During 2017, the AAO Disaster Relief Fund received nearly $200,000 in contributions, aided members and retained some funds to utilize for pending and future applications for assistance.

Members whose practices have been impacted by natural disasters* can apply to see what assistance the AAO can provide. Those assisted by the program during 2017 included some who were affected by hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

“We are very grateful to the many members and AAO staff who contributed to the Disaster Relief Fund,” said Dr. Brent Larson, AAO president-elect and chair of the Disaster Relief Funding Committee. “At all times, and especially during a very challenging year for some members it is very important that the AAO be capable of providing assistance to those affected by disasters.”

Application Deadline for Members in Puerto Rico Extended 
Thus far, the Disaster Relief Fund has aided 12 members who were impacted by the 2017 disasters. The deadline to apply for aid is normally three months post-disaster. Some members in Puerto Rico, however, were cut off from communications for an extended period after Hurricane Maria hit the island, and so may have missed the series of eBulletins about the Disaster Relief Fund. Thus, the application deadline has been extended until June 1, 2018 for members in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Orthodontic Society President Expresses Appreciation 
Among the grateful recipients of Disaster Relief Fund assistance was Dr. Jose "Otis" Vicens of Humacao, Puerto Rico, president of the Puerto Rico Orthodontic Society. Dr. Vicens contacted Dr. Larson to express the group’s gratitude for the support offered by the AAO.

“On behalf of the AAO members in Puerto Rico and myself included, I would like to thank you for the support that the AAO has given us in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria,” wrote Dr. Vicens. “This grant served as a reminder that the AAO's reason to exist is to support the members and there is no better way to show this support than helping the members when they are in need.” 
When the hurricane hit Puerto Rico on September 20, Dr. Vicens sustained substantial damage to his office. He says that he now feels grateful to be able to see patients.

“We were closed for three weeks,” he says. “After we miraculously obtained a 5,000-watt generator, we were able to re-open - although with no phone or cell service, we had no way to contact patients. We knew some had left for the mainland, but others showed up to see if we were open. Some even helped us with clean-up. Working in almost 90-degree temperatures proved to be a real challenge, but patients were happy to be seen.
“Now we have a pre-paid cell phone and a second, more powerful generator, so we can use our computer, internet and air-conditioner, all of which helps make everything easier,” adds Dr. Vicens. “Only about 50 percent of the people here have power at this point, but we see work being done on the power lines every day.”

Throughout the fall, Dr. Vicens was also very concerned about his colleagues in the Puerto Rico Orthodontic Society as it was impossible to contact many of them following the hurricane.

“We were able to have our society Christmas party and had great attendance,” he says. “It was really good for everyone to come together, I think. Some of our members completely lost their offices and are now renting space in dental offices or other facilities. This experience is a test of our resilience, but we will get through it and grow stronger.  And again, we are very grateful to the AAO for the disaster relief assistance -and also for how quickly the applications were processed.”

Learn about how to apply for aid from the Disaster Relief Fund or make a contribution.

Feb. 1, 2018

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The next presentation in the 2017-18 Doctors Webinar series, “Facial Esthetics Oriented Treatment Planning with VTO and TADs,” will address how, instead of using the mandibular incisor position as the primary criterion, a facial esthetics-oriented treatment approach can use the maxillary incisor position as the starting point while the mandibular arch still serves as the diagnostic arch. In this context, virtual treatment objective (VTO) is a critical tool for anchorage planning and reinforcement together with the use of temporary anchorage devices (TADs) and other conventional mechanics.

Lecturer: Sercan Akyalcin, DDS, MS, PhD
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Time: 07:30PM - 08:45PM CT
Cost:  Multiple participants may participate for a registration fee of only $50 per office when using a common email address.
Continuing Education: Each participant who completes the Webinar will earn 1.0 CE credit.
Learn More and Register
Additional webinars during the late winter period will include:

♦ “Building an Elite Office With Facebook Marketing,” by Neal D. Kravitz, DMD, MS
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 07:30PM - 08:45PM CT
Cost: Free to all members (Business of Orthodontics series); advance registration is required.

“Realistic Treatment of Patients Missing Maxillary Lateral Incisor,” by José A. Bósio, BDS, MS
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Time: 07:30PM - 08:45PM CT
Cost: Multiple participants may participate for a registration fee of only $50 per office when using a common email address.

