Forty years is a very long time! A lot has occurred. We have definitely made progress: from "pinching" bands to indirect bonding of brackets; from multiple loop archwires to various titanium wires; from 2-3 week appointment intervals to 12 week appointment intervals; from developing x-rays to 3-D volumetric scans; from paper to computer to paperless. We have had problems as well. GPs doing orthodontics, TCs taking over case presentations; the Golden Age of Orthodontics to the most severe recession in most of our lifetimes. And what about politics? There can be no denying the presence of it even in our specialty! MSO's; the balancing of superb (and the not so superb) clinical results verses what is evidence based; having the same clinicians and academicians on major programs every year and the non or uninviting of those whose views may differ. And now there are great possibilities. Better diagnostics; cleaner, easier, more gentle treatment; TADs, soft tissue lasers, SLBs, perfecting bracket placement; the re-emergence of lingual for both full and esthetic treatment only to name only a few. Many examples of management, marketing, systems, diagnostics, and case treatment will also be shown.
The participant will be able to understand and appreciate the many advances which have been made.
The participant will see true 21st century diagnostics.
The participant will understand the REAL reasons for advances in treatment time, appointment intervals, and other efficiencies.