A clear world vision of the future

In addition to the packed Congress programme, delegates are encouraged to make time to explore the beautiful city of Torino, sometimes referred to as the capital of Baroque, with its many palaces and churches built in that style during the 18th century. The first capital city of modern Italy, it is nestled between rolling hills with views to the Italian Alps in the distance. Today, Torino is also an important centre of technology and industry and home to the Italian car maker FIAT.

This year’s Congress will stand out as the most sustainable to be staged by EAS to-date with measures in place to reduce waste, including going paper-free, plus plans to off-set carbon generated during the event. Additionally, EAS is in talks with a specialist recycling organisation to explore ways in which plastic aligners might be recycled in the future – something which is currently extremely challenging as aligners are medical devices that must be sterilised before they can be recycled.


The scientific committee of the European Aligner Society has attracted so many of the world’s leading experts in aligner orthodontics and digital dentistry that the plenary sessions span two days. The 24-carat programme highlights include:

Thursday May 11
Join a series of workshops taking place throughout the day.
Details to be announced.

Friday May 12

Advances in aligner treatment: Materials, Biomechanics, 3D printing and TADS.

Ravindra Nanda, USA: is Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut, Farmington, Connecticut. He is also an Adjunct Professor at The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge Ma. USA. He has co-authored more than 300 scientific papers and is Editor-in-Chief of Progress in Orthodontics. He is also an Associate Editor of Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. He is the Past President of North Atlantic Component of Angle Society and an Honorary Fellow of WFO. He has given numerous named lectures at national and international societies including Mershon Lecture and Angle Heritage Award Lecture at American Association of Orthodontics and Sheldon Friel Lecture at 2011 EOS Congress. Dr. Nanda has authored 10 text books, including co-authoring Temporary Anchorage Devices with Drs. Uribe and Yada, and most recently Principles and Biomechanics of Aligner Orthodontic Treatment with Drs. Castroflorio, Garino and Ojima.

What are we going to do with all this FUTURE? 

Renato Cocconi: Dr. Renato Cocconi MD, MS obtained his postgraduate degree in orthodontics with full marks and honours in 1993 at the University of Milan. In the last 30 years his practice has been exclusively dedicated to orthodontics. He directs the FACExp Ortho-Surgical Center in Parma together with his partner Silvia Rapa. He is involved in extensive scientific and educational activities, and has been invited as keynote speaker by the most important international orthodontic societies and universities in Europe and US. He is an active member of the Angle Society of Europe and the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.
In the recent years his attention has focused on the digital evolution of orthodontics, interdisciplinary treatments and ortho-facial surgery together with Prof. Raffaini.

and Silvia Rapa, Italy: attended the three-year postgraduate program at the Orthodontic Department of the University of Milan where she obtained her Masters of Science Degree with full marks and honours in 2009. She has practiced orthodontics exclusively since 2009, and since 2011 has worked in Parma in the FACExp Ortho Surgical Center with her partner Renato Cocconi. She has a particular interest in digital planning, treatment protocols and clear aligners. She has participated as a lecturer in several orthodontic meetings and is a member of S.I.D.O and a founder member of the “FACExp-Experts in Orthodontics” Society.

It shines like gold but is it? The patient’s clear aligner journey.

Carlos Flores Mir, Canada is the Orthodontic Graduate Program Director Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, University of Alberta College of Health Sciences Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

He is a full-time tenured faculty member at the University of Alberta and Graduate Program Director since 2010. He has published more than 400 peer-reviews articles/commentaries, plus is Associate Editor of several orthodontic journals and has presented on Clinical Orthodontics and Evidence-based Orthodontics at more than 150 international events. He now runs a part-time extramural private practice as an associate orthodontist in Edmonton, Alberta.

Treatment of open-bite cases with aligners: what we need and what we can give up.

Aldo Giancotti, Italy: has run his orthodontic practice based in Rome since 1984, focusing on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental malocclusions and related disorders. It offers patients, teenagers and adults premium treatments using latest technology. Further underscoring its reliability, the practice matches excellence certifications of the I.B.O. (Italian Board of Orthodontics) and E.B.O. (European Board of Orthodontics), constantly enhancing progress and innovation in smile and facial aesthetics.

Deep bite treatment with aligners: The power of less.

