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British Orthodontic Conference

BOC Annual Conference

Every September the British Orthodontic Society organise a conference which includes educational sessions, clinical skills clinics, trade stands and social events over 3 days at varied locations across the country. During our 25th anniversary year it was the turn of Glasgow to host the event at the SECC. The orthodontic national group helped with planning 2 educational study days and for the first time, BOC2019 included 2 clinical skills events for orthodontic therapists.

- Photography

- Bonded retainers

The educational programme tries to include relevant subjects across the Friday and Saturday for DCP’s working in orthodontics.

If you have never attended conference before it can be a bit confusing with events and presentations taking place in various locations across the venue. Keeping track of where to go is assisted with the BOC conference app and the timetable of events, which is sent to you beforehand with your tickets.

Lunch is included and you get meal vouchers for each day.

The social events are epic and must not be missed.

Planning the presentations every year, to keep it varied and not to repeat too much for those who attend every year, can be challenging and we are always open to new speaker suggestions and topics. We rely on our members to be pro- active in making suggestions as to what it is you want to see and hear about. Keep your thoughts and ideas coming, email us.

We appreciate all your support in attending the study programmes to continue to grow and develop our knowledge and our profession.

So if your specialist is interested in presenting on our programme, then please get them to get in touch.

We are currently planning for Manchester 2020 and Birmingham 2021.

The process is on-going so it won’t be long before we are onto 2022.

BOC London 2019  - Write up 


Dental Care Professionals Programme





Team working: a dento-legal perspective

John Makin qualified in Manchester in 1983 and has worked as a general dental practitioner in Lancashire and Devon. He was involved with Foundation Training for many years as both a Trainer and VT Adviser/Training Programme Director with the Manchester and Exeter DFT Schemes.

John has postgraduate diplomas in law and dental education and served on the GDC’s Fitness to Practise Committee before becoming a full time Dento-legal adviser with The Dental Defence Union where he has had significant involvement in the development and delivery of DDU’s undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes. John is now Head of the DDU.

A lecture with a positive risk management theme, intended to demonstrate how DCPs can minimise the risk of complaints, claims and regulatory investigations while using their full scope of practice.

The aim of the presentation is to highlight the issues that give rise to complaints, claims and regulatory issues for DCPs working in orthodontic practice.

Following this presentation delegates should know:

To explore, by reference to the GDC’s Standards for the Dental Team and other relevant guidance

Scope of Practice issues, who can do what and when

Referral and supervision

Indemnity and responsibility

Communication within the team and to patients and parents

Following this presentation delegates should be able to:

Confidently work within their scope of practice

Understand risk management principles applied to their work

Appreciate the key importance of communication between all parties

Recognise the value of a team approach to complaint management



Multi-disciplined staffing

John studied dentistry at Guy's Hospital and graduated in 1992. After a series of maxillofacial surgery posts and a spell in general practice plus completion of the Fellowship in Dental Surgery he entered the three year postgraduate orthodontic training programme at the Eastman Dental Institute. In 1999 he was awarded a Master of Science degree and the Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. John is a founder director of Total Orthodontics Limited. He has published papers in the British Dental Journals and presented research at the British Orthodontic and Dental Research Conferences. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on various orthodontic subjects. John is a member of the British Orthodontic Society. He has sat on the Kent Local Dental Committee and currently sits on the Kent Managing Clinical Orthodontic Network Group. He is on the UK Advisory Board for Invisalign / a Platinum user and UK speaker. John won the coveted ‘Against the Odds’ British Orthodontic Society Prize in 2008. He is currently a Governor of The Judd School in Tonbridge / Junior Chairman of Tonbridge Juddians RFC and a committee member of the British Orthodontic Society’s Orthodontic Specialist Group and chairs their spring meetings.

In the current advancing orthodontic age it is crucial to have multi disciplined staff to enhance clinical efficiency and customer care. The use of such staff will be explored within the specialist practice environment to come up with the perfect all encompassing model.

Following this presentation delegates should know:

The importance and role of multi disciplined staffing
An ideal working model for maximum practice efficiency and enhanced customer care

Following this presentation delegates should be able to:

Empower staff for an improved specialist practice environment


Coffee and Exhibition




Class II care: The three faces of quality

Colin is a full time NHS Consultant at the Countess of Chester Hospital. He runs a busy training unit with trainees from both the Liverpool and Manchester Orthodontic training programs rotating to the department. Colin qualified from Liverpool in 1985 initially working as a GDP in the Midlands before returning to Liverpool to do Maxillofacial surgery and Oral medicine junior posts and studying for FDS.  Colin was an Orthodontic trainee at Liverpool 1990 - 1993 and then Senior Registrar in Orthodontics at Newcastle and Carlisle starting 1994. In 1998 he was appointed Consultant at Chester and shortly afterwards Steve Chadwick joined forces to run the department with him.

Colin's main interests are orthognathic surgery, Cone Beam CT and their use in management of impacted teeth, premolar transplantation, twin block functional appliances, indirect bonding and clinical photography. Colin is an MOrth Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Colin has been an international lecturer on a wide range of clinical topics for the last 18 years.

Colin and Steve have just trained their first Orthodontic Therapist who has just passed their Therapy exam at RCS Edinburgh.

This presentation aims to give an overview of the three most common treatment approaches for correction of Class 2 Malocclusions. Treatment techniques will be illustrated by showing treated cases with visit by visit clinical photographs to illustrate how the case is progressing through each stage of treatment.

