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A ‘Big Easy’ weekend at the AAO Annual Session

The skyline of New Orleans beckons attendees to the AAO Annual Session, taking place Saturday through Monday. (Photo: thepipe26, via Wikimedia Commons)
Aaron Rothkopf, Dental Tribune USA

Aaron Rothkopf, Dental Tribune USA

Sat. 4 May 2024


It’s going to be easy to learn and have fun in the Big Easy at this year’s American Association of Orthodontists Annual Meeting, taking place this weekend in New Orleans. For more than a century, orthodontists from around the world have converged each year to attend the annual session, and this year is no different. The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will be the setting for three days of exhibits, technology and more as more than 350 companies display the latest in orthodontic technology.

Attendees looking for specialized approaches to orthodontics have five different paths to choose from. As part of this year’s event, you can Create Your Experience and learn new approaches, freshen your skills and be the first to know about advances in clinical subject matters.

For those interested in discoveries and breakthroughs in orthodontics, the Scientific Advance path will show you how to bring the latest science into your practice as well as featuring sessions where you can learn about 3-D printing, research and craniofacial imaging. At this year’s event you can also learn about vertical control, orthognathic surgery and sleep apnea and airway management.

You can learn new techniques and brush up on old skills in the Clinical Techniques path. Attendees can dive into a wide assortment of treatment topics, including clinical pearls, diagnosis and treatment planning, interdisciplinary treatments and impacted teeth.

Hope and inspiration and a deeper understanding of how to incorporate them into your office are the key elements of the Inspiration and Wellbeing path. Attendees will see techniques to help foster better employee relations as well as manage office culture and deal with emotional wellness. Also learn how to motivate your team and attract top talent for your practice.

While teeth are the primary point of the AAO, running a successful practice is important too. The Business Success path will give you the insights you need to keep your practice running smoothly and financially sound. Presenters will show you how to ensure long-term success and a stable practice with presentations on accounting, managing inventory and human resources. You’ll also learn how to master topics such as finance, communication and customer service.

Artificial intelligence is a rapidly emerging innovation and you can use it in your practice. The fifth path you can chose from is the Innovation and Tech Talk path. This networking opportunity will show you the best new technology for your patients. You can learn about artificial intelligence and new appliances that can transform your orthodontic practice. This path will also focus on cybersecurity as well as teledentistry.

This year’s event kicked off with keynote speaker and high-flying pilot Carey Lohrenz. Serving as the first female F-14 fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, Lohrenz served on the USS Abraham Lincoln and was one of only five female aviators out of a crew of 5,000. In her presentation, Lohrenz shared four fundamental principles that have helped her: inspire, use good judgement, take initiative and make powerful decisions with integrity.

For those looking for continuing education, you can earn 15.5 CE credits at this year’s AAO. A wide assortment of sessions is taking place over the next three days, including throughout the exhibit hall.

Don’t forget to download the live exhibit hall map and learn about the latest technology changes in the field of orthodontics directly from the companies.

The exhibit hall is open from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

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