The European Aligner Society’s Spring Meeting attracted 354 delegates from 41 countries to Venice last month so was truly an international and diverse forum for disseminating expertise about clear aligner therapy

It was a true reflection of the way a shared passion can bring people from diverse countries together. 

The Society’s education committee had curated a progressive programme which explored the rapid and perpetual advances in technologies and techniques related to aligner orthodontics and had attracted an international line-up of expert and renowned speakers to deliver the lectures. 

The programme kicked off with a pre-congress workshop series covering hot topics in aligner orthodontics from accelerated treatment options, advanced monitoring to CBCT integration.  

The main plenary programme on day two traversed the treatment modality from aligner biomechanics, teen treatment, finishing tips, complex treatments, 3D diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as the integration of restorative treatment options and planning and how it fits into the digital smile design concept. 

Patient care also formed a core plank of the programme. 

Highlights of programme included Sean Carlson from the USA who presented ways of enhancing orthodontic treatment and diagnosis using 3D technology. 

Stephen Chang from Taiwan delivered his insights into aligner biomechanics and was followed by Julia Haubrich from Germany who shared her experiences treating teens with aligner orthodontics. 

Spain’s Christina Viyula offered her advice for a perfect finish, and the management of the posterior open bite whilst Federico Migliori from Italy followed with a lecture of asymmetries and aligners, from digital planning to treatment mechanics.  

Japan and Brazil converged in the final lecture of the plenary session with Christian Coachman and Kenji Ojima enlightened delegates about how to stay ahead of the game with dental smile design and aligners.  

Colin Wallis, a specialist orthodontist from the UK commented: ‘This was a wonderful opportunity to listen and interact with some of the finest worldwide researchers and clinicians in the aligner field.’

Barry N Winnick, DDS from New York, USA, added ‘The European Aligner Society brings together clinical and scientific aligners experts, interested and innovation-driven dental professionals from all over the world as well as the relevant industry partners together.

‘With its flexible format, the EAS understands the promotion of clinical innovations in aligner therapy. I very much appreciate the cooperation with the entire EAS team and thank them for the good and partnership-based cooperation.’

At the conclusion of the highly successful three-day event Les Joffe, EAS secretary announced that the third EAS Congress will take place in Malta between 19th and 22nd March 2020, and it is planned to have the event opened by the Maltese Minister of Health. 

Visit www.eas-aligners.com from October when the programme will be announced and early sign ups will benefit from reduced booking rates for the 2020 congress.