Pre-congress course

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Andrew Dibiase

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Andrew Dibiase

Andrew DiBiase is a hospital consultant base in Kent in the UK. He undertook his undergraduate training at Kings College, London; his postgraduate training at the Royal London Hospital and the Charles Clifford Dental School, Sheffield. 

Since his appointment he has developed an extensive research portfolio, is part of the UK orthodontic National Clinic Trials Network and has received numerous awards and grants.

His research interests include the clinical effectiveness of appliances and the psychosocial impact of malocclusion. Andrew also runs a successful private practice and has published and lectured internationally, has published over 65 papers in peer reviewed journals and co-authored two textbooks.  
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Martyn Cobourne

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Martyn Cobourne

Dr. Martyn Cobourne is a Professor of Orthodontics, Head of Department at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

He was the director of Research and a Trustee of the British Orthodontic Society during the period from 2012-2016 and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthodontics. His clinical research interests are in the field of evidence-based orthodontic treatment, with an emphasis on the efficacy of interventions designed to reduce orthodontic treatment time. In addition, he also leads a laboratory-based research group investigating the molecular basis of early craniofacial development, focusing on the aetiological basis of oro-facial clefting, holoprosencephaly and regulation of tooth number.

Professor Cobourne had an orthodontic training at King’s College in London and the United Medical and Dental Schools at Guy’s and St Thomas’. During his clinical training, he carried out a UK Medical Research Council-funded Clinical Training Fellowship and completed a PhD in craniofacial developmental biology in the laboratory of Paul Sharpe at Guy’s Dental Hospital. He was subsequently appointed Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics at King’s College London in 2004 and was promoted to Professor of Orthodontics in 2010. He has over 125 peer-reviewed publications and is the author of three orthodontic textbooks, including the highly successful Handbook of Orthodontics. In 2017, he was elected to the Board of Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


Evidence Based Orthodontics for Your Clinical Practice

Orthodontics is an exciting and constantly evolving specialty. Almost every day there are new products and techniques being introduced that promise more effective treatment. We all want to produce the best outcomes for our patients, so how do we make the right treatment choices? A key foundation for good clinical practice is to incorporate the best available evidence.

This intensive course will use a variety of clinical case scenarios and discuss the best available evidence for their management. We will use common clinical problems to illustrate how the latest research can help inform treatment choices. We will also highlight where evidence is currently lacking and discuss appropriate management options. Topics that will be covered include how to evaluate the evidence, early treatment, functional appliances, edgewise bracket systems, tooth agenesis, impacted teeth, class III malocclusion, skeletal anchorage, accelerated orthodontics and patient-centered outcomes.
This course is ideal for postgraduate orthodontic students preparing for specialty examinations and specialist orthodontists who want to stay up-to-date with the current evidence base. It is also suitable for general dental practitioners who wish to learn more about managing malocclusion and orthodontic therapists who may wish to further their knowledge.

The course will discuss the following topics

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  • Evidence based orthodontics  
    • The core concepts of evidence based practice 
    • Understanding and interpreting the literature in orthodontics 
  • Treatment decisions: using the evidence 
    • Extraction versus non-extraction in diagnostic planning 
    • Using the straight wire appliance
  • How fast can we move teeth?
    • Strategies for moving teeth faster
    • Evidence base for the use of adjunctive treatments
  • The timing of treatment: earlier the better?
    • Distinguishing early from interceptive treatment 
    • Evidence base for the early treatment of different malocclusions
  • The use and misuse of functional appliances      
    • The rationale for functional appliance treatment 
    • Using the twin block.
    • Fixed-functional appliances
  • Managing missing teeth  
    • Epidemiology of missing teeth Managing absent second premolars
    • Space closure or space opening for absent maxillary incisors
  • Skeletal anchorage: stretching the envelope
    • The use of miniscrews for anchorage 
    • Using skeletal anchorage in the correction of malocclusion 
  • Customized orthodontic treatment     
    • Digital technology in orthodontics 
    • The effectiveness of customized appliances