The European Aligner Society Announces The Programme For Its Third Congress


The European Aligner Society has just announced the line-up for its third Congress which will take place in Malta between 19th and 22nd March 2020.

The Society’s programme builds on the knowledge from its first two congresses (and meetings) and continues to explore the perpetual advances in technologies and techniques in aligner orthodontics.  The two-and a half day Congress, which has previously attracted over 600 European and overseas delegates, will draw together the latest innovations presented by an impressive and truly International line-up of expert speakers.   

The programme includes plenary lectures, pre-Congress courses, assistants’ programme and workshops.  These revolve around three key topics: diagnosis and treatment planning; clinical tips; and patient perception.

I. Diagnosis and treatment planning session

Diagnosis and treatment planning in the 3D era

Dr. Sean K. Carlson, USA: A Board-Certified Orthodontist, Dr. Carlson earned his dental degree from Harvard University in 1994. He received his orthodontic specialty training and completed his Master of Science degree in Oral Biology from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Carlson is an Associate Professor at the University of Pacific School of Dentistry, where he served as a Senior Investigator in the Craniofacial Research and Instrumentation Laboratory. He has received several academic research awards and has published numerous orthodontic articles and abstracts. Being at the forefront of 3-D imaging technology since its introduction to the orthodontic profession, he has developed and introduced the Visual Craniometric Analysis (VCA) to aid clinicians in designing more appropriate treatment plans and to improve their understanding of treatment success. 

Biomechanics in the Plastic Revolution: the key to that elusive predictability

Dr. Gomez Arango, Columbia: Assistant Professor and Director of Biomechanics at the Orthodontics program at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales, Colombia. As a member of the INSAO Research group, his initiatives are focused on the use of 3D imaging and finite elements analysis in the study of biomechanic bases of different orthodontic tooth moving systems, with special emphasis on plastic aligners. He currently participates in collaborations with other research groups locally and abroad investigating clinical and biomechanical effects of micro-osteoperforation, accelerated tooth movement and application of piezoelectric effect and electromechanical impedance in orthodontics.

He is a reviewer for The Angle Orthodontist, Journal of the World Federation of Orthodontists and member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Orthodontic Rehabilitation.

Successful Clear Aligner Therapy: is it the doctor or the aligner?”

Dr. Sam Daher, Canada: Certified Orthodontist specializing in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Creator of Orthostyle™, which combines orthodontic treatments with preventative and maintenance models.  He has a Doctor of Dentistry (DDS) degree from McGill University, Montral/Canada. Degree in Orthodontics (M. Sc.) from the Université de Montréal. Private practices in Calgary, Vancouver, and Montreal.   Dr Daher has lectured extensively for Align Technology.

The Emperor’s New Clothes – Aligners and Pluralistic Ignorance

Dr. Vicki Vlaskalic, Australia: Attended the University of Melbourne, Australia where she received both her Bachelor of Dental Science and Master of Dental Science in orthodontics. Dr. Vlaskalic received a research award from the Australian Association of Orthodontists Foundation for Research and travelled to the United States. There she spent two years at UCLA researching and teaching with Dr. Patrick Turley where maxillary protraction became her major research interest. She spent a further six years at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She obtained her Californian Dental Licence and became Assistant Professor and Director of the Predoctoral Orthodontic Program. Her research interests included root resorption, mentored by Dr. Sheldon Baumrind, and orthodontic treatment outcomes, mentored by Dr. Don Poulton. In 1997, Dr. Vlaskalic became co-investigator with Dr. Robert Boyd in the feasibility of the Invisalign appliance, becoming one of the first orthodontists in the world to use the Invisalign system. Since returning to Melbourne, Dr Vlaskalic works in orthodontic specialty practice, is a clinical instructor at the University of Melbourne and continues to act as a clinical consultant to Align Technology, lecturing and consulting worldwide.

