Derek Mahony

Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Topic: Down to the Wire: Orthodontics and the War against Biofilm

Speaker: Dr Derek Mahony


Biofilm formation around orthodontic appliances and aligners can cause serious complications. Orthodontic appliances not only promote the amount of biofilm formation but also increases the level of acidogenic bacteria inside the biofilm. If your patients do not maintain good oral hygiene, the acid produced by biofilms and low salivary flow will lead to demineralisation, sensitivity, white spot lesions, gingivitis or other complications.

Preventive measures such a Guided Biofilm Therapy are urgently required to prevent biofilm-related side effects. The development of AIRFLOW® technology gives better opportunities to patient, orthodontist, general dentist, hygienist and oral health therapist.

Leading Orthodontist, Dr Derek Mahony will focus on orthodontic biofilm-related problems and the necessary actions to control and decrease the size of the problem.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding biofilm formation on orthodontic appliances and aligners
  • Why biofilm removal is necessary in orthodontic clinics prior and during orthodontic treatment
  • The benefits of disclosing especially after you have bonded aligner attachments to check if the attachment has seated correctly
About the Speaker

Derek Mahony is a Sydney based Specialist Orthodontist who has spoken to thousands of practitioners about the benefits of interceptive orthodontic treatment. Early in his career Dr Mahony learned from leading clinicians the dramatic effect functional appliance therapy can afford patients in orthodontic treatment. He has been combining the fixed and functional appliance approach ever since. His lectures are based on the positive impact such a combined treatment approach has had on his orthodontic results and the benefits this philosophy provides from a practice management viewpoint.

Dr Mahony has been seeing an average of 250 patients per week for the last decade and has gained a vast amount of experience which he can pass on to clinicians so that they can come to appreciate the key elements of his combined treatment approach. He currently has over 3000 orthodontic patients in active treatment and has been a key note speaker at the International Orthodontic Summit meetings, the International Association of Orthodontics meetings, and the American Association of Functional Orthodontics meetings. He is considered by some to be the "next leading lecturer on functional/fixed orthodontics." Dr Mahony will provide a stimulating presentation for clinicians wishing to advance their treatment results via a simplistic step by step approach.

Dr Nour Tarraf

Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Topic: Let’s talk about Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) – what you need to know

Speaker: Dr Nour Tarraf


The inclusion of TADs in orthodontic treatment in recent years has transformed the orthodontic approach to cases with missing teeth.

The application of TADs with lingual orthodontics poses some unique challenges. In addition to the biomechanical considerations for maximum efficiency, the aesthetics and comfort of the setup must also be carefully considered. The customized nature of lingual appliances makes preplanning the mechanics essential for maximum clinical efficiency. 

Leading Orthodontist, Dr Nour Tarraf will show:

  • The applications of TADs with emphasis on the utilization of mid-palatal TADs
  • The optimal health outcomes of both the TADS and patient’s soft tissues 
About the Speaker

Dr Tarraf finished his Masters Degree in Orthodontics at the University of Sydney in 2008 with Honours. He also received the University Award for the best overall postgraduate performance in the Masters Degree at the Faculty of Dentistry, as well as the International Merit scholarship for three consecutive years. Nour also completed the membership exams in orthodontics for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2008. He is the current president of the Australasian Society of Lingual Orthodontics and holds membership with the Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Orthodontists, European Society of Orthodontics and the World Society of Lingual Orthodontics.

Dr Tarraf worked for a period between private practice in Canberra and teaching at the University of Sydney, where he was involved in research and teaching as well as the management of complex cases that qualify for treatment in the public system. He then joined Chatswood Orthodontics in 2010, taking over ownership in 2012.

He is one of Sydney’s leading practitioners of lingual (behind the teeth braces) Incognito. In 2017 Dr Tarraf became the first and only Australian orthodontist to become a member of the World Society of Lingual Orthodontics (WSLO) a select group of only 250 members world wide who specialise in lingual orthodontics.

Another area of interest for Dr Tarraf is the use of TADs (Temporary Anchorage Devices). He is one of Sydney’s pioneers in the use of TADs, having used them since 2003 and successfully integrated them into the treatment protocols at his practice. TADs are a technology that greatly increases what is achievable through orthodontics for many patients with missing teeth and severe skeletal discrepancies. For adult patients with complicated bite problems, their treatment options are also widened.

Bronie Shvarts
Alanna Evans

Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Topic: Dental Monitoring - Improved Patient and Practice experience with AI integration

Speaker: Bronie Shvarts & Alanna Evans


Explore DentalMonitoring and the ways it can future-proof your practice.

Learn how DentalMonitoring’s intelligent and most advanced AI-powered solutions will assist with improving the quality of care, enabling practice growth & optimisation all while enhancing the patient experience.

In this session Bronie and Alanna will discuss:

  • The “why” - responding to a fast changing world
  • How to work smarter, not harder - the power of AI
  • The new patient journey - meeting patients where they want to be met
  • Ways to build a patient-centric approach
About the Speakers

Bronie Shvarts

With over 20 years in the Dental industry, working in the clinical setting as well as in sales management and product specialty, Bronie brings extensive experience, drive and knowledge when assisting and educating Dental professionals.

Bronie holds Cert IV in Dental Assisting, Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Diploma in Applied Business Management.

With an aim to provide quality training for clinicians and their staff, Bronie is very enthusiastic about building knowledgeable Orthodontic and Dental communities.

Alanna Evans

Alanna has been working in the orthodontic space for 14 years. Starting as a DA, then receptionist, treatment coordinator and finally as a hygienist after getting her Bachelor of Oral Health from Newcastle University in 2015. Having had 11 years of orthodontic treatment herself, she has seen the patient journey from all sides.

Now, after starting a family in 2022, Alanna works for DentalMonitoring in hopes to help improve the patient experience and aid practices run smoother.  


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