Prof. Nir Shpack
Clinical Applications and Pearls of the WEDGEWISE Technique
The “WEDGEWISE” technique is a new category of orthodontic treatment mechanism. It grew out of the need to address the many problems inherent in the Edgewise technique(s) we have been using for 100 years. This new system eliminates many of the side effects built into what we commonly do today. The WEDGEWISE technique makes possible addressing malocclusions from the first day of treatment, and treatment is performed more predictably in less time and with less force.
The more intuitive and simplified mindset, as well as some clinical pearls appropriate for WEDGEWISE technique in the Triamond System will be demonstrated by showing clinical cases. Emphasis will be placed on specific differences between this new system and all existing appliances.
Short Curriculum Vitae
Prof. Nir Shpack received his DMD degree from Hadassa School of Dental Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1984), and underwent his compulsory military duty as a major and dental commander in the Israeli Air Force. He received his MSc in Dental Medicine and certificate in orthodontics from the Postgraduate Specialty Program at Hadassa School of Dental Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1992) and his MPH (MSc in Public Health) from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. He has been on the faculty in the department of orthodontics at the Maurice and Gabriella Goldschlager School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University Israel since 1993, including Program Coordinator (2006-2013) and Chairman of the Orthodontic Department and head of the International Postgraduate Program in Orthodontics (2013-2022).
Prof. Nir Shpack was a member in the Orthodontic Professional Committee of the Scientific Council, Israel Dental Association (1998-2002), and serves as an examiner in Postgraduate Proficiency exams in Orthodontics and in Pediatric Dentistry (1997- Present). He served as the president of the Israel Orthodontic Society (2003-2005).
Prof. Nir Shpack has supervised and co-supervised numerous Ph.D., Master’s and D.M.D theses. He has given lectures in international meetings and has published scientific articles in international dental and orthodontic journals. He is a member of several professional societies, (IDA, IOS, AAO, EOS, WFO) and serves as a reviewer and as a guest editor in many leading international scientific journals (AJODO, AO, EJO, Clinical Anatomy Journal, Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, Applied Sciences etc.). His main clinical and research interests are Dental anomalies, Biomechanics, Post treatment stability, retention and anchorage, and Evolutionary and micro-evolutionary trends of the human mandible and dentition in diverse ethnic groups.
He currently serves as a Professor and Past-Chairman and post-graduate program director in the Orthodontic Department at Tel Aviv University. In addition, he is the chief orthodontic consultant for the “Maccabi” public health HMO (a leading Health Maintenance Organization in Israel), and he maintains a private practice limited to orthodontics in Netanya, Israel since 1993.