The digital workflow in the Orthodontic practice

Dr. Lars Christensen, UK: Dr. Christensen combines a wealth of experience with a resolute commitment to enhancing his patients’ lives through first class orthodontics. Dr. Christensen qualified from the Royal Dental College in Copenhagen in 1990. Three years later he was awarded a PhD from the University of Copenhagen. He received his Master’s in Orthodontics from Guy’s and St Thomas in London, and in 1997 he was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in Orthodontics. Since 1997 Lars has been in specialist orthodontic practice. A highly respected member of his profession, he lectures extensively all over the world. To date he has given more than 250 lectures and courses in orthodontics. He is a member of the British, the European and the American Associations of Orthodontics, as well as a member of the Southern Californian branch of the Edward H Angle Society. He is also a member of the British Lingual Orthodontic Society, and a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists.

How much can we trust the ClinCheck?

Dr. Luis Huanca, Switzerland: obtained his Dental Degree in 2006 in Milan and specialised in Orthodontics in 2009. Dr. Huanca achieved a PhD with a main focus on 3D imaging and worked in Italy as the head of the orthodontic department of three hospitals in the area of Bergamo. Since 2013, Dr. Huanca has been practicing in Lausanne where he opened his practice.

Indicators to consider for a predictable diagnosis with Invisalign treatment

Dr. Beatriz Solano Mendoza, Spain: is a specialist in Dentistry at the Coinsol Dental Clinic in Seville. She graduated from the European University of Madrid and subsequently completed two Masters: one of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics by the University of Seville, and another of Multidisciplinary Orthodontics. In addition, she has also taught three Masters. Professor of the Master of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and Professor of the Master of Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Seville.

II. Clinical Tips session

Focus on team-work

Mr. Emiliano Moretti, Italy: is an ex professional soccer player with experience in Italy and Spain, also former player of the Italian National team.

Making your virtual treatment plan a clinical reality

Dr. Vincenzo D'Anto, Italy: received his Degree in Dentistry, a Specialty in Orthodontics, a Master in Temporomandibular Disorders and a Master in Lingual Orthodontics from the University of Naples Federico II. He completed a PhD in “Materials and Structures Engineering” and a second PhD in “Oral Sciences”. In 2017, Dr. D’Antò received the Italian national scientific qualification as full professor of Oral Sciences and he is currently working in the School of Orthodontics of University of Naples Federico II.

Bonding attachments: how, when and why

Mr. Paul Gange, USA: is the founder and President of Reliance Orthodontic Products, Inc. He holds a B.S.B.A. in marketing - from the John Carroll University. Paul has had a career in the orthodontic industry that spans over three decades. He has been directly involved with the development of orthodontic adhesives, sealants and cements for over thirty-four years. Some of the highlights of his successful career include: the development of the first “No Mix” adhesive, the advancement of newest bonding adhesives and techniques, as well as the development of many of the products that you use in your everyday bonding procedures both direct and indirect. Paul Gange has also been a guest speaker in numerous study clubs, universities, continuing education courses and Regional Component meetings in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East. His publications include numerous journal articles and textbook chapters, and he holds several patents.

Ortho-prosthodontic collaboration of dentition in patients with massive abrasion and loss of the vertical dimension of occlusion treated by aligners

Dr. Ivo Marek, Czech Republic: graduated with a degree in dentistry from the Faculty of Medicine at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic in 1990. He completed a three-year training programme for orthodontics in 1999 and finished his postgraduate studies at the Dental School at Palacky University in 2007, where he earned his PhD. Dr. Marek runs a private dental clinic in Breclav, where he focuses on interdisciplinary dental care, especially on the collaboration of orthodontists with periodontists and implantologists. Moreover, the dental clinic has gained credibility for several important clinical successes; it has the privilege of being the first clinic in the Czech Republic to perform the autotransplantation of a premolar, etc.

