The 46th Annual Moyers Symposium

Embracing Novel Technologies in Dentistry and Orthodontics

The University of Michigan
March 1-3, 2019


The use of digital technologies in dentistry and orthodontics is increasing at a rapid pace. Digital imaging and intraoral scanners can now be used to create a virtual patient with digital models for more precise diagnosis and treatment planning. 3D printing from digital models is further enhancing our ability to print customized clear aligners, metal appliances (brackets and wires) and/or auxiliary appliances (palatal expanders, space maintainers…) within a practice. The goal of the 46th Annual Moyers Symposium is to provide participants with up to date information on the latest developments in dental digital technologies and how best to incorporate these technologies into your practice for improved patient and practitioner satisfaction. Speakers with a wide variety of expertise will present on a variety of topics including intraoral scanning and use of digital models, 3D printing, cybersecurity, biomedical advances, virtual/augmented reality, large-scale clinical data mining, computer guided orthognathic surgery, and how best to integrate these emerging technologies into your dental and/or orthodontic practice.

In addition, the 44th Annual International Conference on Craniofacial Research (the “Presymposium”) will be held on the Friday before the Moyers Symposium, on March 1, 2019 in the 4th Floor Amphitheater of the Horace H. Rackham Building. The Presymposium conference will feature presentations by speakers and time for discussion of presented topics on orthodontic digital technologies, biomedical advances and additional relevant craniofacial research. There is no pre-registration and no charge for attending the Presymposium or the Presymposium Reception, which will be held outside the 4th Floor Amphitheater immediately following Presymposium talks on Friday. You are encouraged to attend both meetings.

As in previous years, the Annual Moyers Symposium honors the late Dr. Robert E. Moyers, Professor Emeritus of Dentistry and Founding Director of the University of Michigan, Center for Human Growth and Development. In addition to the speaker talks, we hope you will join us at our University of Michigan Alumni and Friends Reception, to be held at the nearby Graduate Hotel in Ann Arbor on Saturday evening.


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Symposium Day 1

8:15am Registration
Rackham Auditorium, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The University of Michigan
Session 1: Overview
9:00am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
James McNamara, DDS, MS, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
Nan Hatch, DMD, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, University of Michigan, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
9:15am 3D printing: where did we come from and where are we going?
Scott Hollister, PhD, Professor and Chair in Pediatric Technology, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
10:15am Break
10:45am Digital technology in orthodontics: A custom appliance revolution on the horizon
Chris Riolo, DDS, MS, PhD, Private Practice Orthodontist at Riolo Orthodontics, Seattle WA; Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington, Orthodontic Department
11:45am Lunch (on your own)
Session 2: Digital Workflow in Orthodontic Practice
1:30pm Closing the Digital Loop: Improving the Patient Experience and Treatment Efficiency
Christian Groth, DDS, MS, Private practice, TDR Specialists in Orthodontics, Michigan and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthodontic Program, University of Michigan School of Dentistry
2:15pm A Restorative Perspective on Digital imaging and CAD/CAM Technology
Dennis Fasbinder, DDS, Professor of Dentistry, Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry
3:00pm Break
Session 3: Advances in Biomedicine and 3D Printing
3:30pm Nell-1, preventing the bone loss of spaceflight
Kang Ting, DMD, DMSc, Professor and Chair, Section of Orthodontics and Division of Growth and Development, University of Californai Los Angeles School of Dentistry
4:10pm Accuracy and mechanical properties of digital models, measurements and prints: how good are we?
Sercan Akyalcin, DDS, MS, PhD, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Orthodontics, Tufts School of Dental Medicine
4:50pm Panel discussion (speakers from day one sessions)
5:20pm Adjournment
6:00pm Complimentary Reception and Social Event for University of Michigan Alumni and Friends (all attendees are welcome)
Graduate Hotel, 615 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Symposium Day 2

Session 4: Digital Orthodontics: Protecting and Sharing your Practice Data
9:00am We do the craziest things with our computers: How to improve cybersecurity in your practice
Steve McEvoy, BS, MSc, IT professional and project manager for MME Consulting, Inc. and Past Chair of the AAO Committee on Information Technology (CTech)
9:40am What is big data and how does it relate to orthodontic practice?
Anthony Puntillo, DDS, MSD, Puntillo & Crane Orthodontics, Indiana; Part-time instructor, Orthodontic Program, Indiana University School of Dentistry and Member AAO Big Data Task Force
10:20am Break
Session 5: Digital Technologies for Precision Diagnosis and Treatment
10:40am Computer guided surgery for precise patient outcomes
Sharon Aronovich, DMD, FRCD(C), Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry
11:20am Virtual and augmented reality for diagnosis and treatment planning in dental and orthodontic education
Hera Kim-Berman, DDS, MMSc, Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry
12:00pm Panel discussion (all Symposium speakers)
12:45pm Adjournment


