Tomorrow my family, staff and I will be heading down to the annual American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) national convention in Orlando, Florida. I will be busy with responsibilities for my position on the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics. Additionally, there is the opportunity to catch up with the latest technology available in orthodontics, and the decisions that follow of whether to implement this new technology into Meadows Orthodontics. There are also hundreds of lectures and continuing education classes to choose from for myself and our staff. I thought I would highlight some of the things I will be doing and checking out at the convention.
- I will spend the entire day Friday as the instructor of the preparation course for the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) Exam. I will be teaching two sessions to orthodontists and orthodontic residents who are preparing and studying to be Board Certified. Becoming Board Certified is important for our profession, and helping others with this process not only helps relieve some of the stress they are feeling through the long preparation process, but is also an opportunity for me to remain as sharp as possible (I study several times a year to prepare to teach the course).
- On Sunday morning I will be judging over 400 finished braces cases submitted by residents from programs across the country. The competition involves accessing quality of finish of the completed cases (patients that have been treated with braces), taking into account the difficulty of the case and the severity of the initial misalignment of the teeth and jaws. It is always inspiring to see our future orthodontists striving to attain such a high level of quality in treating patients.
- We have had an optical- digital scanner that replaces most impressions needed in our office (reducing the amount of goopy impressions needed), but there is a new generation out that we will be receiving soon that is multiple times faster and smaller. For those of you that have had this scan, it takes the scan time down from about five minutes to well under one minute!
- There are numerous lectures and research presentations on a technology that has been out for a while- using specific frequencies of vibrations to accelerate tooth movement- that I will be looking into. Many offices across the country offer this technology, but the problem has been a lack of credible evidence of it’s effectiveness, and a very steep price that is transferred to patients. I will look into the latest evidence and cost-benefit for my patients.
- And of course, we will spend several days at Disneyworld while we are there!
Dr. Dan Rejman is the owner of Meadows Orthodontics in Castle Rock, CO. There are two convenient Castel Rock locations- one in the Meadows, and one near Founders/Terrain and close to Parker.