Dr Alessandro Greco, Italy: After obtaining his Dental Degree in 1999 at the University of Rome, his Postgraduate Degree in Orthodontics at the University of Ferrara in 2007 and his PhD at University of Rome in 2015, Dr Alessandro Greco is now Visiting Professor at University of Ferrara and Visiting Professor at University of L’Aquila in Italy. He is a Member of Italian Board of Orthodontics since 2009 and Member of European Board of Orthodontists since 2012 and a Clinical Speaker Invisalign and Faculty Member for Align Technology. Additionally, he is Past President of both the Italian Association of Orthodontists Specialists and the Bidimensional Technique. He has authored scientific papers in national and international journals, and is a speaker at national and international courses and meetings. Dr Greco runs his own dental practice in Rome which has an exclusive focus on orthodontics.

Hybrid treatments with in-office direct-printed aligners.

Bjorn Ludwig, Germany: runs a private orthodontic practice in Traben-Trarbach, Germany, plus is Assistant Professor at the University of Homburg/Saar, Department of Orthodontics. The focus of his research work is skeletal anchorage and 3D imaging. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed clinical and scientific articles and is editor of several books. He is editor in chief of the Quintessenz publication Kieferorthopädie (Orthodontics). He is also co-editor of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. He works on the council of the German Board of Orthodontics and is past president of the European Begg Society.

The case for early expansion with clear aligners.

Sandra Tai, Canada: is a practicing Specialist in Orthodontics in Vancouver, Canada and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, as well as Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of the Pacific. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics. She has been an Invisalign certified orthodontist since 2000, treating close to 4,000 cases with clear aligners. She is author of the textbook Clear Aligner Technique, which has been translated into 12 languages. She authored a chapter on Clear Aligner Treatment in the 7th edition of Graber’s Orthodontics as well as the Moyer’s Craniofacial Growth series. She is a reviewer for the AJO-DO, Journal of Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research, APOS Trends in Orthodontics and Journal of Aligner Orthodontics. She is one of the pioneer testing doctors on Invisalign MA and Invisalign First appliance.

Transversal first: an invisible spring-loaded option.

Valentina Lanteri, Italy: After graduating in Dentistry in 2002 she obtained her Specialization in Orthodontics in 2005, both with honours, at the University of Pavia followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Dentistry at the University of Florence in 2008, a II level Master in Child Dentistry and Interceptive Orthodontics at the University of Pisa in 2009 and II level Master in Wellness, Nutrition, Sleep and Thermal Medicine, at the University of Pisa in 2010. In 2017 she obtained a PhD in Odontostomatological Sciences the University of Milan, followed by her Specialization in Paediatric Dentistry, with honours, at the University of Milan in 2021. In the academic field she is an expert on the subject at the University of Magna Graecia, Adjunct Professor at the Degree Course in Dental Hygiene - University of Pavia from 2005 to 2013, Research Fellow (2017-2020) and finally Researcher at the Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Sciences, since 2020.

My clinical approach in class II cases of teen and adult patients.

Isabel Flores Allen, Portugal: graduating in dentistry in 2007, Isabel also completed a postgraduate and specialisation course in orthodontics at the Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde-Norte at the University of Porto. She has been an Invisalign Speaker since 2017 and is an Invisalign Faculty Member. She focuses exclusively in Invisalign treatment at her clinic in the city of Porto and has been a speaker at several national and international conferences, as well as Invisalign certification courses in Portugal. She is currently a postgraduate professor of orthodontics at ISCS-N, co-founder of the Master Online Academy and current President of the Portuguese Society of Dental Aligners.

Treatment of Class III malocclusion with clear aligners.

Dalia Latkauskiene, Lithuania: works as an orthodontist in a private practice, while also teaching young people at the university because she likes their energy and enthusiasm. Sometimes she gives lectures and sometimes she studies herself because she believes orthodontics is limitless. She has a PhD in Herbst appliance which she loves. She is currently serving as the President of the Lithuanian Society of Orthodontists.

Orthognatic surgery in conjunction with clear aligners.

