12th JOC | Post-Congress Course


Start: 8:30AM | End: 5:30PM


Dr. Sercan Akyalcin serves as the Head of Orthodontics at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has a DDS-PhD degree and is a graduate of the orthodontic program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He was a faculty member at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, where he also served as the chair and graduate program director of Orthodontics before joining Harvard University.

Dr. Akyalcin is active in many leadership roles, serving on the Northeast Society of Orthodontists (NESO) Board of Directors and representing NESO on the house of delegates at the AAO. He also advocates for the Northeast region on the AAO Council on Education. As a dental educator and orthodontist, he has published fifty peer-reviewed papers, co-edited a textbook, contributed to twelve other orthodontic books, and served on the editorial boards of orthodontic and dental journals. In addition, he has been recognized with several awards in the field, including the 2019 Edward H. Angle Research Prize.

He is a sought-out speaker at national and international forums and conferences for this expertise in the field. In addition, he is an examiner for the Council on Dental Accreditation and the American Board of Orthodontics.



Comprehensive Treatment Mechanics in the Changing Face

A thorough pretreatment diagnosis should include the visualization of the effects of proposed mechanotherapy on the overall balance of the patient’s face. In addition, there is a clear need to include specific information about the direction and the amount of dental movement and the management of the developing skeletal complex to achieve success before the execution of treatment mechanics. In this course, the attendees will be instructed to identify the individual needs of their patients and customize their mechanotherapy in accordance with growth patterns, skeletal objectives, and targeted tooth movement. Case demonstrations will be used to explain the improvements in the smile and face as a direct result of mechanotherapy. Clinical pearls will be shared about modifying the appliances, incorporating segmental mechanics, and utilizing temporary anchorage devices when necessary.