Adults are seeking orthodontics in record numbers, and more parents are following the advice of the American Dental Association regarding orthodontic evaluations for children by age 7.

Due to these two facts, adding orthodontics to the skill set of additional dentists at your practice or multi-practice is one of the most effective ways to grow your business.

This growth is due to a few factors. Firstly, you’ll increase production as you can now offer straight wire orthodontics among your services. A typical orthodontics case is $5,000. Even if your case acceptance is only one per month, adding orthodontics to a general practice can increase your doctor salary by as much as 37%.

You’ll also be more competitive in the market by offering two distinct services within your practice—people will be more likely to come to you when they need one service or the other. And finally, by offering more services, you will grow trust among your patients.

Williams Orthodontics Seminars is now proud to offer our straight wire orthodontics course. This five session course helps you build up your diagnostic care, learn the power of straight wire orthodontics, and manage your treatment planning.

That is only the tip of the iceberg. To dig deeper and see how well this straight wire orthodontics course can help you, let’s check out the details in this in-depth FAQ.

1. When and where is the course happening?

The straight wire orthodontics course repeats many times, and the next offering will take place over five weekends from the end of 2020 to the beginning of 2021. These weekend conventions will be at the Marriott Quorum in Addison, TX, outside of Dallas.

Each weekend course has two major lectures on Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday there is a more in-depth look at potential casework discussion regarding the course’s lessons.

The dates for the weekends are October 9–11, November 6–8, December 4–6, January 8–10, and February 19–21.

2. Who is teaching the course?

The course instructor is none other than our very own Dr. Brad Williams. Dr. Williams has been practicing general dentistry since 1982 and has been a member of the American Orthodontic Society since 1983. He has been active with the American Orthodontic Society for years, serving on their board of directors for a time.

Shifting to straight wire orthodontics practices in 1999, Dr. Williams has kept up with the technique in his own practice in Skiatook, Oklahoma ever since. He has a host of teaching credits working with previous instructors of straight wire orthodontics.

To help him with the course is Susan Coffey, RDA. Susan is an associate instructor for the American Orthodontic Society. She is the course assistant and teaches the special assistant course that covers Williams’ basic and intermediate curriculum.

3. Is there a discount and what if I become ill and need to cancel?

If you register and pay in full before September 11, 2020, or register with a 50% deposit, you will receive a $500 early-bird discount.

If you, for whatever reason, need to remove yourself from the course, you must file for a refund two weeks before the course start date, and you’ll receive a 50% refund.

To register for the course, you must be an active member of the American Orthodontic Society. If you are not a member, start your application right away to take advantage of the early-bird special of $500 off!

4. Why choose straight wire orthodontics?

Some dentists are moving toward clear aligners for orthodontics work. The traditional methods of straight wire orthodontics can seem old fashioned, but they do provide benefits for both your practices and your business.

Clear aligners such as Invisalign have the aesthetic advantage of being easy to hide. That said, straight wire braces work faster and with more consistency. The biggest boon with mastery of both methods is adding a wider variety to your practice— you can give your clients more choice and broaden both your patient base and your treatment production.

5. How do the courses operate?

The courses themselves work to add more comprehensive orthodontics practices into your general dentistry. Both general practitioners and pediatric dentists can benefit.

Dr. Williams designs the courses to be hands-on, allowing you to get a firm grasp of each practice and a close look at potential diagnosis situations. This helps to put the entire experience right in the mindset of your professional work.

The courses also give you a strong method for how to incorporate the straight wire orthodontics into your practice. This includes the business work on how to integrate the appliance system into your usual methods.

Another focus of the course work comes in diagnostic work, letting you tackle far more orthodontics cases than ever before.

6. What does Session 1 cover?

The first session’s lecture covers the benefits of orthodontics, cephalometrics x-rays, and the basics of straight wire brackets. The demonstration for the weekend includes placing separators and the exercises involved in bracketing a wide variety of teeth.

7. What does Session 2 cover?

The second session’s lecture focuses on early treatment. This means working with items like the prefabricated utility archwire system, palatal expanders, crafting treatment plans, and customizing these methods to your cases.

The exercises work on these concepts, giving you practice with the palatal expanders and the utility archwire system.

8. What does Session 3 cover?

The third session’s lecture delves into more comprehensive treatment. It covers a wide variety of customization on the basic methods, from different types of archwires, various methods to open bites, using dental arches to correct teeth alignment, and the different bends to archwires and what they mean.

The exercises cover the many different sizes and varieties of archwires. This covers both nitinol archwires and stainless steel archwires.

9. What does Session 4 cover?

The fourth session’s lectures continue the comprehensive treatment plans. It fleshes out treatment plan methods, expands upon straight wire methods with Class II malocclusions, and gives a more in-depth look at orthodontic appliances.

The demonstration covers recovering the U5s regarding .016 x .022 Nitinol. The exercises cover the use of the multi-distalizing arch appliance and retracting both the canines and the anteriors.

10. What does Session 5 cover?

The last session’s lectures detail the various methods you learnt over the courses and how and when to incorporate them into your practice. This covers methods on general practice orthodontic management, case finishing techniques, clear aligner therapy, and a final run-through on case diagnosis.

The exercises deal with elastic strategies, Bond-A-Braid, and cross arch elastics.

Learning Straight Wire and Beyond With Williams Orthodontic Seminars

General practice dentistry will always shift and change to technology. Understanding the best tools and methods at your disposal helps you to be adaptable in the face of major industry changes.

Straight wire orthodontics is a powerful asset and few teach it as well as Dr. Brad Williams. For questions about this course or other items in our catalog, contact us today for more information.