THE EAS PROJECT
The European Aligner Society was launched in May 2014 through the combined enthusiasm of 6 clinicians with a passion for aligner therapy. The original concept, raised in a late-night post-meeting session in Amsterdam, resulted in the formation of a registered Society, with 5 founder members – Dr Tommaso Castroflorio, Dr Clemens Fricke, Dr Graham Gardner, Dr Francesco Garino, and Dr Leslie Joffe. Dr Juan Carlos Rivero Lesmes joined as a director soon thereafter. The 6 clinicians directed the fledgling EAS on its path as a scientific society, whose aims are to provide information and education on aligner therapy, a treatment modality which has shown an incremental growth in interest over the last decade amongst both clinicians, patients and technology companies.
Venice 2019 - The Spring Meeting
The European Aligner Society’s Spring Meeting attracted 354 delegates from 41 countries to Venice between March 29-31 2019, so was truly an international forum for disseminating expertise about clear aligner therapy. It was a true reflection of the way a shared passion can bring people from diverse countries together.
The Society’s education committee had curated a progressive programme which explored the rapid and perpetual advances in technologies and techniques related to aligner orthodontics and had attracted an International line-up of expert and renowned speakers to deliver the lectures.
The programme kicked off with a pre-congress workshop series covering hot topics in aligner orthodontics from accelerated treatment options, advanced monitoring to CBCT integration.
The main plenary programme on day two traversed the treatment modality from aligner biomechanics, teen treatment, finishing tips, complex treatments, 3D diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as the integration of restorative treatment options and planning and how it fits into the Digital Smile Design concept. Patient care also formed a core plank of the programme.
Highlights of programme included Dr Sean Carlson from the USA who presented ways of enhancing orthodontic treatment and diagnosis using 3D technology. From west to east Dr Stephen Chang from Taiwan delivered his Insights into aligner biomechanics and was followed by Dr Julia Haubrich from Germany who shared her experiences treating teens with aligner orthodontics.
Spain’s Dr Christina Viyula offered her keys for a perfect finish, and the management of the posterior open bite whilst Dr Federico Migliori from Italy followed with a lecture of asymmetries and aligners, from digital planning to treatment mechanics. Japan and Brazil converged in the final lecture of the plenary session with Dr Christian Coachman and Dr Kenji Ojima enlightened delegates about how to stay ahead of the game with Dental Smile Design and aligners. This dual presentation featured Dr Coachman on the big screen live from the USA and Dr Ojima on stage.
Venice 2018 - The Second Congress
It was with great excitement that EAS approached its next international Congress in February 2018 in the breath-taking atmosphere of Venice.
Under the theme: “Are you ready to become Invisible?” the three-day meeting covered current trends, directions, possibilities and techniques in aligner treatment.
The scientific Program
The Scientific Program featured many of the specialty’s most distinguished lecturers with presentations on biomechanics, auxiliaries, hybrid treatments, teen treatments, TADs and digital smile design. Luis Carriere, Benedict Wilmes, Junji Sugawara, John Morton and Christian Coachman were among a host of speakers – 33 in total.
The full complement of speakers covered cases treated with different systems, the treatment of malocclusions, understanding tooth movement, an interdisciplinary approach to treatment, technical issues such as biomechanics, and digital smile design and the need for restorative dentistry to understand and incorporate orthodontics as well. Eleven posters were also presented during the congress.
Breakfast with the Expert
A special “Breakfast with the Expert” was held on Sunday morning in order to give to participants the opportunity of a peer-to-peer discussion with the top experts in the field of aligner orthodontics. A full-day post-congress course was held on 19 February during which Dr Christian Coachman gave lectures on the digital smile design revolution, with a live patient demonstration. The attendance of 554 delegates confirmed that a meeting focussing on aligner therapy is both needed and greatly valued by orthodontic clinicians. The Journal of Aligner Orthodontics, published by Quintessence, was launched as the official journal of the EAS at this event.