Dr. Marek works as an Associate Professor at the Orthodontic Department of Palacky University in both graduate and postgraduate study programmes. In addition, he is a part-time teacher at the Orthodontic Department of the Faculty of Medicine in Brno and at Charles University's Faculty of Medicine, in Prague.

He has published 33 articles and has given over 160 lectures in the Czech Republic and abroad.  Dr Marek is a Vice President of the Czech Orthodontic Society, and a member of the European Orthodontic Society, the American Orthodontic Society and the World Orthodontic Society. In 2007, he was appointed Honorary Member of the Implantology Club of the Czech Republic for the partnership between the fields of orthodontics and implantology. He is a member of the editorial board and reviewer of the journal 'Ortodoncie' (Orthodontics) and reviewer for The Angle Orthodontist. He is member of the accreditation committee of the Ministry of Healthcare and a representative of the Czech Orthodontic Society in EFOSA, as well as an AAO Ambassador.

Ortho/Perio in the aligner age

Dr. Frank Celenza, USA: is uniquely certified in both Orthodontics and Periodontics. He received his Periodontal certificate from University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and his Orthodontic certificate from New York University in 1988. He has authored numerous publications in the dental literature, has been involved in Post-Graduate teaching for over 15 years, and maintains a private practice in Manhattan.

Clear aligner effectiveness in the ortho perio interphase

Dr. Schmuel Einy, Israel: Graduated at the Faculty of Dentistry at Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem in 1983. Graduated from the Faculty of Orthodontics specialisation programat Hadassah Hospital Jerusalem and holds a degree in dentistry in 1994. Chair of the Orthodontic Association in Israel, and Director of the Department of Dental Alignment at the Rambam Hospital Graduate School in Haifa, former Director of the Department of Dental Orthodontics Tel Hashomer. Former Chair of the Ministry of Health Examinations Examinations Committee of the Ministry of Health.

He is currently the chairman of the Orthodontic Association in Israel, and the director of specialisation for dental alignment at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa. He gives lectures at conferences in Israel and around the world and published articles in the professional literature. He has membership of professional associations in Israel and around the world. Dental alignment treatment for children, teens and adults in Ramat Gan and Rosh HaAyin clinics.

Hybridisation of clear aligner therapy in teens

Dr. John Kaku, Japan: completed his Orthodontic residency at the University of California, San Francisco in 1990. He obtained his Orthodontic Certificate and MSD degree from Boston University in 1993. Dr. Kaku is an instructor at the Japanese Academy of Non-Extraction Orthodontics and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Japanese Orthodon-tic Society and the Japanese Association of Adult Orthodontics.

Dr. Kaku has been an invited Speaker at the Japanese Association of Orthodontists, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Napoli, University of the Pacific and Mahidol University, (Bangkok, Thailand).

Dr. Kaku won the Joseph E. Johnson Table Clinic Award for Non-extraction treatment in the Asian face using the Coordinated Arch Development Technique at the 102nd Annual Session of American Association of Orthodontist in Philadelphia, 2002.

Dr. Kaku has published over 40 articles and lectured worldwide. He currently maintains a Private Practice (SuperSmile International Orthodontic Office) in Ohyamacho Shibuya Tokyo, Japan.

Invisalign: Improved efficacy of mechanotherapy for complicated cases

Dr. Dror Aizenbud, Israel: holds a Master of Science degree, a degree in dentistry and a certificate in ortho dontics both from the Hebrew University and Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel. He spent a fellowship program in the Craniofacial Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago with the group of Drs. Figueroa and Polly. Is the Chairman of the Orthodontic and Craniofacial Department and the deputy director of the School of Graduate Dentistry, Rambam Health Care Campus and Technion – Faculty of Medicine Haifa, Israel. He has published over 200 original research and clinical papers in refereed journals, including contributions in several monographs and textbooks. He has been invited to lecture at numerous professional organizations around the globe.

