Pre-Congress Workshops

Pre-Congress Workshops

Pre-Congress Workshops will take place from Thursday 19 to Friday 20 March 2020. They will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre. 

These workshops are not included in the registration category and tickets can be purchased via the online form.

CPD points available

  • Workshop attendance receives additional points at 1 point per hour
Full Day Workshop Ticket $150
Half Day Workshop Ticket  $90

Thursday 19 March 2020

Skeletal Anchorage for Improvement of Orthodontic and Orthopedic Treatment Options - Orthomax

Date: Thursday 19 March
Time: 0930 – 1730
Presenter: Benedict Wilmes (Germany)

Current options for skeletal anchorage in orthopedic and orthodontic treatment work
Their small size allows mini-implants to be inserted in a variety of sites. Currently, the alveolar process is still the most preferred insertion site. However, due to the varying bone quality and the risk of root contact, the survival rate of implants inserted in the alveolar ridge still needs improvement. Other regions, such as the anterior palate and the mental region provide much better conditions for TAD insertion, since the amount and quality of the available bone is far superior. Mini-Implants with different types of abutments and connectors allow the construction of versatile and cost efficient appliances for a large variety of orthopedic and orthodontic applications. Utilizing TAD´s in the anterior palate and the mental region eliminates the risk of root injury and takes the implants out of the path of tooth movement. The design of interchangeable abutment systems provides the orthodontist with a skeletal anchorage system that integrates easily into clinical practice and allows treatment of cases that were difficult or impossible to treat previously.

Professor Wilmes did a postgraduate training in oral surgery at the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Muenster, Germany. He received a M.S. and a post graduate degree in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at the University of the Duesseldorf, Germany.

In 2004 he became Assistant Professor, in 2006 Associate Professor at the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Duesseldorf. Since 2013 he is Professor at the same University.

Professor Wilmes is reviewer and consultant of the Angle Orthodontist, the World Journal of Orthodontics, the Journal of Dental Research and the German Board (DIN) for orthodontic products. He has held more than 100 national and international lectures and courses on skeletal anchorage in orthodontics.

Professor Wilmes is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. Professor Wilmes was awarded the First Prize of the German Orthodontic Society in 2007 and the First Prize of the European Orthodontic Society in 2009.


Friday 20 March 2020

Clarity™ Clear Tray Aligners – Launch Event 2020!


Dr. Shane Langley: Taking Back Control; Bringing Choice to the Patient

Date: Friday 20 March
Time: 0930 – 1230
Presenter: Dr Shane Langley (USA)

Taking Back Control; Bringing Choice to the Patient

3M is excited to announce the arrival in Australia of Clarity™ Clear Tray Aligners in 2020.
Now more than ever, patients are hyper-aware of aesthetic orthodontic options especially clear aligners and ceramic brackets. As orthodontic specialists you have multiple choices available when providing aesthetic treatments to your patients.
Dr Langley will share treatment options from 3M’s portfolio including 3M Clarity™ Clear Tray Aligners, ligated ceramic brackets and passive self-ligation, all of which can help to achieve your orthodontic treatment goals and still meet patients’ esthetic expectations.

Workshop Objectives:

• Implementing multiple aesthetic options to meet patient expectations
• Analyse case examples that demonstrate aesthetic choice-based care options including aligner therapy and ceramic brackets
• Illustrate the benefits of utilizing 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive technology to minimize bond failures, repositioning, and doctor time
• How to implement a new aligner workflow into your practice
• Sharing of clinical pearls that lead to efficiency and desired clinical outcomes

REGISTER TODAY for this workshop if you would like to learn about US best practice regarding choice-based treatments using 3M solutions ranging from Clarity™ Clear Tray Aligners through to combined options to conventional brackets.

Dr. Shane Langley, DMD, MS

Dr. Shane Langley graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005 with a DMD and was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. He earned his orthodontic certificate and master’s degree from the University of Alabama in 2009. Dr. Langley’s speaking interests include the use of TADs to aid in the successful treatment of complex malocclusions, the bio-mechanical techniques and principles that accompany treatment with TADs, non-compliance correction of various malocclusions, and aesthetic orthodontics including Clarity™ Clear Tray Aligners, Clarity™ Ultra and Clarity™ Advanced. Dr. Langley has practiced orthodontics full time in Daphne, Alabama, since 2009 and has served various positions on the faculty of the orthodontic department at the University of Alabama. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association, as well as local dental and orthodontic associations.

