Society aims to push the boundaries of orthodontics with an upcoming event

04 November 2023

The European Aligner Society’s (EAS) fifth congress takes place in Valencia between February 29 and March 2, 2024, and will explore ways to exceed the perceived parameters of aligner orthodontics and digital technologies.   

Renowned for its marriage of historic and futuristic architecture, food and culture, Valencia, Spain, counts three UNESCO listings. It also has dazzling beaches within walking distance of its startling city landscape. Spain’s national rice dish was first cooked in a freshwater lagoon near the city. The original recipe included chicken, rabbit, and sometimes snails. However, peas, chorizo, and red peppers are never used in authentic paella valenciana. The drink of choice in Valencia is Agua de Valencia, but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by its innocent-sounding name, it doesn’t have a drop of water in it - but is considered the perfect pick-me-up after a day of lectures or sightseeing. Ingredients include freshly squeezed orange juice, cava (Spanish sparkling wine), vodka, gin, and lots of ice.

The month of February in Valencia is renowned for its with medieval markets and colourful carnival parades, and as for the ‘rain in Spain’ - Valencia in February and March is known for its mild and comfortable climate. 

Following the burgeoning success of the EAS and its fourth congress, which was attended by over 1,000 delegates, the theme of the fifth ‘Congress is aligners: surpassing the limits’. Gina Theodoridis, the scientific chair, and the congress committee have curated an expansive programme of plenary lectures spanning two days, offering a passport to the world of clear aligner therapy expertise. Twenty-three highly respected and innovative speakers who are pushing the boundaries of aligner therapy from – clinical to research - have accepted invitations to present their latest findings.  

In addition to the plenary sessions, there is a full programme for practice team members.  The aim of this parallel agenda is to bring subjects such as patient workflow, patient engagement, patient negotiation, office set-up, 3D printing, and staff wellbeing into sharper focus.  Dental students are also being encouraged to register through their university teaching programmes and can take advantage of a discount off the full delegate rate.

Village of Aligner Lab Innovation, new to the 2024 Congress

New to the congress is a village of Aligner Lab innovation workshops and masterclasses staged by the leading companies in the sector to offer a more in-depth deep dive into a particular treatment aspect, a hands-on digital experience or a chance to come face to face with the experts in the sector.

EAS is committed to sustainability. Water will be provided by water coolers and water flasks have been donated by a major sponsor. Bags and much of the other materials used, will be either recyclable or made from recycled materials.

According to Jose Gandia, the EAS president, “The European Aligner Society is the leading voice of innovation in aligner orthodontics as well in digital orthodontics in Europe and worldwide. Our mission is to create meeting opportunities for orthodontists, dental professionals and companies by supporting the development of strong and effective educational initiatives to assist them in starting, stabilising, and expanding their businesses.  We very much look forward to welcoming those who are new to the EAS, as well as our growing family of members, to meet up in Valencia and to learn and grow from associating with the leading lights in the sector.”

The congress has been deliberately scheduled to run from Thursday to Saturday to give delegates both the maximum learning experience and some time during and after the event to explore the beauty and history of the city. 


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