Listen to Dr Linton Nash at the 2024 ASLO Congress.
Get a grip: Enhancing Orthodontic Aligners with AttachmentsThis presentation offers an examination of the scientific evidence of aligner attachments. Their design, position and placement will be assessed, as these details can affect the overall aligner efficiency. The primary aim of this presentation is to review aspects of orthodontic aligner attachments, from different designs to positioning and their effect on aligner biomechanics as well as the clinical aspects of their placement. By amalgamating current research findings, clinical experiences, and technological advancements, we seek to assess the factors that contribute to the success and efficiency of orthodontic aligner treatment. We will explore the influence of attachment shape, material, and surface features on biomechanics and tooth movement. The discussion will transition to the optimal positioning of attachments, considering occlusal, buccal, and lingual aspects, while also addressing the challenges associated with specific aligner marginal cut design. We will discuss placement techniques discussing the precision and efficiency in clinical practice. Through case studies and evidence-based insights, we aim to provide practical guidance for orthodontic practitioners in navigating the nuances of attachment placement, thereby enhancing treatment predictability and patient satisfaction. Combining current research, clinical experiences, and technological advancements, we aim to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to optimise orthodontic aligner attachments. This presentation serves as an evidence based guide for orthodontists seeking to refine their approach to aligner therapy.
Dr Linton Nash
BOralH, GDipDent, MRACDS(PDE), MDS, MOrth RCSEd, MRACDS(Orth)
Dr Linton Nash completed his Undergraduate Dental Program at Griffith University, his Masters in Orthodontics at the National University of Singapore, Membership in Orthodontics Royal Collage of Surgeons Edinburgh, and Membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the Specialist Dental Practice discipline of Orthodontics. Dr Nash serves the dental profession through his active participation as a member of the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch Council and Committees with a interest on technology. He also is part of the Organising Committee for the Australian Society of Lingual Orthodontists. Dr Nash serves in the Australian Army Reserves and works in private practice as an Orthodontist with his father as well as at the Monash Medical Centre Cleft Lip and Palate Unit and regularly provides lectures for his colleagues. Dr Nash is committed to philanthropic services and is a member of the Rotary Australia Vietnam Dental Health Project and Give-a-Smile program. Dr Nash completed the Leadership Victoria Health Sector Leadership Program and demonstrates his leadership skills as a mentor and ambassador for the profession. These achievements were recognised in 2021 when he was awarded the Australian Dental Association Outstanding Young Dentist Award, an honour that has only been awarded five times.