Following this presentation delegates should know:

The 3 main treatment techniques for treatment of Class 2 Malocclusions:
Growth modification with functional appliances
Orthodontic camouflage and orthognathic surgery
The indications and contraindications for each treatment technique
The type of treatment mechanics used in each technique

Following this presentation delegates should be able to:

Understand the types of Class 2 patient who are suitable for each of the technique
Understand how each technique works to reduce the increased overjet

12.30 Lunch and Exhibition




Limitations of orthodontic treatment

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The future role of the orthodontic team and communications

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Taking control of your future

Jeremy graduated from Bristol in 1989, gained his FDS from the Royal College of Surgeons of London in 1993, and completed specialist orthodontic training in Cardiff and Edinburgh in 1995. He spent 10 years in the Royal Air Force, including a consultant orthodontic role in Germany.

Jeremy established his first multi-specialist practice in 2000 and has since opened 2 further practices. These practices have gained national reputations for their clinical excellence, combined with innovative business planning. As a result, Jeremy has been frequently featured in the Press and has won several major business awards.
As well as being a wet fingered orthodontist, Jeremy serves on the board of 3 non-dental companies and regularly advises businesses on strategic planning and employee engagement.

When not making smiles for patients or businesses, Jeremy spends time with his family, playing the guitar, or doing anything that keeps him fit or outside (preferably both at the same time).

Life is never easy, especially if you aspire to do more than drift along, taken wherever the tide takes you. Sometimes, it seems like we have no control over what happens to us. Jeremy believes that we have much more influence than we might think. Jeremy will draw on his personal experience of career planning, practice life (including starting, growing and selling) and, most importantly, life in general. He will provide strategies to help manage the challenges that we all face day-to-day, especially given the changing landscape of orthodontic practice in the UK. Whether you are new to the dental team or an experienced practice owner, Jeremy will aim to provide plenty of "take home" usable and relevant nuggets to help you take control of your future.

Following this presentation delegates should know:

That we can have a great deal of influence of our future

That it is nearly always possible to find opportunities to change things for the better

That inspiration can often be found in unusual places

Following this presentation delegates should be able to:

Follow a strategy to take more control of your lives

Leave the room feeling more positive (unless you are already one of the lucky few for whom life is easy, or if you are suffering a bout of mania)

Be inspired by Elvis the Duck


Coffee and Exhibition


Join Main Programme

17.00 Close

Dental Care Professionals Programme


Meeting Room 1




Psychological aspects of orthodontic care

Dr Trish Berko is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. She completed her undergraduate Psychology degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London (1st class with Honours), and her Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. Her doctoral thesis was qualitative research on the experience of patients undergoing orthognathic treatment, drawing participants from The Royal London Dental Hospital and the Oral Surgery/Orthodontics departments of Whipps Cross Hospital.

Since Trish qualified in 2007 she has specialised in Health Psychology. Health Psychology involves working with the psychological impact of physical health problems in various medical specialties. She has been based in London throughout her career and worked in several NHS Health Psychology departments.

Trish's current role is in the Dental Psychology Service at Guy’s Hospital in London (Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust). She supports patients to self-manage conditions affecting the mouth, teeth and jaws, and provides consultation to clinicians within Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine. Trish runs 'Facing up to Pain', which is a pain management group for patients with facial pain conditions such as Persistent Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Effective patient care is more likely to be achieved if a holistic approach can be taken to assessing and treating an individual. Our patients are more than just a diagnosis and treatment plan; it can cause difficulties in providing healthcare if this fact is not considered.
The relationship between the patient and healthcare professionals, the patient’s emotional state and their personality are just some factors which could complicate orthodontic treatment, for example by reducing adherence to a plan for oral hygiene while using orthodontic appliances.
This presentation will highlight some challenges that may be faced in providing orthodontic care and provide some psychological insight into why these challenges might occur, as well as describe some tips on how to deal with them as a non-mental health professional.

Following this presentation delegates should know:

Psychological factors that can impact on orthodontic care

What the interaction is between various psychological factors and the aims of orthodontic treatment

Following this presentation delegates should be able to:

Recognise behaviour or styles of communication which could indicate psychological issues in orthodontic patients that may interfere with their treatment

Address simple questions to orthodontic patients to establish potential treatment-interfering psychological issues

Explain to patients the relevance of enquiring about their mental health/emotional wellbeing/psychological factors in relation to receiving successful orthodontic care



The ‘Nuts and Bolts’ of Digital Orthodontics in your practice!

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10.30   Coffee and Exhibition




Insignia: Digital smile design and patient specific appliances

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Modern orthodontics – Opportunities or threats?


Dr Crotty is a graduate of the University of Cork Dental School in Ireland and completed his Postgraduate Orthodontic Programme at the Eastman Dental Institute. In private orthodontic practice in Ireland since 1992, Dr Crotty was an early adaptor of the digital world, and has been lecturing on its potential benefits since 1994. Over the years, he has applied the digital advances to his orthodontic work, both fixed appliances and aligners, while not ignoring the real world of biology and biomechanics. He is certified in Suresmile and Invisalign, for whom he lectures.


Like many areas of our lives, the Digital World has encroached at great speed. Some of the advances are for the better, and some can be for the worse. Whether we like it or not, progress means understanding and embracing the disruptive changes that are occurring.

Dr Crotty will discuss the impact of these advances and how they are changing the roles played by the various member of the orthodontic team. He will discuss the potential benefits for both staff and our patients and how these may be applied in the years ahead.

Following this presentation delegates should know:

The potential benefits of embracing the digital tools that are available to the modern orthodontist
The areas where they differ from traditional treatment and the areas where they make no difference
How using the digital tools can provide advantages over traditional methods

Following this presentation delegates should be able to:

Assess which elements will be of benefit to their own practice situation
Analyse how to best avoid the pitfalls of blindly following the latest trend

Prepare for even more disruptive challenges that will be facing our profession and clinical practice