Annual Session 2021

Jun 24, 2021 ‐ Jun 26, 2021


AAO Opening Keynote sponsored by Crest+Oral-B - Defining Moments

Jun 25, 2021 8:00am ‐ Jun 25, 2021 9:00am

Identification: AS21F01

Someone once said the practice of Orthodontics is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Well, get ready to kick-start this event by attending the Opening Keynote address given by Boston Marathon Race Director, Dave McGillivray. Like so many AAO members, Dave is a devoted member of his community who is determined to positively impact everyone around him. He speaks to those moments in our life that define us – and how the act of pushing on can deliver you to heights you never anticipated.




Post-treatment Skeletal Stability of Class II Corrections

Jun 25, 2021 9:05am ‐ Jun 25, 2021 9:25am

Identification: AS21B01

Post-treatment stability is one of the most important and desirable goals of orthodontic treatment. This lecture will critically review the changes that occur during and after with various forms of Class II treatment. Emphasis will be placed on distinguishing the treatment and growth changes that occur. The literature will be reviewed to highlight the role that patients' growth patterns play in determining treatment outcomes and long-term stability.

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between patients with favorable and unfavorable growth patterns.
  • Demonstrate the skeletal stability of various forms of orthodontic treatment.
  • Distinguish between the growth and treatment effects.


Non-surgical Maxillary Suture Opening in Adults

Jun 25, 2021 9:05am ‐ Jun 25, 2021 9:25am

Identification: AS21B02

The secure position of four orthodontic mini-implants in the anterior palate allows the transmission of great expansive forces via a pure bone-borne expander (MICRO4 expander). A novel force controlling and polycyclic activation protocol (FcPc), with twice a day opening and closing the hyrax screw, allows to weaken and subsequently widen the mid palatal suture in patients between 18 and 57 years up to 17mm without the need for surgical assistance. With this technique the opening force is limited, - not exceeding 500cN at the end of the activating wrench. Following this procedure for up to four months, the success rate for reaching the desired and needed maxillary width is up to 80% without surgery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the 4 keys to successful adult maxillary expansion: Correct anatomical position for palatal miniscrews, ideal miniscrew design, rigidity of the expander and novel force controlled polycyclic activation protocol.
  • Differentiate between presently used straight forward opening protocols and the novel way of using an expander as a force measuring instrument in combination with polycyclic opening and closing.
  • Use this knowledge to reduce your need of surgical assistance in adult maxillary expansion (80% success).


Is Virtual Our New Reality? Efficient and Effective Virtual Visits in the Orthodontic Office

Jun 25, 2021 9:05am ‐ Jun 25, 2021 10:15am

Identification: AS21LDS01

I used to feel that virtual orthodontic consults were simply a tool for quality orthodontic offices to provide potential patients with the convenient options they are requesting, and possibly engage these patients before they choose direct to consumer treatment — a marketing concept that has been working successfully in my practice for quite some time. However, an unprecedented global pandemic changed everything. We were forced to develop a complete virtual treatment platform to ensure that we could continue to manage our patients’ treatment during mandated closure of our physical office. We made the decision to be virtually open to serve our patients even though our offices were physically closed. And serendipitously, my team and I learned a lot about the potential for virtual visits to enhance (not replace) our in-office patient experience to help us deliver quality orthodontic care in an effective, efficient, and convenient manner — a mindset change that is helping us thrive in challenging times.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the concept of virtual orthodontic consultations as a tool for quality orthodontic offices to provide the convenience that some patients are craving in order to engage them before they choose direct to consumer options (Pre-Pandemic Mindset).
  • Explain in detail a virtual treatment platform that was developed in order to manage our patients’ treatment during mandated closure of our physical office (Pandemic Mindset).
  • Explore what this forced workflow change has taught us about the perceptions and logistics of virtual visits, and how we have successfully utilized them to improve our practice now that we are back in the office treating patients (Post-Pandemic Mindset).


Transforming Orthodontic Practice with Lightforce 3D Printed Braces sponsored by Lightforce Orthodontics

Jun 25, 2021 9:05am ‐ Jun 25, 2021 10:05am

Identification: AS21S01

Bracket treatment has finally caught up to the digital age. Say goodbye to your analog workflow and join the revolution of completely custom treatment. Join Dr. Alexander Waldman as he discusses how using LightForce’s 3D printed, customized brackets and treatment planning software have transformed his practice. He’ll focus on four key areas: digital workflow, treatment planning, clinical management, and practice efficiency. Dr. Waldman will also demonstrate how LightForce can help with complex cases, the benefits of LightForce’s IDB trays, and more.