Udo Windsheimer, Germany: studied Dentistry at the University of Würzburg, then working as a general dentist in the department of conservative dentistry and periodontology at the University of Würzburg. Between 1997-2000 he specialized in orthodontics at the University of Ratisbona. In 2001 he was one of the first German Invisalign-certified doctors and took over an orthodontic practice in Crailsheim. Since 2007 he has also worked in a dental clinic in Munich, focused on Invisalign treatments. He is a member of Invisalign Advantage Elite Club and in 2016 founded the Orthocenter, an Aligner training institute. Dr. Windsheimer has treated more than 3,000 patients with Invisalign aligners, reaching Invisalign Diamond Provider status in 2012.

Smile aesthetics. We have to change the way we see things.

Chris Laspos, Cyprus: is an orthodontist specialist dealing with craniofacial malformations. He received his DDS in 1995 from the Dental School of the University of Athens and was a research fellow in the TMJ and Orthodontic Department at the University of Rochester, Eastman Dental Center of Rochester, New York. He specialised in orthodontics in his Master of Dental Science in the College of Dentistry, University of Tennessee, Memphis from 1996 to 1999. He specialised in individuals with craniofacial malformations in the University of Texas, South-Western Medical Center, Dallas, Texas 1999 to 2000. He has practiced at his private orthodontic center in Limassol, Cyprus since 2000 and is the founder and director of the Cyprus Center for Clefts and Facial Deformities – Medicleft, and of the Chrysallida Foundation - the Cyprus association of individuals with clefts and other craniofacial anomalies. He is published in European and American scientific journals and lectures internationally on craniofacial malformations, orthognathic surgery, multidisciplinary approach, and new technologies in orthodontics.

Mastering advanced digital protocols in complex cases when using aligners in combination with Maxillary Skeletal Expander (MSE), Micro-implants and Mini-plates. Be successful and predictable.

Ramon Mompell, Spain: completed his full orthodontic specialty as a resident at the Jiménez Díaz Foundation University Hospital in Madrid, before moving to the University of California, Los Angeles to obtain his international PhD. He currently works as an orthodontist in his private practice in Madrid. His scientific interest is focused on the expansion of the facial middle third in adults, without the need for surgery, using mini-implants. He is currently studying the after effects of expansion of the airway in combination with aligner therapy. He presents his work at international conferences and is advisory Professor at Ajou University, Seoul, Korea and University of Coimbra, Portugal. Part of his work is published in journals such as Progress in Orthodontics and American Journal of Orthodontics.

Closing remarks.

Tommaso Castroflorio, Italy: An Orthodontist living and working in Torino, Italy. He obtained both his DDS degree postgraduate degree in Orthodontics from the University of Torino. He also has a PhD degree in Human Anatomy. He has run a private practice in Torino since 2003, where he focuses his work on orthodontics and temporomandibular disorders. In 2007 he began to work with aligners, and in 2012 became an adjunct Professor of the Specialisation School of Orthodontics of the University of Torino. In 2017 he became a researcher at the same Institution, coordinating the research and teaching workflow of the specialisation school of Orthodontics. He has been the vice-director of the postgraduate school in Orthodontics of the Lingotto Dental School of the University of Torino since 2019 He has published extensively about aligner orthodontics, plus lectured in Europe, Asia and America. He is a founding member and scientific chairman of the European Aligner Society.

FAS – new kid in town

Domingo Martin, Spain: B.A., University of Southern California, M.D. University of Bilbao D.D.S. University of Bilbao, M.S. in Orthodontics University of Valencia.
Diploma For Functional Occlusion – Roth Williams Center 1991-1993 Diploma Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry 2004-2006
Active Member Angle Society of Europe - President of the Angle Society 2014-2016
Juan Carol Prize for Best Presentation at the S.E.D.O.(Spanish Society of Orthodontics) 1991.
President of the S.E.D.O. Meeting(Spanish Society of Orthodontics) 2000 San Sebastián.
Diplomate of the European Society of Orthodontics (EBO) 2008
Director of Roth-Williams Center for Functional Occlusion – Spain and Portugal
President of Roth-Williams International Society of Orthodontics.
Visiting Professor – International University of Catalunya -Barcelona Orthodontic Department
Visiting Professor University Complutense of Madrid -Department of Periodontics.
Visiting Professor Catholic University of Buenos Aires - Argentina Visiting Professor Boston University USA

Dr. Martín has presented at courses and conferences in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, China, England, Austria, Israel, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, India, Turkey, Dubai(U.A.R.), Japan, USA and many other countries
Reviewer for the European Journal of Orthodontics; Reviewer for the Journal of the Turkish Orthodontic Society; and Reviewer for the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. His private practice in San Sebastian, Spain is limited to orthodontics.

