Specialist Orthodontist Dr Sunil Hirani is celebrating after recently passing the higher level European Society of Lingual Orthodontics (ESLO) exam. Dr Hirani was one of seven candidates to sit the exam, which took place at the 14th ESLO Congress in Sorrento, Italy in June 2022. He is now the only orthodontist in the UK to possess this qualification from a population of 67 million. A panel of lingual examiners assessed Dr Hirani’s five challenging cases (all treated exclusively with lingual fixed appliances only), considering their difficulty, standard of records, efficiency of treatment, outcome and post-treatment stability. About 50 individuals have passed this exceptionally difficult exam worldwide, so it’s a fantastic achievement. The candidate sitting the exam is usually a specialist with at least 10 years of experience in lingual orthodontics. As chairman of the British Lingual Orthodontic Society (BLOS), Dr Hirani believes in ‘Invisible Orthodontics’ which now comprises of lingual fixed appliances and clear aligners. Hybrid orthodontics involving lingual and clear aligners is now becoming routine with some clinicians, especially when dealing with complex cases.
Well done to BLOS Chairman Dr Sunil Hirani for recently passing his World Society of Lingual Orthodontics (WSLO) exam. Sunil is the only consultant-trained specialist orthodontist in the UK to hold this prestigious qualification. An expert panel of lingual examiners assessed Sunil’s cases, considering difficulty, standard of records, treatment planning skills, efficiency of treatment, outcome, cephalometric tracings and post-treatment stability. As of 2019, only 246 individuals have passed this exam worldwide so it’s a huge achievement.
"As a final year orthodontic postgraduate, I have enjoyed developing my knowledge and skill set using fixed and removable appliances. However, I am aware of other modalities which are used to treat patients, and as a future specialist, I understand the importance of offering and providing a range of treatments to a high standard. Joining the BLOS committee has enabled me to meet like-minded professionals and to work alongside a dynamic team fuelled with enthusiasm, experience and passion for the speciality, enhancing my education in learning the fundamentals of lingual orthodontics."
After 15 years, we've made the decision to increase our membership fee by a small amount to £175 a year. This decision was taken after careful deliberation and is due to the increased costs of running the society. We hope you agree that BLOS membership offers excellent value for money and can even pay for itself if you take advantage of our supplier discounts. Thank you for your continued support.
Congratulations to BLOS Chairman Dr Sunil Hirani for passing his European Society of Lingual Orthodontics (ESLO) exam last week. Sunil is the only consultant-trained specialist orthodontist in the UK to hold this prestigious qualification.
A study by the BOS has also revealed that 35% of its members are offering their patients... lingual braces!
November’s Lingual Study Club raised £320 for the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) – a fantastic cause that helps those affected by cleft lips and palates. Dr Sunil Hirani visited CLAPA to present the cheque and learn more about their great work.
BLOS Chairman Dr Sunil Hirani’s speaks to Orthodontic Practice about his role at BLOS and running a successful specialist orthodontic practice.
The BLOS committee reflect on their recent Lingual Study Club in the BOS News.