To learn more about Dr Shane Langley visit his practice website:


Dental Monitoring Pre-Congress Workshop

Date: Friday 20 March

Time: 0930 – 1230
Presenter: Dr Steve Semaan

Dr Semaan obtained his Dental degree from Sydney University, Australia. He went on to obtain his Master of Dental Science in Orthodontics degree at the University of Western Australia. He then obtained a Postgraduate Diploma of Business at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia during which time he started him up his own business – Clear Smiles Orthodontics – which is situated on the Gold Coast, Australia where he is the only doctor on site. Dr Semaan and his team use clear aligners to treat almost 90% of their patients and start over 700 new clear aligner cases each year. 

Dr Semaan began using Dental monitoring in 2016. He is currently monitoring over 300 patients with an estimated 600 patients by the end of this year.

He is also a visiting lecturer to the post graduate residents at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA and an assistant professor at the European University College, Dubai where he is currently conducting research on the effectiveness of Dental Monitoring app. 

He has lectured on orthodontics throughout Asia, North America, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East and across Australia. He is passionate about helping others appreciate the many advantages clear aligners have over fixed appliance therapy.  In his very little spare time, he enjoys Muay Thai kick boxing, watching movies and spending time with his wife and 6 children.

The Metrics of Winning: Data Analytics that Drive your Practice Performance (open to doctors, practice managers & financial co-ordinators)

Date: Friday 20 March
Time: 0930 – 1230
Presenter: Mary Beth Kirkpatrick – Managing Partner, Impact360 Consulting and Ryan Moynihan – CEO, Gaidge
This workshop is open to doctors, practice managers & financial co-ordinators.

The challenges of today’s orthodontic market coupled with the diversity of today’s consumer make it key for the orthodontist to be not only a great clinician but also take on the role of CEO to drive operations, efficiencies, profitability, and strategy. 

For today’s orthodontic CEO, data analysis, business intelligence and insights are a requirement for successful decision making.  While “big data” has been around for some time, the problem that we continue to face, is what to do with it.  How do we make wise decisions and operational changes from all the information that bombards us?  

Mary Beth Kirkpatrick and Ryan Moynihan, principals of Impact360 Consulting and Gaidge, will share key practice metrics and “best practice” solutions that drive practice performance and profitability that translate into short term goals and long term strategies.

Mary Beth Kirkpatrick
Mary Beth Kirkpatrick has shared her expertise with orthodontists and orthodontic teams as the Managing Partner of Impact360 Consulting.  Over the past 25 years, Mary Beth and the 360 team have created operations and management solutions for over 1500 orthodontic practices in the US, Canada and Australia.   Their proven expertise enhances day to day operations, increases practice growth, improves profitability and develops energized, committed staff.  

Mary Beth is the Founder and President of Gaidge, a business analytics software that provides business intelligence dashboards, benchmarking and performance comparisons for orthodontic practices.  Currently Gaidge manages the activity of orthodontists in over 1500 locations with a combined annual Net Production of $1.4B.  Gaidge equips practice owners with essential information required to make data-driven decisions that simplifies the business of orthodontics and guides their practices through today’s challenging market place.  



Ryan Moynihan
Ryan Moynihan has a financial/analytical background beginning his career at Intel and Ernst & Young. He earned his MBA from Georgetown in Marketing and Strategy and has spent 12 years in the Dental/Orthodontic industry with 3M and Ormco, where he was Vice President of Global Marketing. He joined Gaidge in 2017 as partner and CEO. 

Ryan has propelled the Gaidge business analytics software into the most complete and accurate performance data in the orthodontic industry.  Through his collaboration with industry consultants and leaders, emerging markets, practice management software companies, the American Association of Orthodontists, The Schulman Study Group, and wealth management and financial advisors, he continues to bring innovative features and new products to Gaidge that drive performance and profitability for orthodontists.  Ryan sits on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation.