(Ortho 1 Seminar and Hands On Training with Clayton A. Chan, DDS is offered in conjunction with Ortho 2).
Course Description: “Orthodontics Level 1”
Prerequisite Course: General Dentists - OC Levels 1,2, 3 and 4 and Orthodontic Specialists - OC Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.
- Designed for doctors with or without ortho background with a minimum of OC Levels 1-4 Occlusion knowledge and beyond.
- Designed for doctors who have GNM restorative knowledge, but may or may not have have a working knowledge and skills of GNM orthodontic protocols.
- For dentists who may have had some training in ortho, but have not effectively implemented orthodontics into their dental practice.
- For clinicians who have been working with their orthodontic specialist and want to learn more.
"Seeing the Big Picture - Orthodontics to Orthopedics”
"Whether you have dabbled a little in the ortho arena or do it regularly, the combination of GNM orthotics and orthodontic practice is critical to success in so many cases. Recognizing how Ortho works and what i can and SHOULD accomplish for you when you work with specialists or you want to gain a keen understanding of how Ortho can enhance your restorative cases...THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU!"
Orthodontic is more than just learning which bracket or wire system to use. It is about developing the knowledge, skills and ability to visualize the whole treatment "orthopedically". Develop the surrounding tissue and bony arches to a physiologic quantifiable position is one of key distinguishing factors in our GNM orthodontic approach. Comprehending and applying the data strategically is key to appropriately applying the techniques necessary to develop and move teeth and skeletal relationships. Scientific methodology that satisfy bio- physiologic relationships in the orthopedic diagnosis is addressed starting from point A to point Z - putting the pieces together in an orderly fashion to finish the case physiologically. Learning sound laws and principles of orthodontics as well as GNM orthopedic growth and development is key to stable occlusion and facial esthetics.
This is the foundational course with manuals that are super helpful and used to refer back to so that the student can check on things as the Ortho patients come into ones practice or return to your practice after referral or for hygiene checks. Orthodontic tools and records will be sequenced to support the bigger perspective of this style of treatment. The physiologic bite record sets the stage to establish a corrected orthopedic position prior to any implementation of fixed and or removable orthodontic procedures.
Diagnostic standards of homeostasis of the cranio-mandibular and cervical complex is a key concept that distinguishes a comprehensive orthodontic curriculum, instilling in each student the importance of occlusal stability. Objective documentation and records along with an understanding of scan interpretation validate and support dentofacial and cervical alignment protocols and orthodontic and orthopedic mechanics is presented throughout the curriculum.
- Introduce the clinician to comprehensive objective orthodontic and "orthopedic" diagnostics and treatment planning - "Seeing the Bigger Picture".
- Cephalometric analysis and measurements are presented to orient the clinician to foundational landmarks.
- An introduction to bracket placement and wire mechanics will be introduced along with case selection of the when and where to use the brackets and appliances?
- Angles Keys to Normal Occlusion - cuspid and molar relationships and their significance to orthopedic diagnosis and treatment planning.
- Straight Wire Bracketing and understanding various bracket prescriptions.
- Commonly Used Appliances including the "Orthosis Matrix"
- Practice Management
- Theories of Growth & Development
- Records for orthopedic and orthodontic diagnosis
- Growth Indexes
- Evaluating Diagnostic Factors
- When to initiate treatment
- Distinguishing between simple, moderate and complex cases.
- Keys to Proper Occlusion
- Importance of orthopedic and orthodontic integration to stability
- Overview of current bracket systems
- Overview of functional appliances
- When and how to use removables
- When and how to use fixed appliances
- How to select your first orthodontic case
- Integration of an Orthosis into orthodontics
This instruction will begin your journey to master comprehensive orthodontics, dentofacial and NM Orthopedics.
What Other Doctors Are Saying About OC Ortho I:
"Not only is OC Level 1 an eye opener, but consider Clayton's "other" Level 1 course ie. ORTHO! Just completed the first 2 days of a 4 day journey into GNM Ortho - a fabulous presentation of well researched material, methodically delivered in an organized manner, with a comprehensive manual full of quality photos and diagrams, a couple of breakout sessions to gain some techniques and tricks on appliance usage and wire bending coupled with an open forum for questions and a comraderie with fellow doctors - can't say enough good things about how principles are presented for us to understand and diagnose without getting hung up on the myriad options of brackets, wires or appliances to use. Keeping the main thing the main thing tends to clear one's head of so many treatment possibilities and simplifies the approach to helping our patients orthopedically AND orthodontically.
"I also just completed ortho level 1 at OC last weekend. I haven't bent a wire since dental school, but I learned so much. And I can always contact Joe Liwag at Space Maintainers Lab for help. I feel confident enough to start some simple removable ortho cases (on the right patients with whom I'm comfortable), including my kids. I also asked the same questions you did, and don't want to waste my time taking ortho courses and learning about complicated appliances if it doesn't have to be that complicated.....I definitely feel I need to complete Level 2 and 3 prior to starting any fixed appliance therapy."
- Dr. Lloyd S. Hataishi, D.D.S. LLC, Aiea, Hawaii