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Setting it Straight: Advanced Orthodontics (AGD 370)

Presenter: Lori Garland Parker, RDAEF, BS, MAOM


This course extends beyond what is covered in “Wired for Learning – Orthodontic Basics” and includes information on the six keys to occlusion, orthodontic bonding materials and techniques, instrumentation, archwire alloys, early treatment considerations, risks and limitations of treatment, and the latest technological innovations in orthodontics. The goal of this course is to familiarize dental assistants with the more advanced aspects of orthodontics.


Lori Garland Parker, RDAEF, BS, MAOM 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.


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

• Define orthodontics.
• Recognize the parts of orthodontic appliances, including brackets, bands, buccal tubes, archwires, and ligating modules.
• Understand Andrews’ Six Keys to Occlusion.
• Identify the ten potential risks and limitations to orthodontic treatment.
• Learn the advantages and disadvantages of early orthodontic treatment.
• Recognize and know the uses for typical orthodontic instrumentation.
• Understand five conditions that require orthognathic surgery for correction.
• Learn about self-ligating brackets, including their advantages and disadvantages.
• Describe three types of orthodontic adhesives.
• Identify the steps involved in bonding brackets using light-cure adhesive.
• Identify the advantages and disadvantages of indirect bonding.
• Learn the advantages and disadvantages of three different wire alloys.
• Understand the role of Temporary Anchorage Devices in orthodontics.
• Learn the purpose of accelerated orthodontic devices.
• Understand eleven ways computer technology is being used in orthodont ics.
•  Describe the option of using 3D printing and in-office appliance fabrication.
•  Discuss the dental health concerns of direct-to-consumer aligner treatment.


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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