Orthodontist Didier Fillion,was celebrated by the British Lingual Orthodontic Society (BLOS) at its spring meeting.
Having been a founder member of BLOS in 2003, he went on to become its first chairman and then first president.
He was also a founder member of the French, European and World lingual societies.
He has been a regular speaker at BLOS events and was on the programme at the Spring meeting with a talk called: ‘Yes we scan!’
Rob Slater, a BLOS committee member who, with Asif Chatoo, was also a founding member of BLOS, paid tribute to Dr Fillion.
He told the audience how Didier learned about the lingual technique directly from its inventors in the 1980s but then, after it went out of fashion in the 1990s, he maintained a practice dedicated to lingual.
In the 21st century, as new and more sophisticated lingual systems were brought to market, Didier was available to teach and inspire younger practitioners.
Dr Slater continued: 'Didier was there at the birth of modern lingual orthodontics and has continued to be at the forefront of new technologies. He has been a great ambassador for orthodontics in the UK and with this in mind the committee agreed that he should be recognised for his work and it is an honour for me to present him with the Life Membership of BLOS.'
The framed certificate of life membership and a Mappin and Webb decanter were the gifts which marked the end of Dr Fillion’s era as BLOS President. He is soon to chair the meeting of the World Society of Lingual Orthodontics in Paris in July.