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About this course:

Located at the amazing GC America Headquartes in Alsip, IL outside of Chicago.

Providing orthodontics is about more than just giving our patients great smiles. Orthodontic treatment can oftentimes be used alone, or in tandem with other treatment modalities as part of a larger treatment plan. Orthodontics can serve our patients as an alternative to surgical or more invasive procedures. Ortho can also assist us in improving tooth position that will in turn give us better restorative outcomes. Unfortunately most dentists do not receive applicable orthodontic training in dental school. This course aims to remedy that.

This course is meant to be a launching pad for dentists looking to bring orthodontic solutions into their service mix via aligner therapy. It is also meant to introduce the power of digital dentistry and show how providers can leverage this technology for treatment using aligners no matter what system they use. Not only does this lead to significant cost savings, but can lead to both great efficiency and improve clinical outcomes.

Course Objectives:

General Concepts:

  • The role of orthodontics in a general practice
  • Screening and Diagnosis
  • Taking proper records and photography
  • Systematizing how to think about orthodontic planning
  • Explaining the different modalities of treatment available today
  • Develop a criteria for cases to understand what to treat and what to refer

Orthodontic Foundations:

  • Understand what makes teeth move
  • Determine how teeth need to move for the desired result
  • Understand clear aligners and how those forces vary from brackets
  • Learn the different mechanics used to establish arches, and the relative difficulty of each

Orthodontic Movements:

  • Leveling and aligning an arch
  • How to open a deep bite
  • How to close an open bite
  • How to create space to unravel crowding
  • How to close space in spacing cases
  • How to utilize IPR safely, predictably, and efficiently

Blue Sky Plan Workflow:

  • How to use the orthdontics module
  • How to generate ceph reports
  • How to design aligner cases

3D Printing and Lab Processing:

  • Understanding outsourcing vs In-House printing options
  • Materials used for aligners and IBT’s
  • Printer settings and tips
  • Aligner Fabrication

Marketing and Implementation:

  • Developing your own “brand”
  • Developing your own white-label packaging
  • Educating and training your team
  • How to start having conversations with your existing patients about ortho.

Course Outline:

Day 1:

  • Why orthodontics?
  • Orthodontics role in everyday dentistry
  • How orthodontics fits into our treatment planning
  • Learn what you can treat, and more importantly, what to refer
  • Learn how to spot red flags and potential trouble
  • Brackets vs Aligner; understand how the mechanics vary between the two
  • Aligners and attachments
  • Arch development
  • Level, Align, De-rotate
  • Opening bites
  • Closing bites
  • Gaining Space
  • Closing space

Day 2:

  • Hands-on Blue Sky Plan training
  • Ceph Analysis
  • Digital Model Preparation
  • Tooth Segmentation
  • Placing Attachments
  • Staging cases
  • Digital Bracket Placement
  • IBT design
  • Creating your own aligner brand
  • Clever packaging and marketing
  • On-boarding your team
  • Creating your implementation strategy
  • Starting the ortho conversation with your patients