Among the various learning opportunities at The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2017 will be seminars tailored for technicians with an interest in orthodontics. Supported by the Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA), the programme will cover a vast array of topics over the two days, from different appliance design and manufacture, to sleep disordered breathing and the education available for professionals in the field. All sessions will be presented by leading names, including Paul Mallett, James Green, Jeffery Lewis, Nimrod Tal, Leslie Stevens and Daniel Shaw.   

Andrea Johnson will also be taking to the podium to discuss, ‘Weird and wonderful appliance design’.

Andrea is the orthodontic and maxillofacial laboratory manager at Montegu hospital, Mexborough and a council member for the OTA, currently serving as the vice chair and secretary. She is also a council member with the Dental Technologists Association (DTA), an associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and a founder member of a new charity called Den-Tech, which aims to establish its first fully supported dental laboratory incorporating training opportunities for Ugandan technicians within their own country this year.

About her lecture at DTS Andrea comments, ‘Technicians from every discipline have to know their field of expertise intimately – we know our materials, what they are capable of and the techniques that we can employ to achieve the best possible results. One of the ways that we improve and learn is by observing others within our field, taking ideas and inspiration from that observation and interaction to include in our own practice. We are therefore constantly developing and innovating to create appliances that will deliver the best care and outcomes for our patients. My lecture is designed to show some of the appliances and techniques designed and utilised by myself and my team. I hope it will provoke discussion and provide new ideas for the delegates to take away with them to perhaps incorporate into their own designs within their own daily practice.’

Complementing the first-class education available, DTS will also host a trade exhibition with more than 100 lab-dedicated manufacturers and suppliers keen to highlight their latest and greatest products, materials and technologies. Bespoke advice, on-stand learning, live demonstrations and fantastic deals will be available for all to enjoy.

Register for free at www.the-dts.co.uk