Skeletal anchorage for open bite cases using aligner orthodontics.

Kenji Ojima, Japan: is the President of Japan Academy of Aligner Orthodontics. He studied Dentistry at the University of Showa in Tokyo, Japan and received his postgraduate training in Orthodontics at the University of Showa. He is adjunct professor at the department of Orthodontics at the University of Torino in Italy and also earned an MDSc from the University of Innsbruck in Austria. He speaks at congresses around the world, plus is a scientific researcher, publishing articles about aligner treatment and acceleration. Dr. Ojima owns three private practices specialising in orthodontics in Tokyo with Dr. Chisato Dan, Dr. Watanabe and Dr. Kumagai.

Skeletal anchorage and Hybrid treatments: when and how to use it.

Giorgio Iodice, Italy: holds a degree in Dentistry with a speciality in Orthodontics from the University of Naples, where he also completed a PhD in Oral Sciences. He received the Certificate of Excellence in Orthodontics from the Italian Board of Orthodontics (IBO) and the European Board of Orthodontics (EBO). He was a Member of the IBO examining committee in 2013, 2015 and 2017, and of the SIDO Model Display examining committee in 2014. Certificated for the Incognito lingual technique in 2009, from 2012 he is Clinical Professor at the Incognito Master in Naples. In 2017 he attained a Master’s degree in Lingual Orthodontics and in 2020 in Temporo-Mandibular Disorders. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer and Clinical Tutor at the University of Naples Federico II and at the University of Otago (New Zealand). He is President 2020-2022 of the European Begg Society of Orthodontics (EBSO), Secretary of the Italian Board of Orthodontics (IBO), past-President 2020-2021 of the Italian Association of Specialists in Orthodontics (ASIO), past-President of the Italian Society of Aligners (SIALIGN), and an active member of SIDO, EOS, SIBOS, AIDOr and SIDA.

Space closure with aligners & mesialslider, 1-phase or 2-phase?

Benedict Wilmes, Germany: completed postgraduate training in oral surgery at the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Muenster, Germany and later receiving a postgraduate degree in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics at the University of the Duesseldorf. In 2013 he became Professor at the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Duesseldorf. He has authored more than 200 articles and textbook chapters, is reviewer of numerous journals and has delivered more than 400 lectures and courses in 70 different countries. His primary interest is non-compliant and invisible orthodontic treatment strategies (TADs and Aligners). Dr. Wilmes has invented numerous treatment strategies and appliances in orthodontics, such as MARPE/Hybrid Hyrax, Mesialslider, Beneslider, ‘Mousetrap’ molar intrusion and Benefit mini-implant, Beneplate. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of the Asian Pacific Orthodontic Society and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Aligner Orthodontics.

AI-driven orthodontic care: A quest towards Utopia.

Nikhilesh Vaid, India: is the President of the World Federation of Orthodontists and Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Orthodontics. He is an Adjunct Professor at Saveetha Dental College in Chennai, India and runs a private practice at the Invisalign Centre in Dubai, and in Mumbai, India. He has widely published and edited journals and roles include Editor in Chief of APOS Trends in Orthodontics from 2010-20, of which he is currently EIC- Emeritus. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers and text book chapters and lectured in more than 50 countries, including at the AAO Annual Sessions, the International Orthodontic Congresses, ALADA, AOS ,APOS. His current areas of interest are Evidence Based Decision-Making, Technology, Aligners, Orthodontic Rx effects and Management Protocols.

Direct printed aligners, a new area of aligner thinking

Simon Graf, Switzerland: a dental graduate of the University of Bern in 2007, followed by a three-year orthodontic postgraduate program at the University of Base, he opened Smile AG (German for Smile Inc.) private orthodontic clinic in Belp, Switzerland in 2014. He is the inventor and pioneer of CAD/CAM procedures for metal and acrylic 3D printed orthodontic appliances.

Where does an in-office aligner system fit into your daily practice.

