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Continuing Dental Education

Exploring the Limits of Skeletal Expansion with Mini Screws: a live webinar

Sercan Akyalcin, DDS, MS, PhD

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

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:

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


Dr. Sercan AklaycinDr. Sercan Aklaycin 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.

Course Logistics

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Online Webinar

The dental professional

8:00am – 9:30am Pacific Standard time


1.5 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 30 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credits.