Simplified Mechanics for Aligners in Treating Complex Cases

Jun 25, 2021 9:30am ‐ Jun 25, 2021 10:40am

Identification: AS21B03

Aligner treatment has seen a tremendous growth in patient acceptance and clinical efficacy in recent years. However, for some complex cases that involve less predicable tooth movement, additional auxiliaries and pre-aligner treatment procedures may become necessary. This lecture will help clinicians determine if a pre-aligner phase of orthodontic treatment is required and how to design key mechanics in this phase to simplify the subsequent aligner treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine if pre-aligner orthodontic procedures are necessary.
  • Describe key components to pre-aligner orthodontic treatment.
  • Incorporate TADs into aligner mechanics.


The Evolution of Mini-implant Assisted Midfacial Expansion, the Latest Developments and Advanced Applications

Jun 25, 2021 9:30am ‐ Jun 25, 2021 10:15am

Identification: AS21B04

The mini-implant assisted rapid palatal expander (MARPE) has evolved since the early 2000's. The use of Maxillary Skeletal Expander (MSE), a particular type of MARPE, has been steadily growing globally. With a proliferation of MSE related publications by multiple authors, there is clear evidence to support its impact. This presentation will cover a brief overview of its evolution, the current usage, the latest developments and the advanced applications of MSE. Some recent discoveries will be explored with research data. Clinical cases involving non-surgical midfacial expansion in both adolescent and adult patients will be examined in detail. Secondly, other advantages of utilizing MSE for patients with nasal airway obstruction, Class III skeletal relationship and other complex problems, will be demonstrated.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand that a different appliance design can produces different results, and that non-surgical skeletal expansion and protraction in mature patients is possible.
  • Witness MSE could be combined with less invasive surgical procedures for more challenging cases.
  • Appreciate other advantages of using MSE, particularly for patients with high angle, nasal airway obstruction, Class III skeletal relationship and other complex problems.


The Teen Patient Journey & Align's Digital Experience sponsored by Invisalign iTero

Jun 25, 2021 10:15am ‐ Jun 25, 2021 10:45am

Identification: AS21S02

Understand teen and parent expectations from the perspective of a successful Diamond Plus Invisalign provider. Join Dr. Jason Gladwell who will bring to life the macro forces that are driving demand for Invisalign treatment. Dr. Gladwell will explain how he has used Align digital tools to deliver successful outcomes to his teen patients with treatment that is more comfortable and less painful, and which gives teens the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile.


Aging of the Occlusion: What Should We Know?

Jun 25, 2021 10:20am ‐ Jun 25, 2021 10:40am

Identification: AS21B05

Life expectancy greatly increased in the last century. A deeper understanding of the maturational changes of the occlusion is the key to achieve post-treatment stability and more consistent treatment plans in adult patients. Three-dimensional changes of the untreated occlusion with aging will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the inter and intra-arch changes from 13 to 60 years in untreated individuals.
  • Demonstrate the impact of occlusal maturation on self-perception.
  • Define how the skeletal and facial changes relate to occlusal modifications during the aging process.


Increasing Sales Velocity Using Innovative Communication Tools

Jun 25, 2021 10:20am ‐ Jun 25, 2021 10:55am

Identification: AS21LDS02

With constant uncertainty about the future of orthodontic treatment demand, attracting and starting new patients has never been more important. In this lecture, you will learn about communication tools and methodology used by many of the fastest growing practices across the country to effectively coordinate sales and marketing activity. Doctors, front office coordinators, treatment coordinators and orthodontic assistants will learn about their roles in coordinating consistent messaging and delivering an outstanding patient experience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the most effective tools to facilitate excellent communication amongst your team and with new patients.
  • Create more accountability within your team.
  • Take away a playbook for in-office communication which creates an excellent new patient experience and generates more treatment sales.

Speaker(s): Disclosures
  • Scott Hansen, MBA : Consultant: Black Bison Group, LLC