9th APO Regional Conference unravels Advanced Biomechanics in Orthodontics

By Hertz A. Alano, DDM
Resident, University of the Philippines

The Association of Philippine Orthodontists (APO) held its 9th Regional Conference at the Acacia Hotel, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa last August 7-8, 2017. The event was spearheaded by Dr. Martin Reyes, President of APO, that was attended by 228 participants composed of general practitioners, post-graduate residents and orthodontists across the country.

The two-day lecture and workshop focused on Advanced Biomechanics and Class II correction. Dr. Chetan Jayade, one of the leading educators and orthodontists in India, facilitated the sessions in order to hone the orthodontic skills of local residents and clinicians.

On day one, Dr. Jayade revisited the fundamentals of applied biomechanics including the six variations of normal-wire geometries. He introduced the Geometry X concept, new wire bracket configuration, that will enable practitioners to effectively and efficiently retract and upright ectopic canines. He also discussed the use of Mulligan’s Intrusion Arch for the correction of bimaxillary protrusion, enhanced Torque delivery with the use of wire auxillaries and segmental springs for improved root torque, Space Creation during aligning stages using NiTi with composite bead, Augmentation of Composite Beads for Class III cases, Anterior Advancing Arch for molar upgrighting and Catilever springs for canine intrusion. Day one culminated with the hands-on workshop applying the concept of Geometry X on study models.

Day Two lectures centered on the Class II malocclusion case variations, its differential diagnosis, current fixed functional appliances to correct it, paradigm shift on its mode of advancement/duration of treatment and the emerging trends in its correction. The highlight of the two-day lecture was the introduction of modifications in the design and clinical use of ForsusTM Fatigue Resistant Device (FRD). Dr. Jayade facilitated an exclusive workshop attended by the first one-hundred participants who signed-up for the exercise.

Among the other highlights of the two-day conference were the induction of Dr. Josievitz Tan-Zafra as fellow of the association, exchange of fellowship tokens between the Taiwan Association of Orthodontists (TAO) and the Association of Philippine Orthodontists (APO), the induction of student members from various local universities, raffle draws and the trade exhibits with overwhelming participation from leading orthodontics and dental vendors across the country.

The conference has definitely enhanced the knowledge and skills of the participants in order to deliver excellent patient satisfaction in their respective practices. Moreover, it has strengthened the camaraderie among the association’s fellows, members, diplomates, residents, affilitates and friends. Kudos to Dr. Martin Reyes and the steering committee!



“Everything was worth it! The lecture was very informative and educational. Dr. Chetan Jayade shared his knowledge on Advanced Biomechanics. I enjoyed the conference because I gained new friends from other post-graduate schools. Overall, the experience was wonderful and I am looking forward to the APOC conference in Boracay.”

Dr. Christian S. Hernal
Resident, Centro Escolar University

"Excellent presentation by Dr. Chetan Jayade. The discussions about Advanced Biomechanics and Class II Correction were very helpful. The lecture was well-structured and clear. The videos presented and hands-on exercises made it easy for me to understand. The Forsus hands-on workshop was indeed very awesome. Kudos to Dr. Martin Reyes and the rest of the team of APO! "

Dr. Ken Ken L. Benedicto
Resident, University of the Philippines