Putting the spotlight on orthodontics
As the demand for GDP orthodontics continues to rise, the short-term Ortho Lounge was extremely popular at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show this year
Delegates were keen to uncover the secrets to successful treatment by listening to key professionals leading the way in the field.
A highlight of the programme was Jaswinder Gill’s session on delivering safe and ethical care.
He discussed how short-term orthodontics completely changed his life and emphasised the huge demand for treatment by estimating that 80% of adult patients could benefit from care.
As a leading provider of Six Month Smiles, Jaswinder demonstrated the system itself and provided all the key information delegates might need before presenting case studies to show the results that can be achieved in a relatively short period of time.
He was very clear that the goal of short-term orthodontics is not to achieve the same as with comprehensive treatment, and he went on to discuss the Confidex digital treatment planning software available with the system.
Another session to draw a crowd was Monik Vasant’s lecture on ‘Integrating the Invisalign System into minimal invasive dentistry’. Giving delegates the chance to broaden their understanding of different systems on the market, Monik explained: ‘We are in this minimally invasive era – it’s all about technology and being digitally driven.’
He presented anterior alignment orthodontics as a solution for improving smile symmetry and uneven gingival levels, ultimately for the enhancement of aesthetics.
Digital advancements have made this much easier for the GDP, while also improving communication with the patient.
As Monik said, ‘A picture says 1,000 words,’ and utilising digital images can help to give the patient a different perspective, significantly improving their understanding.
Ensuring delegates had access to a broad range of products, Milad Shadrooh (aka The Singing Dentist and winner of Dentistry’s Top 50) presented a highly amusing session on Smilelign discussing this particular system and demonstrating some of his own cases.
Dental hygienist, Mary Conway-Kelly said: ‘The Singing Dentist was very funny – he had everyone laughing and the session was informative.’
In fact, feedback from delegates across the show was fantastic, with many individuals enjoying the opportunity to learn new things specifically within their areas of interest.