More than 700 dentists and specialists from Australia and internationally attended the ACAS 2020 Symposium hosted by the Australasian Clear Aligner Society (Feb 21 & 22) at Sydney’s International Convention Centre (ICC), Darling Harbour.
Dubbed as “the largest clear aligner symposium in the Southern Hemisphere” the event more than lived up to its reputation and was judged a huge success by attendees and organisers alike.
Comments like: “It brings the best of the clear aligner community together”; “Seeing OHT’s, dentists and orthodontists learning together was a sight to behold”; “Amazing organisation, incredible tradeshow”; are just some of the many overwhelmingly positive comments from participants.
A key vibe of the gathering was the sense of ‘community’ engendered by the scientific program and sharing of experiences among industry doyens and peers, all with a common interest in aligner technology and improving their skill sets.
Joint symposium organiser, Dr George Adelmalek, said the event had been staged in response to the overwhelming demand for impartial advice and information on clear aligner technology – coming from both general dentists and specialists alike.
Clear aligner revolution
“Clear aligner technology has been rapidly adopted in Australia and is providing a bridge into orthodontic treatments among adult patients – who are visiting both general dentists and orthodontic specialists in unprecedented numbers for both restorative and cosmetic treatments.”
Dr Adelmalek who is a dental practitioner and lecturer at Melbourne’s Latrobe University, places a high emphasis on patient education with the aim that all patients know precisely what is happening in their mouth and the techniques needed to help maintain their teeth for life.
He and fellow organiser, Dr John Hagiliassis have the same approach to clear aligner technology, seeing it as a practical and affordable way for practitioners and patients to achieve great results.
Dr Hagiliassis is the founder of Aesthetic Orthodontic and Restorative Training Academy (AORTA), which aims to promote the further education of dental clinicians in the new field of digital dentistry and aesthetic orthodontics.
The ACAS Symposium is an extension of the educational efforts of both Dr Adelmalek and Dr Hagiliassis in providing professional development seminars for the wider dental industry, inviting clinicians from across all specialist fields to speak and share their knowledge and expertise with the audience.
Impressive quality speakers from the United States, Italy and New Zealand joined the high profile line-up of Australian speakers to host sessions covering everything from the clinical aspects of aligner technology and other aesthetic and functional treatments such as dental implants and whitening treatments, to the business side of attracting patients, case presentation and general practice management.
Key nationally-known speakers included: Dr Fadi Yassmin of former Channel 7 reality TV show: “10 Ten years younger in 10 days” fame; Prof Ali Darendeliler; Dr Tony Weir; Dr Steven Semaan; Dr John Hagiliassis; Dr Jeff Kho; Dr David Penn and Dr Sam Koh. They were joined by international line-up of speakers including: Prof James Mah USA; Dr Skip Truitt (USA), Dr Jason Ng (NZ) and Prof Giovani (Italy).
Clear aligner trade show:
A trade show with more than a dozen major exhibitors was held in conjunction with the scientific and practice management sessions, featuring major aligner companies, 3D scanners and laser dentistry equipment; digital imaging equipment; practice management and 3D digital software; equipment and patient finance companies; along with major dental equipment suppliers.
ACAS industry awards:
The industry also celebrated together with an evening cocktail party and took time out to award outstanding members of the aligner community, including Dr Tony Weir who was presented with the lifetime achievement award for his pioneering work with clear aligners; together with Dr John Hagiliassis who has overseen more than 3000 Invisalign cases; and Dr Steven Semaan who achieved an astonishing 1000 clear aligner cases in one year through his practice.
The very experienced Dr Matthew Youssef of The Melbourne Smile Centre was the winner of the Kesling Award for clinical excellence (named after the inventor of the ‘Positioner’ appliance that ultimately led to the evolution of the clear aligner technique, US orthodontist, Dr Harold Kesling).
The award – judged by a panel of industry experts comprising Prof James Mah, Prof Ali Darendeliler, Dr Tony Weir and Dr Steven Semaan – evaluated the 10 best clear aligner cases submitted for judging.
Dr Youssef won the judges highest score and kindly donated his $1000 cash prize to charity.
ACAS2021 – Melbourne: The ACAS be running the award again and will be awarded at the next ACAS symposium: ACAS2021 – Melbourne (Crown) from 18-20th February, 2021. More information visit: www.acasociety.com