A new dimension in orthodontics called 4D

Dr. Sherif Kandil, Germany: has conducted more than 150 certification courses worldwide. Has treated over 4,000 cases with clear aligners. He will be presenting two patents cases; one in the usage of 4D technology to produce orthodontic appliances and the other for removable veneers.

Treatment of complex cases with Invisalign. Where is the limit?

Dr. Chris Laspos, Cyprus: is an orthodontic specialist in individuals with craniofacial malformations. He received his DDS (1995) from the Dental School of the University of Athens. He was a research fellow in the TMJ and Orthodontic Department at the University of Rochester, Eastman Dental Center of Rochester, New York. His research focused on facial asymmetries of individuals born with unilateral cleft lip and palate.

Clinic aligner fabrication

Dr. Rooz Khosravi, USA: obtained his dental degree from Azad University in Tehran, Iran. He then moved to Montreal to pursue his graduate training in oral health sciences. He studied periodontal disease-associated biomarkers in children at risk of obesity as a part of his Master of Science degree at INRS-IAF. Afterwards, he relocated to Boston to obtain his PhD in Oral Biology from Boston University where he studied mechanisms of bone fragility under diabetic conditions. Dr. Khosravi next enrolled in the orthodontics program at the University of Washington while he conducted a study on management of overbite with the Invisalign appliance. Dr. Khosravi joined the department of orthodontics after his graduation to continue conducting research as well as to help implement new technology in the department.

Crossing the chasm in fabricating aligners in your clinic

Dr. Simon Graf, Switzerland: has a specific interest in the translation of production of orthodontic appliances in the digital world. He started in the beginning of 2014 with a cad/cam-procedure for 3D- metal-printed rapid-palatal-expansion device(hyrax) directly from an intraoral scan. As soon he was able to establish a standardised protocol for this appliance, he continued to work on the herbst-appliance, lingual arch etc. and proceeded to bone-borne appliances.

Considering factors for distalization of whole dentitions with micro-implants

Prof. Hyo-Sang Park, Korea: Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics. School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea Vice director, Kyungpook National University Dental Hospital His research background was immunhistochemical studies for neurotransmitter following tooth movement and growth studies using rats as experimental animal. He published numerous papers. He did pioneer works and extensive researches on development of microimplants since 1998. He is using microimplants for 19 years and owned ten patents and wrote more than 70 international articles, six text books, and five chapters dealing with Orthodontic Microimplants. He found Dentos Limited with collaboration with colleagues. He has spoken world renowned orthodontic meetings more than 70 times as keynote speaker and provided 2 or 3 days microimplants training course internationally more than 150 times. He is director of Orthodontic Research Center in Kyungpook University Hospital which performs research on Microimplants. He is doing reseaches concerning clinical use of microimplants, its biomechanics, and animal experiments to improve Microimplants.

Aligners and T.A.D.s to go further in complex cases

Prof. Dr. Arturo Vela-Hernandez, Spain: is an Assistant Professor for the Masters Program in Orthodontics at the Valencia University School of Dentistry, where he directs the Training Program in Low Friction Technique and In-visalign. He has been annual guest Lecturer for the Postgraduate Program in Orthodontics at the NCA University in Chapell Hill, USA (2007-2011), as well as being guest Lecturer at vari-ous Universities in Europe.

III. Patient Perception Session

Technology in the communication field

Mr. Jerko Bozikovic, Belgium: an internationally acclaimed time management and productivity expert who has appeared on many radio and TV shows. He is also an authority in the field of emotional intelligence, awareness and communication skills. He has extensive training and education in communication techniques (NLP and psycho-energetics) and is a natural born speaker, trainer and coach who conducts seminars worldwide on personal consciousness. He is a full time trainer in business communication skills, time and stress management and emotional intelligence.

