Education for orthodontic technicians at DTS

shutterstock_124712971To accommodate the needs of all professionals in the dental lab community, The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) will be presenting a variety of educational opportunities tailored to each field.

For example, laboratory owners can browse the bustling trade floor with more than 100 lab-dedicated manufacturers and suppliers demonstrating the latest innovations to improve efficiency, productivity and profitability. The new National CDT Conference – designed in conjunction with the British Association of Clinical Dental Technology (BACDT) – offers two days of lectures and demonstrations tailored to the clinical dental technician’s specific skill set.

For those with a particular interest in dental implants, the Association of Dental Implantology’s ADI Implant Theatre is the ideal place to seek information and advice on the latest materials and techniques. And for professionals who focus their skills in orthodontics, the brand new Orthodontic Technician’s Seminar Stream – supported by the Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA) – will explore all relevant advancements and ideas in the field.

Compliance monitoring

Kieran McLaughlin

Kieran McLaughlin MSc, chief orthodontic technician

Kieran McLaughlin MSc, chief orthodontic technician at the dental school, Royal London Hospital, Barts NHS Trust, will be speaking from within the Orthodontic Technician’s Seminar Stream. He will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Compliance monitoring: origins and dental applications’. About his session Kieran said:

‘Micro-electronic data-loggers provide the dental practitioner with a viable diagnostic tool for objectively monitoring patient compliance, by measuring treatment adherence to determine oral appliance efficacy. Particularly for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS), utilisation of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and its data acquisition has created considerable interest from private medical insurance companies, not least the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

‘During my presentation at DTS this year, I will discuss the origins of RFID, describing the process as well as the presentation and interpretation of treatment data. I will also detail a laboratory technique for the attachment of data-loggers to oral appliances.

‘I hope delegates will develop an appreciation of the functionalities of RFID technology, better understanding the process of data acquisition and its interpretation, while also learning a unique method for attaching a data logger to an oral device.’

Other topics

Kieran will join various other inspirational speakers in the Orthodontic Technicians Seminar Stream such as Paul Mallett, Daniel Shaw, Andrea Johnson, Edward Mapley and Cassandra Antoine. Topics covered will include monomer-free materials, a new Herbst appliance, multi-stranded wire retainers, the impact online reviews can have on revenue and cleft lip and palate care.

Also brand new to the 2016 event will be the Innovation Forum, which will highlight the newest and most influential products, materials and technologies in the modern dental lab arena. Plus, the CAD/CAM & Innovation Theatre will host key professionals and manufacturers demonstrating cutting-edge solutions to streamline your laboratory.

For this, plus verifiable CPD and the chance to network with fellow technicians and both existing and potential clients, don’t miss DTS 2016, co-located with The Dentistry Show. If you haven’t already, register for DTS 2016 for FREE online here.

DTS 2016 – Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2016 – NEC Birmingham, co-located with The Dentistry Show.

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