Learn more about all upcoming webinars.

American Association of Orthodontists is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual lectures or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.
Feb. 1, 2018

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The AAO Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics Task Force will hold an open forum on Saturday, May 5 from 3 pm – 4:30 pm during the 2018 Annual Session in Washington, D.C.

The Task Force was formed last year after the AAO Board of Trustees announced that the AAO will conduct a consensus conference during 2018-19, regarding the relationship between sleep apnea and the practice of orthodontics.
“Prior to the conference, we are in the process of compiling and evaluating pertinent literature,” says Dr. Rolf Behrents, editor-in-chief of the AJO-DO and chair of the Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics Task Force. “In addition, we will seek input from members of the AAO and other interested parties in order to construct an authoritative report of findings. The open forum during Annual Session will afford an opportunity for any AAO member to speak publicly on this topic.”
Members of the Task Force will be in attendance at the forum to listen to colleagues’ thoughts and concerns regarding the relationship between sleep apnea and orthodontics.
“The primary goal of the conference that follows will be to produce a white paper including evidence-based guidance on this topic,” says Dr. Behrents. “In addition, we anticipate that a resource center will be constructed containing the pertinent literature and that suggestions will be made regarding the need for additional research in certain areas.”
Feb. 1, 2018

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During 2017, AAO members and their employees received more than 4,700 hours of CE credit via AAO Online Lectures.

Addressing hundreds of clinical and practice management topics, the Online Lectures platform features past live webinars and presentations given during Annual Session and the Winter Conference. An annual subscription may be purchased for $100, and covers Doctors Lectures and Orthodontic Staff Lectures. Order online at: Online Store or call the AAO Order Department at 800-424-2841.

Alternatively, you may purchase lectures of interest individually at $30 pay-per-view. And if your employees are members of the Orthodontic Staff Club, they have free access to Online Lectures.

Presentations in the Business of Orthodontics series are available to all AAO members at no cost. Business of Orthodontics webinars from 2017 are now available on the platform, including:
♦ “Why Your Digital Marketing Isn’t Working,” by Dr. Leon Klempner;
♦ “Take Ownership of Your Digital Marketing,” by Chris Ratchford;
♦ “Student Loans: Controlling the Cash Flow,” by Andrew Tucker, JD, CPA;
♦ “Preparing for Your Practice’s Future,” by Chris Bentson; and
♦ “Office Design:  Creating a ‘Wow’ Welcome,” by Joyce Matlack, ASID.

The CE credit test for each lecture may be found by accessing it and then scrolling down slightly below the video screen to the horizontal series of tabs. Click on the CE Information tab (next to Overview). After viewing the lecture, click on the Take Exam tab in CE Information.

Doctors and orthodontic staff who are not seeking CE credit are also welcome to utilize Online Lectures.

Jan. 24, 2018

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Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have  passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through February 8.  In addition, the CR will also retroactively extend the moratorium on the medical device tax (which went back into affect on January 1, 2018), such that the tax will not apply to sales during calendar years 2018 and 2019. Without the moratorium, the medical device tax would have applied to many orthodontic devices and appliances. 

The medical device tax has long been an advocacy issue for the AAO, and this moratorium will allow an average member's practice to not have to pay this additional tax, at least for the next two years.  Thank you to all of those who support the AAO's advocacy efforts and Political Action Committee (AAOPAC).
Jan. 23, 2018

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On January 17, the IRS published a notice (see attached) stating that the agency will temporarily waive penalties (not the tax itself) tied to the medical device tax for the first three quarters of 2018 in the “interest of sound tax administration” due to the “short time frame between the end of the moratorium period [January 1, 2018] and the due date of the first deposit [January 29, 2018].”  The medical device tax has long been an advocacy issue for the AAO, so removing the penalties now that the moratorium has been lifted (at least for the first three quarters of 2018) is hopefully beneficial to you and your practice.  

The AAO continues to lobby to try to retroactively extend the medical device tax moratorium, such that the tax would not apply to sales during calendar years 2018 or 2019.  

Jan. 19, 2018

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The 2018 Annual Session lecture, “Respectful Workplace Conversations: Resolving the War of Words between Doctor/Staff; Staff/Staff; Doctor/Patient,” by Jacqueline Huggins, PhD will have space for 500 participants. Registrants may now reserve tickets to the lecture at Annual Session registration online.

