Not Sure If You Want To Start Practicing Orthodontics?

Many general and pediatrics will agree that after practicing for so many years, you can develop a routine that is hard to break. One of the main reasons general and pediatric dentists avoid practicing orthodontics is simply a lack of training. What many dental professionals don’t realize is that if you want to start practicing orthodontics, it takes only a bit of time and effort to transform your career into one that is more fulfilling and lucrative.

Dental school is a four-year, intensive postgraduate program, but nearly all dental schools fail to provide extensive orthodontic training for students. Therefore, unless you take an orthodontic CE course, there is a good chance you have limited knowledge of orthodontics, you don’t know the best ways to diagnose and treat malocclusion cases, and you may not even know the appropriate time to refer cases out. 

Taking orthodontic certificate courses with Dr. Brad Williams is one of the best ways you can move past any fears or concerns holding you back from advancing your career. Dr. Brad Williams and his team are experienced dental professionals who practice general dental orthodontics and primarily work with general and pediatric dentists longing to add orthodontics to their practices. This is key in that they understand all of the challenges and positives of providing orthodontic care in a general dental practice.

Concerns Preventing You From Taking an Orthodontic CE Course

If you are holding back from offering orthodontics, you are not alone. Here are a few common concerns that cause general dentists to hold back from practicing orthodontics.

1. Lack of Training

You can see your patient could benefit from orthodontics, but you want to do what is right for your patients, and you’re not entirely sure when or how orthodontics may fit into their treatment. Or you are not sure if braces can correct a bite problem or improve a sleep condition. These are common concerns of dentists who want to provide quality care but don’t have the background in orthodontics to understand proper diagnosis, record taking, or treatment objectives. 

Instead of worrying about whether orthodontics can benefit your patients, sign up for an orthodontic CE course. Dr. Williams offers orthodontic courses for dentists of all levels, beginners to advanced. The Basic Straight Wire course is a well-designed course that introduces dentists to diagnosing Class I and II malocclusions, record taking using digital radiography, and using straight wire braces to improve smiles.

2. Too Many Course Options

Many dentists are bombarded with CE courses but are unsure which are legitimate and will actually teach them how to apply orthodontics. Dr. Williams’s courses are designed for general and pediatric dentists who want the experience of learning all areas of orthodontics. One of the best features of all his courses is that they include both didactic and live, hands-on clinical treatment. 

When you take an orthodontic certificate course with Dr. Brad Williams, you not only gain credits you can apply to state licensure requirements but also can use that knowledge back in your practice and turn it into real income. 

3. Losing Referrals From Specialists

Being a general dentist means sometimes relying on specialists as referral sources. It is also valuable to have professional relationships with other types of dentists in the area for networking and professional support. If you are worried about ruining a relationship with a local orthodontist, Dr. Williams helps you identify the types of cases that are appropriate for you to treat and which are more appropriate to refer to a specialist.

4. Need for Continuing Education

Dentists learn new techniques at continuing education courses, but what about afterward? General and pediatric dentists who take a course from Dr. Williams don’t just sign up for a single weekend. The Basic Straight Wire course, for example, spans several months to give dentists an actual opportunity to witness how orthodontics successfully works. If you are interested in continuing your orthodontic education, Dr. Williams offers intermediate and advanced courses that review surgical cases, expansion, TADs, and Class III malocclusions. 

Last, one of the most important aspects of taking courses offered by Dr. Brad Williams is becoming part of a professional network that gives support, even after a course ends. If you are concerned about feeling stuck in the middle of a case or have a question about treatment planning, your colleagues as well as your course instructors are there to guide you throughout the process.

Don’t let these concerns hold you back from a new phase in your dental career. 

Regardless of the reason that is preventing you from offering orthodontics, think about the future of your career. Can you see yourself doing the same thing in 5 or 10 years? If not and you want to make a positive change for both you and your patients, sign up for one of Dr. Williams’s orthodontic CE courses so you can move forward and start practicing orthodontics.