What patients want

Dr. Simone Parrini, Italy: graduated with honours in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics in 2012 at the University of Siena. In the same year he obtained the licence to practice the profession of dentist at the University of Florence and enrolled in the Register of Physicians and Dentists of Siena. In 2016 he obtained the Specialisation in Orthodontics with Praise and dignity of the press at the University of Turin. He currently works in the Orthodontics Department of the Dental School of the University of Turin as a Tutor. He is also involved in research on the most modern orthodontic innovations at the same university, and is the author and co-author of numerous articles published in the most prestigious national and international journals.

Dr. Gabriele Rossini, Italy: graduated with honors in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics in 2012 at Graduated with full marks in Dentistry and Dental Prosthesis in July 2012 at the University of Milan. Specialized with praise and dignity of printing in Orthognathodontics at the University of Turin. Enrolled in the 1st year of the PhD course in Bioengineering and Medical-Surgical Sciences at the Polytechnic University of Turin / University of Turin. Clinical Advisor at TNB Srl Author of numerous articles in national and international journals. Co-author of chapter 23 "Concepts of Neuromuscular Gnathology" of the book "Ortognatodonzia" - Author: Prof. Giampietro Farronato. He works as a speaker at national and international courses and congresses.

Factors affecting patient compliance

Dr. Letizia Perillo, italy: attended the University of Naples, Federico II, receiving a Degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1986 and a MS in Orthodontic in 1989. In 1997 she completed the Phd in Orthodontics at the University of Florence. Presently, she is Associate Professor in Orthodontics and Head of the Post Graduate Orthodontic Program at the Second University of Naples. She is member of WFO - World Federation of Orthodontists; AAO -American Association of Orthodontist; EOS - European Orthodontic Society; SIDO - Italian Society of Orthodontics; “The Charles H. Tweed International Foundation for Orthodontic Research”.

Super charge the patient experience with dental monitoring

Dr. Barry J Glaser, USA: received a BA in psychology from Binghamton University in 1984, and was awarded his Dental Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1988. He completed a one-year hospital residency at Englewood Hospital in 1989, and went on to earn his Specialty Certification in Orthodontics from Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry in 1992. He was Associate Director of orthodontics at Montefiore Medical Center in New York from 1992 to 1995. He has been in private practice in Cortlandt Manor, NY since 1994.

Improved comfort and higher patient satisfaction through Light Accelerated Orthodontics

Dr. Matteo Reverdito, italy: studied at the University of Turin and graduated as a Specialist in Orthodontics. He was a member of the Faculty Board and associate professor at the University of Turin. Dr. Reverdito is an Invisalign provider and did his Master's degree in Invisalign at the University of Insubria - Varese.

Since 2004, Dr. Reverdito is the founder and general director of the dental studio "Studio Reverdito Alemanno", specialised in aesthetic, functional and postural orthodontics. He is also a member of the faculty and clinical speaker for Align Technology.

Start at the very beginning

Pre-Congress courses on day one will give delegates a more focused approach to learning.  Companies offering courses include: Align Technology, Dentsply Sirona, Biotech Dental, and InviSolution.  These will take place to highlight new technologies and methodologies applied to aligner orthodontics.

The opening ceremony will feature Dr. Francesco Garino, EAS past president, passing the President medallion to Dr. Alain Souchet, EAS President; Hon.  Dr. Chris Fearne, Minister of Health, Malta Government; Dr. Tommaso Castroflorio, EAS Scientific Chairman; and Dr. Werner Schupp, editor of The Journal of Aligner Orthodontics.

Sign up from October

The congress runs from the afternoon of Thursday 19th March and runs through to the evening of Saturday 21st at the Hilton Malta Hotel, which is situated in the heart of the fashionable Portomaso waterfront in the popular St Julian’s district in Valetta.  Sunday 22nd is an open (R&R) day to explore the islands of Malta and Gozo.

Booking for the European Aligner Society Congress opens in October 2019 and early sign up rates will be available. There will also be doctor and staff packages. The congress has partnered with Air Malta to ensure reasonable travel rates are available for members.

Please visit from October where it is also possible to renew Society membership and benefit from reduced booking rates.