The three-hour program, to be presented starting at 8 am Saturday, May 5, is part of the Mega Trends series for doctors and orthodontic staff.
“In developing the 2018 Annual Session continuing education, the Planning Committee wanted to do some re-imagining of topics and how lectures are presented stylistically,” says Dr. Sheldon Seidel, serving as 2018 Orthodontic Staff Program co-chair along with Dr. Normand Boucher. “Dr. Huggins uses an interactive format and will respond to texted questions during the program, which is something many of our members have requested. The program will include breakdown into small group discussions.”

The Annual Session lecture schedules list the Mega Trends series in the Orthodontic Staff Program grid; however, Dr. Seidel emphasizes that content in the series, including Dr. Huggins’ program, will be relevant for both doctors and staff.

“Dr. Huggins will guide us through an exploration of a way to approach the workplace that is very different from how most of us view it,” says Dr. Seidel. “We think the program will have a big impact and that those who participate will feel differently and interact differently with people after they return to work.”
An organizational effectiveness consultant and corporate training program developer, Dr. Huggins teaches individuals and organizations how to improve thought processes and implement organizational procedures that lead to positive change.  On Saturday afternoon, May 5, Dr. Huggins will present a second, reserve-ticketed lecture in the Mega Trends series, “The Generation Gap:  Bridging the Divide.”

To view the complete Mega Trends lecture schedule, view the Annual Session Orthodontic Staff program.

Jan. 18, 2018

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Register your team for the 2018 Annual Session and provide an intensive education for them in many key skills and knowledge aspects of each position.

Note that your team may be eligible for Annual Session registration discounts. An Orthodontic Staff Club member may be eligible for both of the following:
• Each AAO Orthodontic Staff Club member will receive a $25 registration discount for the 2018 Annual Session.  Membership dues are $50 per practice, covering an unlimited number of employees.
• All orthodontic staff are eligible for a 20 percent registration discount when four or more employees of the same doctor register by the Early Registration Deadline (April 6, 2018).

Orthodontic Staff Hands-On Sessions Provide State-of-the-Art Training
New orthodontic staff workshops at the 2018 Annual Session will include Barbara Brinker of Dolphin presenting, “Advanced Processing of CBCT Images," and Cali Kaltschmidt and Dr. Christopher Riolo presenting, “Hands-on 3D Printing: From the Scanner to Your Hand."

The workshops will be two of four ticketed, hands-on lectures for Orthodontic Staff on Friday, May 4 at the 2018 Annual Session. Each workshop is offered at 1 pm and again at 3 pm. Tickets for these limited-attendance workshops should be purchased in advance via Annual Session registration.

Advanced Processing of CBCT Images
The workshop will use Dolphin 3D to demonstrate advanced aspects of processing CBCT datasets. Ticket cost is $30. Participants will learn:
♦ Techniques for rendering, orienting, and segmenting volumes and slices;
♦ How to build accurate 2D radiographs from the 3D dataset including: lateral and frontal cephs, panoramic images, cross sections, nerve canals, and TMJ slices (coronal, sagittal, circular);
♦ Use of the measurement tools (2D and 3D) and 2D and 3D cephalometric analyses;
♦ If time permits, overlaying and linking soft tissue bitmaps and digital study models.

NOTE: Participants may bring their own laptops with Dolphin Imaging 3D installed, or use a workshop computer. Optional: Bring a DICOM format patient file to load and use.

Hands-on 3D Printing: From the Scanner to your Hand
This workshop will bridge the gap between the intra-oral scanner and the 3D printer. Ticket cost is $30. Participants will:
♦ Edit and print in 3D dental arches from intraoral scans;
♦ Use Meshmixer to fill holes, trim models and create a base for the STL of their scanned dental arch;
♦ Import and print their dental arches using one of a number of different 3D printers available at the workshop.

NOTE: Each participant must bring a laptop and download and install Meshmixer on the laptop before the workshop. Registered participants will be emailed a link to obtain Meshmixer in advance.

 Popular returning hands-on programs will include:

♦ “Wire Bending for the Orthodontic Assistant,” by Dr. Douglas Depew (ticket cost $30);

“Patient Photography Made Easy,” by Rita Bauer (ticket cost $50; 1 pm session is sold out).


Jan. 15, 2018

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