Excellere 2019: Elevating orthodontics
Excellere 2019 by 3M Oral Care delighted delegates from across the globe in London this month
Held in the stately surroundings of Victorian ballroom at 8 Northumberland Avenue, the event combined an exceptional, up-to-date lecture programme with a number of social events and opportunities in order to help orthodontic professionals take flight in their careers.
Following a fun icebreaker where delegates rushed to make as many paper aeroplanes as possible in a set time limit, delegates were formerly welcomed to the event by Dr Richard Jones, Chairman of Excellere 2019, who set out the core aims of the upcoming educational programme.
Sessions began with ‘Aesthetic treatment without clinical compromise’ led by Patrice Pellerin who outlined the importance of dental aesthetics, what effect they had on people’s perceptions and how this is affecting the growth of the global market.
Paolo Manzo, an orthodontist from Naples, focused around the digital workflow in orthodontics and showed a number of amazing aesthetic transformations he had achieved with patients after following a digital workflow.
By explaining the benefits of digital technology such as intra oral scanners, he delved deeper into how these systems can help orthodontists to truly excel when planning a variety of challenging cases.
Lisa Alvetro, then continued the programme with a charismatic lecture about correcting class II malocclusions – one of the most common and pressing problems faced by orthodontists.
In her fun and lively speech, Dr Alvetro shared her best clinical tips and explained how to use the Forsus Appliance from 3M Oral Care.
The last session of the day was hosted by Federico Alfaro Fernandez. A fascinating look at how orthodontics and facial surgery can be combined, professionals were encouraged to consider facial aesthetics as a whole rather than just focusing on perfect teeth.
Following the first day, a round table discussion took place with the four lecturers gave delegates the ideal opportunity to ask questions and opened a fantastic dialogue between lecturers and delegates.
3M Oral Care then invited attendees to unwind at a fabulous evening reception at Swingers – an indoor crazy golf venue with street food and multiple bars. A fabulous opportunity for everyone to let their hair down and connect, the evening saw delicious food, competitive play and lots of laughter as people took to the novelty photo stage.
Options for everyone
After a brief introduction from Richard Jones once again, the second day of Excellere began with a spirited session led by Adam Schulhof. A highly comical and enthusiastic speaker, Dr Schulhof explained the unique challenges that treating adult orthodontic patients can bring.
He also explored some of the wider issues that affect orthodontics, including how the industry is evolving and why some patients are looking towards online sources for treatment.
Following this, John Scholey gave an honest appraisal of the new Clarity Ultra ceramic brackets from 3M Oral Care.
During his talk he discussed the performance of this new product whilst noting the considerable improvements it had compared to previous brackets.
Doina Vulcu, a UK delegate said: ‘The presentations by Adam and John were amazing. They had lots of useful clinical tips and showed good clinical knowledge and orthodontic skills, together with a good understanding of the patients’ needs and concerns.’
Other presentations included Dr Peter Ilori’s lecture for those who wanted to know more about building private opportunities in a changing orthodontic market and Paulo Monteiro on performing restorations in combination with orthodontic treatment to achieve natural-looking aesthetics.
Let’s get lingual
The lingual session compromised of four orthodontic professionals from across Europe who had all travelled to impart their experiences of using lingual appliances.
Ektor Grammatopoulos took to the stage to show various lingual appliance case studies opening or closing spaces in the oral cavity.
This was followed by a session with Philipp Al Khatib from Germany, a young orthodontist who explained why lingual appliances are a useful tool and why more orthodontic professionals should consider these appliances in a wide array of indications.
Finishing the lingual session, Roberto Stradi encouraged delegates to think outside of the box and look towards treating young children with lingual appliances.
He showed a number of case studies with very young patients and told people to not let an appliance dictate their skills, but use these skills instead to make the appliances work for them.
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