palate provide much better conditions for the insertion and stability of skeletal anchorage devices, as the amount and quality of the available bone is far superior. In this lecture, the combination of mini-implant-borne appliances and aligners is presented to achieve more predictable and faster results in aligner therapy.


A/Prof Sumit Yadav

 Sumit Yadav is an Associate Professor in University of Connecticut did his Dental and Orthodontic training in India, PhD at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA. Subsequently, his did Orthodontic training from UConn. He has published more than 110 peer reviewed articles and has been actively funded through National Institute of Health and American Association of Orthodontic Foundation. He has co-edited a book “Temporary Anchorage Device”. He is an Associate Editor of Progress in Orthodontics.

Long Term Effects on Alveolar Bone with Bone-Anchored and Tooth-Anchored Rapid Palatal Expansion

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term effects of bone anchored. and tooth-anchored expansion appliances on alveolar bone in vertical and. horizontal dimensions in comparison with controls using Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). Materials and Methods: We evaluated180 CBCTs for 60 patients at three time-points T1 (pre-treatment), T2 (post-expansion), and T3 (post-treatment) for three groups: i) Bone-Anchored expansion appliance (BA), ii) Tooth-Anchored expansion appliance (TA), and iii) Controls. The intermolar width, molar angulation, palatal width, vertical bone height, buccal bone thickness at alveolar crest and root apex were measured in the three groups at different time-points. Results: In the short-term, both BA and TA led to a statistically significant increase in the intermolar width, and vertical bone height following expansion in comparison with controls, though the vertical bone height was significantly greater in TA compared to BA. Additionally, TA led to significantly increased molar angulation (buccal tipping) when compared with controls at T2. In the long-term, there was no significant difference in the three groups except vertical bone height, which was significantly greater in TA compared to the control group. A substantial correlation was found between molar angulation and vertical bone height and a moderate negative correlation was found between intermolar width and buccal bone thickness at alveolar crest at T3. Conclusions: There was no difference in the treatment outcomes between the three groups in the long-term except vertical.