|Friday, 01 March 2013|
The BOC’s annual meeting opened with a warm welcome from Dr James Spencer and was followed by the UTG and research session, with several thought-provoking research presentations. The popular political session began with Dr Brian Kelly, Senior Orthodontic Advisor, who explained how NHSBSA Dental services assist providers and commissioning organisations to manage their orthodontic contracts.
Later, organisational changes across health and social care were highlighted by Samantha Illingworth, Dental, Pharmacy and Optical Lead and Dr Sue Gregory, Deputy Chief Dental Officer.
Opening the main scientific programme, best-selling author Dr Ben Goldacre gave a witty presentation on the importance of evaluating data and the risk of distorting evidence and interventions. He also highlighted how studies can be flawed by design and over-state the claimed benefits.
These themes were taken further by Dr DiBiase, whose presentation “The truth: Is it out there?” highlighted the importance of basing treatment decisions on more than just the latest trend or advertising.
Dr Rishma Shah and Dr Nigel Hunt explored current research outcomes associated with the craniofacial musculature glass fibre templates and how these may be translated from primary research to clinical orthodontics. In another session, the complexities of the orthodontic-restorative interface were highlighted by Drs Johal and Shahdad, who presented clinical cases and treatments and explored how to achieve an optimal aesthetic and functional result.
Professor Martyn Cobourne engaged delegates on tooth development, human hypodontia and supernumerary formation. Self-ligating brackets present biochemical issues that differ from other bracket systems and Dr Frank Weiland highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of this system.
Orthodontic management of patients with periodontitis and key factors for successful management were covered by Dr Ewa Czochrowska, who highlighted clinical cases including patients with chronic and aggressive periodontitis.
In a later session, Dr Sebastian Baumgartel, who has lectured nationally and internationally on orthodontic mini-implants, presented two lectures on the fundamentals for highly successful temporary anchorage devices (TADs) placement and biomechanical concepts. These evidence-based lectures identified clinical strategies for more confident TAD insertions.
Drs Spary and Barreto presented the results of their latest randomised clinical trial between twin blocks and the modified Dynamax and details of a new functional appliance, while a Q&A session by Professor Kevin O’Brien covered the GDC as well the role of orthodontic therapists.
The final day opened with the prestigious Northcroft Lecture, delivered by Professor Donald Burden, who explored the contemporary understanding of health and the role of orthodontics to an individual’s overall well-being. This lecture clarified how we can articulate the benefits of modern orthodontics in terms of the impact on psychological and social well-being. The issue of eating disorders was approached by mental health nurse Ms Kathryn Weaver, who updated the audience on access to appropriate support services. Finally, Dr Richard Cousely concluded the programme by challenging the clinical boundaries in the management of skeletal open-bites with TADs, by highlighting his latest protocol for mini-implant intrusion.
We look forward to seeing you in Manchester 2013. l
Ms Joyti Vasudev, SpR
Jaspal S Panesar
Clinical Lead at Heart of England Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham