2017 GDPUK Conference Report
Andy Bates
At this time twelve months ago I attended the first GDPUK conference to be held in several years, and I came away having thoroughly enjoyed a really thought provoking day. So this year as I drove towards Hotel Football, slap bang next to the iconic Old Trafford football ground, I was again looking forward to a slightly 'off the wall', unconventional dental CPD day. Roadworks around the hotel sent me on a detour that gave my SatNav a nervous breakdown - it eventually gave up on finding the hotel car park, throwing its Teutonic toys out of the pram and wishing it was back in Munich! Luckily having attended last year I knew where it was.
Entering the venue the fact that I'd set off without my breakfast was not a problem. The welcoming spread of bacon, sausage and egg rolls were easily up to last year's standard, and the room was already filling up with faces slightly older, but recognisably similar to the avatar photos seen every day on the pages of GDPUK. It seems that dental chat forums and Tinder follow the same rules. As an acquaintance tells me.
Over coffee and the aforementioned rolls I caught up with friends, both from the online world and those that I'd been at University with and hadn't seen in real life for what is now decades.
For a nice, gentle, uncontroversial start to the proceedings, Tony had invited Kevin O'Brien to open the day's lectures. Kevin is well known for his own online presence, most specifically his blog on orthodontics which is read by over 45,000 people a month and which is available in 7 languages. He was also the last dentally qualified Chair of the GDC. Now retired and off the dental register, he continues his blog which he uses to expose the bad science and quackery within his speciality.

Kevin’s talk on Short-Term Orthodontics was not the complete broadside to the subject that a lot of the audience was expecting. He acknowledged that there was indeed a place for short, simple treatments that just corrected the alignment of the 'Social Six' anterior teeth and that it is not a new concept. Providing that patients realised that the treatment would be a compromise between what was ideal, and what was just attending to a minor aspect of the full picture, then in adult orthodontics the shorter-term treatments have a place. This is especially the case if these treatments help cut down on the inappropriate provision of veneers to correct minimal crowding issues.
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