Exploring the Limits of Skeletal Expansion with Mini Screws
An ACDE Series Webinar

Course Description:

With increasing skeletal maturity and resistance from anatomic structures, heavy interdigitation of the intermaxillary suture makes rapid palatal expansion (RPE) unfeasible when using conventional appliances. Therefore, mini screw supported RME appliances were originally developed for patients whom conventional RME may not be indicated. The rationale is to provide a safer separation for the intermaxillary suture without any significant side effects. However, intermaxillary suture separation may not readily occur in every patient that a mini screw supported RME appliance is used. This lecture aims to present how mini screw supported expansion may and may not work for your practice setting with case demonstrations.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the differences between conventional and mini screw supported RME.
  2. Design and utilize mini screw supported expansion appliances based on right indication.
  3. Analyze what outcomes could reasonably be expected after RME based on age, function, and proper diagnosis.

Meet the Speaker: Dr. Sercan Akyalcin

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.

Registration Information

  • Zoom Webinar
  • Lecture
  • 1.5 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $59

Hosting University

  • University of Florida Continuing Dental Education
  • CE contact name & email: Angela Debono, Adebono@dental.ufl.edu
  • Speaker name & contact info: Dr. Sercan Akyalcin, sercan_akyalcin@hsdm.harvard.edu

WEBINAR CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refunds will be issued to registrants who cancel their registration no later than 48 hours before the course starting date/time. A 50% refund will be issued to registrants who cancel 48-24 hours before the course starting date/time. No refunds will be issued for registrants who does not login to the webinar or who cancels within 24 hours of the course starting date/time. Participants may phone the Continuing Education office to cancel, but a written request which includes the name and phone number of the person who paid for the course must be received by our office before a refund can be processed. This request can be emailed to ce@dental.ufl.edu.