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Develop a Strong Foundation in Orthodontics with an AOS Course

The demand for orthodontic care is high, and many dentists with general or family practices find themselves regularly referring patients to orthodontists for treatment. To mitigate the need for outside referrals, a growing number of dentists are choosing to continue their education by taking a basic orthodontic course.

The American Orthodontic Society presents Dr. Bradford Williams’ Basic Straight Wire Course for any general, family, or pediatric dentist who hasn’t found success with other orthodontic courses. Dentists taking their first course in orthodontic treatment are also welcome.

Pursuing an education in orthodontics yields many rewards for dentists.

After implementing the skills and knowledge adopted from the Basic Straight Wire course, you’ll find that your diagnostic skills in all facets of dental care will be elevated. Your practice will be up-to-date with a high-demand service, encouraging new patients to choose you as their general or family practice. Naturally, loyal patients will choose you for their orthodontic treatment rather than an unfamiliar face.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s included in this comprehensive course.

What You’ll Learn From The Basic Straight Wire Orthodontic Course

“I have taken multiple orthodontic courses but did not have the confidence to jump into a case until I took Dr. Williams’ course. He gave me the confidence to start orthodontics in my general practice and he is always there to answer any questions you may have, even outside of class.” —Pariksha Gunnala, DDS • Grapevine, TX

The Basic Straight Wire Course is specifically designed for general and pediatric dentists who haven’t yet incorporated orthodontics into their practices. Many students have some knowledge of orthodontic basics from unrelated courses but don’t yet feel confident to begin treatment with their patients.

Orthodontic Course Goals for Dentists

The primary goal of this course is to provide a foundation of education that will prepare dentists to move forward with straight wire orthodontics in their practice, allowing them to treat up to 80% of their own patient cases.

Following the end of the course, dentists will know how to:

  • Diagnose and treat Class-l and Class-ll malocclusions.
  • Band and bracket teeth.
  • Analyze cephalometric data for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Incorporate orthodontics into practice in a practical manner.

Meet Your Instructor

The instructor of this course is Dr. Bradford Williams, DDS.

Dr. Brad is a long-time member of the AOS, first joining in 1983. Since 1999 Dr. Brad has been using straight-wire orthodontics in his practice, having trained with the late Dr. Robert Gerety and Dr. David Johnson.

Dr. Brad is a decorated member of the AOS Academy of Diplomates and takes great pride in providing fellow dentists with basic and intermediate courses on straight wire orthodontics as an AOS senior instructor.

Feedback from class alumni shows that Dr. Brad is a student favorite, with many expressing how a combination of his vast knowledge coupled with an enthusiastic approach to teaching helped them to finally feel eager to put their training into practice.

Length & Location of Training

The Basics Straight Wire Course is a five-session series of three-day training sessions hosted in Orlando. Each three-day session includes two days of hands-on training and lectures, followed by a half-day dedicated to case reviews of your own current or prospective cases.

Session 1 begins on May 14th through the 16th, with subsequent sessions occurring until late September’s final fifth session and course completion.

This course offers a total of 100 Continuing Education (CE) credit hours, with an additional 100 CE credits of monitoring for the following year.

Virtual Experience Option

For the 2021 calendar year, the AOS is offering a virtual learning option.

Virtual learning sessions will focus on a multi-camera live stream coupled with slides, videos, and additional materials. You’ll see close-up shots during instructional portions of the course and hear real-time conversations between fellow students and Dr. Williams. The AOS is also providing hands-on exercise kits for virtual students.

Continue your education with Dr. Williams’ orthodontic course.

After completion of the Basic Straight Wire Orthodontics course, the AOS encourages dentists to continue their education with additional courses. Dr. Williams offers Intermediate Straight Wire Orthodontics for students who have already completed the Basics course with success. Dentists can also find additional courses with Dr. Williams here.

You can register for the Basic Straight Wire Orthodontics course today through this online form.