Friday, March 1, 2019


7:30am Registration
Rackham Auditorium, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The University of Michigan
8:00am Welcome
Nan Hatch, DMD, PhD, Chair, Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
Session 1: Digital Dentistry
8:10am The Digital Workflow in Orthodontics: Challenges and Opportunities
Marie Cornelis, DDS, MS, Department of Dentistry, Aarhus University, Denmark
Paolo Cattaneo, PhD, Department of Dentistry, Aarhus University, Denmark
8:40am Aging of the Normal Occlusion: Reproducibility of a Three-Dimensional Study Method
Daniela Garib, DDS, MSc, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, Hospital of Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies, University of São Paulo, Brazil
9:00am Digital Model Superimposition: Techniques and Applications
Ahmed Ghoneima, BDS, MSc, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
9:20am Utilization of Digital Dentistry and 3D Technologies in Multidisciplinary Treatment
Gustavo Mendonça, DDS, MSc, PhD, Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, University of Michigan
9:40am Panel discussion: Session 1 speakers
10:00am Break
Session 2: Translational Technologies
10:20am Microsphere Controlled Drug Delivery for Local Control of Tooth Movement
Inna Sydorak, DDS, MS, Private Practice in Chicago, IL
10:40am PDL Tissue Responses to Mechanical Load
Tracy Popowics, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, University of Washington
11:00am Childhood Obesity, Oral Inflammation, and Dental Eruption: Using Molecular Biomarkers to Inform Orthodontics
Christina Nicholas, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago
11:20am Panel discussion: Session 2 speakers
11:40am Lunch
Session 3: Technologies Reshaping Orthodontic Practice
1:30pm 3D Printing Applications in Orthodontics
F. Kurtis Kasper, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
1:50pm Machine Learning in Orthodontic 3D Imaging, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
Ching-Chang Ko, DDS, MS, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, University of North Carolina
2:10pm Digital Orthodontic (R)Evolution
Joel M. Johnson, DMD, MS, Private Practice Fort Wayne, IN and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan
2:30pm Panel discussion: Session 3 speakers
2:50pm Break
Session 4: Growth Modification, Condyles and the TMJ
3:10pm Is it Possible to Predict the Long-term Outcomes of Early Treatment of Class III Malocclusion?
Lorenzo Franchi, DDS, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, University of Firenze, Italy
3:30pm Functional appliances: new data
Paul Schneider, BDSc, MS, Department of Orthodontics, University of Melbourne, Australia
3:50pm The Effects of Intermittent Administration of PTH on the mandibular condyle
Eliane Dutra, DDS, MSD, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, University of Connecticut
4:10pm Preclinical Animal Models and Drug Delivery Technology for Stem Cell-based TMJ Therapies
Mildred Embree, DMD, PhD, Division of Orthodontics, Columbia University
4:30pm Panel discussion: Session 4 speakers, all speakers, and participants
4:45pm Complimentary Reception and Social Event for University of Michigan Alumni and Friends



The Horace H Rackham School of Graduate Studies is located at 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109.



The trip between the Detroit Metro Airport and Ann Arbor takes about 20-30 minutes.

Taxi costs around US$ 50. They usually take 3 people (it is not necessary to make reservations for the taxi).

The most economical option is to take a shuttle.

Another alternative (a bit more expensive) is to take the Metrocar Services. The driver will wait for you at the baggage claim, pick up your bags, and bring you to Ann Arbor (they generally take up to 3 people).


Due to the effect of the Great Lakes, the weather in Ann Arbor can vary widely in March. Temperatures can range from 30°F at night to 65°F midday. The 5-year daily high average is 52°F. Precipitation can range from light snow to thunderstorms. It is best to come prepared for cold nights and cool-to-mild days.


The Symposium, which began in 1974, honors Dr. Robert E Moyers. Dr. Moyers chaired the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics (1953-1966) and later was the Founding Director of the UM Center for Human Growth and Development (1964-1980). The Center was established as a university-wide interdisciplinary unit to better understand childhood growth and development.

Under his leadership, the Center gained international prominence not only for interdisciplinary research in craniofacial biology, but also in developmental biology, nutrition, public health, morphometrics, anthropology, linguistics, and pediatrics.

Author of the textbook, Handbook of Orthodontics, Moyers was elected to the Royal College of Surgeons in London (1955). He received the profession’s highest award, the Albert H. Ketcham Award (1988) and was posthumously inducted into the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry’s Hall of Honor (2004).