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Wired for Learning: Orthodontic Basics (AGD 370)

Presenter: Lori Garland Parker, RDA, RDAEF


This program will introduce the reader to the fascinating world of orthodontics. Orthodontics is a technical and scientific area of dentistry that not only focuses on functional occlusion, but also can dramatically improve the quality of people’s lives by creating an esthetic, pleasing smile, which can increase self-esteem and self-confidence. Whether the patient is a child or adult, orthodontics is a relatively short-term investment for a lifetime of results.


Lori Garland Parker is a clinical consultant and co-founder of Consulting Network, a leading orthodontic management and training organization. She coaches orthodontic practices on maximizing the talents of the clinical team, implementing systems to enhance clinical efficiency and productivity along with continuity of care, and teaches communication skills and patient motivation. She also designed and teaches the “Train the Trainer” program, lectures extensively in the U.S. and abroad, and has written a line of customizable procedure manuals to support successful new employee integration into the practice. Lori holds a Bachelors in Business and a Masters in Organizational Management. She is also a RDAEF in California.


At the completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• State the requirements for becoming an orthodontist.
• Describe primary career opportunities available in orthodontics.
• Recognize normal occlusion.
• Explain the three Angle classifications.
• Identify the five additional discrepancies.
• Discuss why malocclusions occur.
• State when the American Association   of Orthodontics recommends a child first be seen by an orthodontist.
• Describe the basic mechanics of tooth movement.
• Explain the types of orthodontic movement.
• Identify typical orthodontic records and their purpose.
• Differentiate the Palmer tooth numbering system from the Universal tooth numbering system.
• Identify the parts of standard orthodontic appliances.
• Identify three sample auxiliary types.
• Identify and define three types of functional appliances.
• Identify three types of expansion appliances.
• Identify and define five other CI II correction appliances.
• Describe the purpose of habit appliances.
• Identify and define four types of headgear.
• Identify five other removable active appliances.
• Summarize the purpose of holding arches.
• Recognize and describe the purpose of retainers.
• Name four types of retainers.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of the course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.


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