Choosing an orthodontics course just got easier.

You’re committed to adding orthodontics to your dental practice, but now you need to find the perfect orthodontics course to begin your educational journey. Finding the right orthodontics course is an important part of your didactic and clinical education, just like choosing a residency program. In order to find the appropriate course for you, you need to do your research and understand what each course offers and how it can benefit you and your dental practice.

There are so many orthodontic courses out there, so how do you choose the right one? Sort out what you are looking for when choosing an orthodontics course and look for a program that is geared toward educating general and pediatric dentists wanting to add orthodontics to their practice. Williams GP Orthodontic Seminars is well-known for offering comprehensive, hands-on courses that teach dentists everything from diagnosis to retainer retention and how to feel confident treating malocclusion cases.

Here are some of the top things to look for when picking an orthodontics course:

1. Choose a hands-on orthodontics course.

There is nothing wrong with online courses because they have many benefits, but there is nothing compared to a hands-on course with a live instructor. Taking a live, hands-on course with Dr. Brad Williams is a great way to ask questions in real-time and brainstorm about orthodontic questions. It is a rare chance to have a small group discussion with other dentists who are in the same boat as you: trying to incorporate orthodontics into their practices to better their careers.

A hands-on course is beneficial because you can follow the wire-bending and any technical parts right in front of you. If there is any confusion, you can have your questions answered immediately. It is certainly the number one way to build your confidence and give you the practice you need to treat orthodontic patients in your office.

2. Choose an orthodontics course with an enthusiastic instructor.

Dr. Brad Williams has been practicing orthodontics for over 30 years and has the training and experience to teach other dentists how to add orthodontics to their regimen of skills. The Premier Comprehensive Clinical Program receives so much positive feedback because of its small class size and personalized instruction.

Dr. Williams’ extensive experience will benefit any general dental practitioner and pediatric dentist looking for an orthodontic course. He teaches orthodontics by inviting students into the clinic with live patients and shows them exactly how to apply didactic lessons to a patient.

3. Choose a course that is designed for general and pediatric dentists.

After dental school, most dentists don’t get the opportunity to learn orthodontics unless they take a comprehensive orthodontics course. Most of the time there is an hour class available, but most are solely in the classroom or on the lab bench. Williams GP Orthodontic Seminars offers courses designed for dentists who want to gain confidence in understanding how to better diagnose and treat malocclusions.

Dr. Williams has been practicing general dental orthodontics for decades, so he understands exactly how orthodontics can fit into a general or pediatric practice. Instead of referring cases out, this course gives dentists the opportunity to gain the knowledge needed to safely and effectively treat patients in their practice.

4. Choose a course that has tiers for beginners and advanced practitioners.

Some orthodontic courses are designed only for experienced practitioners, but the truth is, many dentists have not had an orthodontic lesson since dental school. You need a course that has options for dentists of all levels, whether it is a beginner or advanced course.

Dr. Williams’ seminars offer courses for both beginners and intermediates who want to learn to treat more complex cases. It is incredibly important that when you start your orthodontic course journey, you have the option to continue to learn and advance your skills. The Basic Straight Wire course educates students on how to diagnose malocclusions and learn to use proper radiography and treatment plan cases. The Intermediate Comprehensive Straight Wire course helps experienced practitioners use additional appliances and understand the surgical component of orthodontics.

5. Choose an orthodontics course that helps you incorporate your skills into your practice.

Taking an orthodontic course is the first step in adding an orthodontic program to your practice. But, one of the most important parts after your course is learning how to tangibly apply what you learned to your daily work. Sometimes it is an adjustment for dentists to offer new services because they don’t feel as comfortable or confident presenting complex treatment plans.

Courses that are well designed don’t only have a comprehensive didactic and clinical program, but they help dentists understand how to apply what they learned when they go home. Dr. Williams and his team are also available after the course ends to assist with any troubleshooting. Also, when you have several course sessions scheduled throughout the year, you have the opportunity to bring new questions and interests to each session.

Choosing an orthodontic course can be overwhelming, but you want to keep in mind that a program should be hands-on and have a motivated lecturer who is available during and after your course ends. A course offered by Williams GP Orthodontic Seminars is one of the most comprehensive and well-rounded courses to help general and pediatric dentists develop the knowledge and confidence needed to successfully add orthodontics to a dental practice.