Written by Dr. Tran The Tho, Secretary General of VAO
The 5th Annual Congress of the Vietnam Association of Orthodontists was held in Ho Chi Minh City from March 10th to 11th, 2023, with the theme "Orthodontics in New Era: Challenges and Trends".
The two-day conference was a resounding success, featuring presentations by six renowned international speakers from Australia, Italy, India, South Korea, and the USA. The presentations covered a wide range of topics related to orthodontics and were extremely informative. The first presentation was delivered by Dr. Sergio Sambataro from Italy, who spoke about "The Bioprogressive Approach: From the Etiology to the Therapy". Dr. Vittorio Cacciafesta also presented on the topic of "Multidisciplinary Treatment in the New Era of digital orthodontics: challenges and trends". Prof Chung Dong Hwa from South Korea shared his expertise on "Bone anchored maxillary protraction: long term observation and its clinical implication". Dr. Ashok Karad from India talked about "Changing times, changing orthodontics: connecting practice, biology, and ethics". Prof. Won Moon from the USA discussed "The evolution of micro implant supported midfacial skeletal expander (MSE) and class III correction". Finally, Dr. Geoffrey Hall from Australia presented "Closing spaces, controlling root position, and management of the anterior open bite".
The conference's engaging and up-to-date content drew many attendees, with nearly 400 dentists from domestic and regional locations participating in the event. The event also welcomed distinguished domestic guests, including Assoc Professor Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, Head of the Department of medical service administration - Ministry of Health; Assoc Prof Tran Cao Binh, Chairman of the Vietnam Odonto Stomatology Association; Dr. Le Trung Chanh, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Odonto Stomatology Association; Director of Ho Chi Minh National Hospital of Odonto Stomatology. Additionally, the conference also had the honor of welcoming esteemed international guests, including Dr. Roberto Tan, Chairman of the Asian Pacific Orthodontic Society (APOS), Dr. William Choi and Dr. Tang Tin Lai from the Taiwan Association of Orthodontists (TAO).
Overall, the conference was a tremendous success, providing valuable insights and knowledge sharing opportunities for all attendees.