Dental Asia Nov/Dec 2018

Show Review NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2018 DENTAL ASIA 69 Dentists from across Asia Pacific gathered at the first-ever Dental Aesthetics Meeting in Asia (DAMA). DAMA 2 0 1 8 T he inaugural meeting of the Dental Aesthetics Meeting in Asia (DAMA) took place from 28 th - 29 th September at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The weekend saw a total of 454 attendees gathered to learn about the latest developments in aesthetic dentistry. The excellent turnout of attendees from the region came together to learn from a total of 15 expert speakers including keynote speakers, Dr. Stefen Koubi, Dr. Frank Milnar, and CDT Hilal Kuday. The needs of both novice and veteran dental professionals were addressed as a wide range of topics were discussed from pink aesthetics, direct and indirect aesthetic restorations, worn dentition and more. DAMA2018 also hosted five hands-on pre– and post– congress workshops, giving participants the opportunity to focus on practical skills such as veneer placement, management of a worn dentition as well as anterior and posterior restorations. “We are humbled and heartened by the overwhelming support received for the first edition of DAMA. Besides attracting local attendees, we also saw a positive international response with participants coming from as many as 21 countries including Indonesia, Philippines and South Korea. The overall outcome reaffirms the need for a conference and exhibition focused in the area of aesthetic dentistry.” saidDr. Jeffrey Seow, Chairperson of Dental Aesthetics Meeting in Asia (DAMA) 2018. Held alongside the conference, the exhibition saw the participation of 21 exhibitors and over 40 brands being represented. Besides showcasing their latest innovations and solutions, exhibitors also conducted presentations and live demonstrations. Networking programmes such as the exhibition networking reception held on the first day also presented delegates and exhibitors the opportunity to socialise. Attended by the regional members of the Asian Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (AAAD) executive committee, DAMA 2018 also played host to the 15 th biennial meeting of the AAAD, where the new president, Dr. Kim Myung Jin from South Korea was inaugurated. “DAMA 2018 not only contributes to the knowledge development of the dental aesthetics industry in Asia, but also celebrates the momentous occasion of a new President being inaugurated. Coinciding the meeting with DAMA was a calculated and purposeful move to ensure that our members were able to maximise their time in Singapore through an insightful and rewarding conference while attending a meeting of great importance,” shared Dr. Ronnie Yap, Immediate Past-President, Asian Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry. “The success of DAMA 2018 highlights and reemphasises the need to address the knowledge gap of Asian dentists, who are interested in the area of aesthetic dentistry. Withan increasingnumber of dentists diving in, it is imperative that DAMA address their concerns and challenges by bringing in renowned speakers and deliver world-class content. With DAMA returning in 2020, we hope to attract and bring together more dental professionals to focus on this niche and make the second edition a bigger success.” said Dr. Anthony Tay, President, Aesthetic Dentistry Society, Singapore. After the overall success of the first edition, DAMA is set to return for a second round in 2020. DA