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Dr Mohan, Vice President of the Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) and chairperson of the 2017 congress organising committee. (Photograph: Koelnmesse)
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Interview: “We can also learn from seeing cases that have failed”

Post a comment by Kristin Hübner, DTI

From 24 to 26 February, the orthodontic community will come together at the Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress (AOSC) at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Dental Tribune Online had the opportunity to speak with AOSC Chairperson Dr Mohan about highlights of this year’s programme and why he thinks it is important for specialist congresses to both look at successfully treated cases and discuss and learn from cases that have failed.

Dental Tribune Online: One objective of the AOS is to provide a lively platform for dental professionals throughout the world and to foster closer ties between them. How important is the congress in achieving this aim?
Dr Mohan: In orthodontics today, there are many new trends, clinical developments and techniques to advance excellence in orthodontic practices. AOS, through our biennial conferences, aims to bring together world-famous researchers, academics and clinicians to provide attendees with the most updated review of the evidence base and clinical areas related to the specialty of orthodontics.

What is the theme of this year’s event and why was it chosen?

The theme “Achieving success: Overcoming challenges in orthodontics” was chosen because, besides seeing successfully treated cases, we feel we can also learn from seeing cases that have failed. Seeing such cases allows us to review our approach and adjust the treatment plan as we go along. Our speakers have been asked to especially highlight cases with poor outcomes for discussion.

From your perspective, what have been the most important developments in orthodontics in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region in recent years?
The most important developments in orthodontics in recent years are the advancements in digital imaging and 3-D printing. Besides being crucial for orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning, digital imaging and 3-D printing are essential tools that allow us to closely monitor treatment progress and outcome. With advancements in imaging and 3-D printing, we are able to improve the level of diagnosis, vary the treatment options and achieve more predictable treatment outcomes.

What are the key topics of the scientific programme?

It is difficult to pick a key topic, as all of our presenters are leaders in their respective fields and will be speaking on their specialty topics. For example, Dr Richard McLaughlin, the creator of the MBT system, will be giving an overview on clinical orthodontics. Prof. Ravindra Nanda will speak on managing complex multidisciplinary patients, which is becoming more relevant these days as we see more and more adult patients. A range of topics, including retention, anterior open bite and clear aligner treatment, will also be covered, providing all participants with the opportunity to focus on their chosen key topic.

What will be happening on the pre- and post-congress days?
The days before and after the event have traditionally been reserved for limited-attendance workshops at AOSC. This edition is no different. We have five half-day workshops, which will cover topics such as how anchorage concepts with mini-screws can be implemented, how to incorporate evidence into the daily practice and the biomechanical background of Invisalign (Align Technology).

There will also be an industry exhibition alongside the congress. With the event being held just before the 2017 International Dental Show, can visitors look forward to trying out some exciting new orthodontic products?
Yes, we are excited to have increased our number of exhibitors by 15 per cent for this edition, bringing the total to 30 exhibitors representing 77 brands. Products on display will cover both well-established brands, such as Invisalign and CEREC (Dentsply Sirona), and new brands and services, such as Dental Monitoring and JoyAligner (Bliva). There will also be a number of live demonstrations of products and software during the exhibition that visitors can look forward to.

Aside from the exhibition and the lectures, what networking events have you planned this year?
Our networking events are among the highlights of AOSC. This edition’s fully booked welcome reception will be held at Aura, which sits on top of Singapore’s newest museum, the National Gallery. The location offers great views of Singapore’s skyline, while reflecting Singapore’s history, as the building in which the restaurant is housed is the former Supreme Court of Singapore.

The Gardens by the Bay Run will give participants another opportunity to meet with their peers. I believe that the run is unique to our conference and exhibition. This edition’s 2 km route will take participants along both the Marina Bay and the Gardens by the Bay before the conference begins on the second day.

Thank you very much for the interview.

Editorial note: This is an abridged version of an interview published in Ortho Tribune Asia Pacific Edition, No. 1+2, 2017. Readers can access the complete issue free of charge in the Dental Tribune International online print archive.

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