The Japanese Orthodontic Society
It is my great honor to have been appointed as President of the Japanese Orthodontic Society, following the nomination and confirmation processes on February 28, 2022. Recognizing the tremendous responsibility that comes with the appointment, I am committed to effectively leading the Society which is imbued with such rich history and tradition, with the support of colleagues and partners of the Society, throughout my tenure.
The Society, which became a public interest incorporated association in 2012 and specializes in the field of orthodontics, has been contributing to the advancement of orthodontic research and treatment both domestically and internationally. With its membership surpassing 7,000, the roles and social responsibilities that the Society must fulfill as an academic association serving the public interest in its specialty of orthodontics have become increasingly important.
Orthodontic treatment is a creative discipline in medicine that addresses skeletal and functional irregularities in teeth alignment and occlusion by implementing corrective procedures to achieve a new morphological and functional balance, paying attention to each patient’s unique growth and developmental process. Due to these characteristics, orthodontics has been recognized and appreciated by individual citizens and society as one of the leading dental specialties that entail advanced expertise and skill.
When a new patient comes into an orthodontist’s office, an initial consultation is provided, and then the patient is guided through an examination, test, and analysis to determine their precise condition. After that, the orthodontist formulates an optimal treatment plan for the specific condition and explains it to the patient along with the anticipated treatment outcomes. Once the patient understands and consents to the plan, the treatment begins. However, instances of deviation from the appropriate treatment procedure have tended to increase recently, so the Society recognizes the need to disseminate more information on proper orthodontic treatment. Moreover, the Society will make efforts to establish an orthodontic specialist certification program in order to enhance public awareness on the specialty of orthodontics and prevent inappropriate orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment for malocclusions in conjunction with cleft lip/palate or various other medical conditions, or jaw deformities is covered by health insurance. Orthodontists need to work in concert with doctors from other departments to treat such patients. The Society will continuously strive to facilitate cooperative projects among the related industries, academia, and government agencies to drive technological innovation and promote fundamental clinical research for promoting high-quality treatment considering the patients’ safety and therapy.
The Japanese Orthodontic Society will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2026, just four years away. In preparation for this remarkable milestone, the Society will be commencing a series of activities to commemorate the centennial, including scientific research projects, commemorative publications, and planning and preparation for a special annual meeting of the Society to mark this historic occasion. This event is a special opportunity for us to be able to present to the world as well as domestically the history and progress of orthodontics in Japan over the years, along with the outlook for the specialty of orthodontics. We will steadily prepare for various related events in cooperation with our member orthodontists working at universities, other educational institutions, and private practices.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has yet to end, the Society’s executive directors are committed to doing their utmost to advance public oral health by facilitating the evolution of orthodontic research, promoting related scientific development, and enhancing clinical practice in the field.
I would ask for your kind understanding and further support, which are essential for our Society.
The 78th Annual Meeting in Nagasaki (Nov.20-22,2019)
JOS Members of Committee