A&H Academy presents it first seminar in Singapore

The first attendees of A&H Academy’s seminar in Singapore were treated with the expertise of Dr Kenneth Lew and Dr Alan Kwong Hing (Image: Dental Asia)

A&H Academy, a provider of continuing professional education for dentistry, medicine, vets and other allied health professionals as well as the public, recently conducted its first seminar in Singapore where Dr Kenneth Lew and Dr Alan Kwong Hing provided their expertise on clear aligners and photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy with its attendees.

The Academy, which originated in Japan, stands for ‘Accelerate and Healing’ and recently received its accreditation for CPE in Singapore. The Academy hosted its first batch of guests at Twin City Endodontics in a seminar worth 2 CPE points. Dr Lew presented in the first lecture of the evening on ‘correction of anterior open bite with clear aligners – concepts and strategies’.

Dr Lew drew on his three decades of experiences as a specialist orthodontist to explain to doctors efficient treatment objectives for different open bite cases. Prior to his departure to full-time private practice in 1994, Dr Lew founded and co-directed the MDS Orthodontics in the National University of Singapore (NUS).

The correction of anterior open bite (AOB) malocclusion poses a challenge for orthodontists because of the difficulty in achieving occlusal correction, high likelihood of relapse, and the potential dissatisfaction with facial aesthetics. Dr Lew’s lecture provided an overview of AOB clinical approaches with real-life case examples of orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery. Dr Lew also familiarised participants with the latest trends in open bite correction with open aligners and analysed the treatment outcomes from an evidence-based perspective.

Dr Lew concluded his lecture with an introduction to low level laser therapy (LLLT) and vibration-based equipment as tools that could potentially aid in the shortening recovery and surgical treatment times for patients. Also known as PBM therapy since 2017, Dr Kwong Hing expanded on LLLT further in the evening’s second lecture.

Dr Kwong Hing (left) and Dr Lew (right) in answering questions from guests during the Q&A segment (Image: Dental Asia)

Dr Kwong Hing’s lecture on ‘State-of-the-art dental treatment using photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy’ introduced the concept of PBM therapy as a novel and pain-free recovery tool for dentistry. PBM describes the use of red or near-infrared light to stimulate, heal, regenerate, and protect tissue that has either been injured.

The PBM-based device developed by Dr Kwong Hing featured a series of LED lights which delivered light energy to treat tissue trauma through a combination of wavelengths such as red or infrared. According to Dr Kwong Hing, the proven benefits of the technology are faster treatment and recovery times, decreased pain, natural properties, drug-free treatment, and scientific proof of over 12,000 peer-reviewed publications.

Despite the ‘novelty’ of the device, Dr Kwong Hing cited prominent research on the potential of light-based technology from the previous decade such as Niels Ryberg Finsen’s 1903 Nobel Prize in Medicine for light treatment of skin disease; Albert Einstein’s 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovery the law of photoelectric effect; and Otto Warburg’s 1931 Nobel Prize in Physiology for demonstrating the response to light simulation of the mitochondrial Cytochrome c Oxidase (CCO), commonly referred to as the powerplant of human cells.

While Dr Kwong Hing’s PBM-based devices are in the process of seeking regulation from authorities in Singapore, products based on LLLT have been approved by the FDA since 2007 for hair growth.

Dr Kwong Hing elaborated on the diverse product line of his PBM devices and its potential uses ranging from wellness therapy, pain relief, neural treatments and even animal therapy. He concluded the seminar emphasising the properties of light in the natural world and referred to the creation of the universe in the the Bible by saying: “Let there be light.”

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