Rooz Koshravi, USA: a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington, Dr. Rooz is passionate about integration of digital technology in the practice of orthodontics with primary focus on the implementation of 3D printing and an in-office aligner system. He practices at PORTH, a modern orthodontic clinic with two locations in Bellevue and Sammamish, WA. In addition to private practice and academic life, Dr. Rooz is a clinical advisor to a number of companies expanding the boundaries of digital orthodontics. He also founded the Digital Orthodontic Hub (DOH) where he has trained orthodontists and their team on integration of 3D printing technology in their practice.

3D printed aligners: In search of the evidence.

Nearchos Panayi, Cyprus: is an orthodontist based in Limassol, Cyprus. He is a scientific collaborator at the European University Cyprus, Dental School and a visiting Research Scientist at the Clinic of Orthodontics, Center of Dental Medicine, University of Zurich, in Switzerland. He studied dentistry at Athens Dental School (1992–1997) and orthodontics at Tel Aviv University (1998–2001) before building his private practice, which now comprises two digital orthodontic offices in Limassol and Larnaca, Cyprus. He has helped develop concepts, ideas, and methods to transform traditional orthodontics to digital orthodontics and is the inventor of the orthodontic CAD software Ubrackets for in-house designing of customised, fixed orthodontic appliances. He also introduced the use of general-purpose CAD software in orthodontics for orthodontic appliance design. He is the editor of a book called DIY, Design It Yourself Orthodontics, has co-authored other orthodontics books and published articles on customized brackets, aligner printing and bracket material research.

Aligners: almost ready to face the next challenges.

Marco Rosa, Italy: graduated as Medical Doctor in 1981 before completing postgraduate studies in Dentistry and then in Orthodontics. He is the former President and active member of the Angle Society of Europe and both European Board and Italian Board of Orthodontics certified. His primary areas of interest are early treatment: key points and new procedures, space closure in case of upper missing incisors, ortho-perio and interdisciplinary treatment, regularly publishing and lecturing internationally about these topics. He works in private practice, limited to Orthodontics, in Trento, Northern Italy and he is visiting professor at a number of universities in Italy and abroad.

Skeletal malocclusions, 3D technology and aligners: it’s a good combination!

Juan Carlos Perez Varela, Spain: -lists his qualifications as a Degree in Medicine and Dentistry. Univ of Santiago de Compostela MD, DDS. Post-Graduate Degree in Orthodontics. Univ of Valencia. Fellowship Univ of Ohio. Doctor in Medicine and Surgery Ph D. He is a Spanish Board of Orthodontics Member, European Board of Orthodontics Member and an Ibero American Board of Orthodontics Member. He is also an active member of The Angle Society of Europe, President of Spanish Society of Orthodontist and SEDO-AMBASSADOR of AAO (American Association of Orthodontics) and MOIP.

Interdisciplinary treatment with aligner therapy is easy: Fact or Fiction?

Dr. Sam Daher, Canada: one of the early adopters of the Invisalign technique, Dr. Daher incorporated Invisalign to his orthodontic practice shortly after its inception, then successfully established the first Invisalign-only orthodontic practice in the world in his hometown, Vancouver, in 2009. Dr. Daher became an Aligntech Institute Faculty member and keynote speaker for Align Technology and lectured worldwide on his effective approach. He is also an associate Professor at his alma mater, Université de Montréal. He became the top Invisalign submitter globally 2009 – 2011 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Invisalign Ortho Summit. Dr. Daher authored a chapter in a textbook and co-authored several articles published in reputable per-refereed journals on the topic of aligner treatment. He is an active member of both American & Canadian Association of Orthodontists (AAO & CAO) and a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO).

John Morton, USA: A VP Technical Fellow at Align Technology, he focuses on improving orthodontic treatment using aligner appliances through the application of biomechanical principles. He previously held positions as Director of Research in the department of orthodontics at the University of Connecticut and as a consultant for the NIH, universities and private companies. He also founded OrthoMeasurements, Inc., a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing orthodontic force and force and moment measuring instruments.


The Congress will close on the Saturday evening with a Party by the River where delegates can enjoy of music and dancing, as well as sampling Italian culinary delights.

Congress registration is now open with more information and booking details from: https://eas-aligners.com/4th-eas-congress.

The European Aligner Society looks forward to welcoming delegates to its 4th Congress in the wonderful city of Turin on 11-13th May 2023.
For more information, please visit EAS website.

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