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‘Bridging Science and Technology’ — AAO to hold annual session in San Francisco

The American Association of Orthodontists’ 115th Annual Session will take place May 15 to 19 in San Francisco. (Photo:
Sierra Rendon, DTA

Sierra Rendon, DTA

Wed. 13 May 2015


NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: What better site for a meeting focused on “Bridging Science and Technology” than San Francisco, the site of the historic Golden Gate Bridge and just north of Silicon Valley? The American Association of Orthodontists will host its 115th session at the famed Moscone Center in San Francisco from May 15-19.

AAO President Robert E. Varner, DMD, said the meeting’s education program will “encompass the latest information on every aspect of technology applicable to orthodontic clinical care and practice management, while also delving deeply into clinical topics and scientific advances on the horizon.”

At the event, more than 100 doctors’ lectures will focus on numerous clinical and practice-management topics.

Featured speakers include Dr. Laura Berman, a world-renowned sex and relationship educator and therapist; TV, radio and Internet host; and assistant clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Berman has helped countless couples build stronger relationships, improve their sex lives and achieve more intimacy through her TV and radio shows, books, columns and website, along with her private practice based in Chicago. She serves on the advisory board for “The Dr. Oz Show” and is a regular guest on The Steve Harvey Show. Her session is “The Passion Prescription.”

Sixteen Pacific Rim speakers will lecture on topics such as management of third molars, photobiomodulation and lingual orthodontics using mini-tube appliances (MTAs).

A wide variety of other educational sessions are available, including:

  • “Lessons Learned in 35 Years of Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea” with Harry Legan.
  • “Efficient Mechanics with TADs to Manage Complex Orthodontic Problems” with Ravindra Nanda.
  • “Digital Orthodontics: Efficiency and Effectiveness of Tooth Alignment with the SureSmile System” by Anthony Puntillo.
  • “Micro-perforations: Indications and Application in Your Daily Orthodontic Practice” with Mani Alikhani.
  • “Surgery-facilitated Orthodontic Tooth Movement: What is the Evidence and How Does it Work?” by Yijin Ren.

On top of all of the learning opportunities, this year’s AAO session is also jam-packed with a bevy of interactive and social events attendees won’t want to miss. Some of these include:

  • Opening ceremonies on Saturday, May 16, from 5-7 p.m. featuring legendary rock ‘n’ roll band Huey Lewis and the News. Tickets are $25.
  • 5K Fun Run and Walk on Sunday, May 17, from 6:30-8 a.m. $25 per person and includes T-shirt.
  • Excellence in Orthodontics Award Ceremony, noon to 2:15 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Moscone Center. It’s $60 per ticket and includes lunch (or $15 ticket for awards/speaker, not including lunch). Keynote speaker Jay Leno is sure to make this a fun and exciting event.

Finally, attendees will definitely want to check out the 300,000-square-feet AAO Exhibit Hall featuring more than 300 exhibitors all gathered under one roof. If you have questions about a new product or want to learn what technology is best for your practice, you will want to save some time to browse the hall.

To learn more about the AAO’s Annual Session, visit or download the AAO mobile app on your phone.


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