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The Academy of Gp Orthodontics has provided comprehensive orthodontic continuing education courses for the General Practitioner for 30 years. Our hands-on courses are designed to be the closest CE Course to an Orthodontic Residency for the General Practitioner. Courses meet one weekend every two months and consist of a Friday classroom instruction and a Saturday comprehensive clinical hands-on training with direct patient treatment to ensure excellent case results. You will have the same instructor for all six sessions and this course is limited to 12 participants in order to maintain an optimum, dynamic student-to-instructor learning experience in a clinical setting.


  • Treat patients in a clinical setting
  • Early orthodontic diagnosis
  • Treatment timing: when to start
  • Record taking on young children
  • Treatment planning for early crowding
  • Mixed dentition space analyses
  • Case selection: which patients benefit from early treatment
  • Appliance design and selection
  • Facial profile analysis
  • Review of dental development and facial growth
  • Airway assessment in relation to facial growth
  • One Phase vs. Two Phase treatment strategies
  • Retention after Phase I
  • Early treatment of class I, class II and class III patients



  • Course overview; review of course materials
  • Trends in Early treatment
  • Who, When, and Why early treatment
  • Patient selection
  • Early treatment goals
  • Review of primary dentition/ Growth and development
  • Space loss in the Primary and Mixed dentition
  • Midline symmetry/asymmetry
  • Anterior cross-bites
  • Posterior cross-bites; functional shift of the Mandible
  • Ectopic molar eruption
  • Upper midline Diastemas
  • Advancement arch
  • Wire locks
  • Serial extractions
  • Class I crowding overview
  • Class II, and early Class III cases
  • Early Orthodontic treatment strategies
  • Arch width assessment
  • Developing arch width
  • Adequate vs. Inadequate transverse development
  • Follow-up cases (after Phase I)
  • Mixed Dentition Space analysis in detail
  • Introduction to Mouth breathing
  • Facial Growth
  • "A Tale of Two Faces"
  • Hands on Lab (Space analysis on study models)
  • Schwarz analysis
  • Review of course patient from Session I
  • Review of student cases (Bring records of patients in your practice)
  • Dual Arch Orthopedic technique
  • Coordinated Arch Development
  • Review transverse arch development from primary thru adult dentition
  • Case review and follow-up
  • Facial profile analysis
  • Bolton norms and facial profile
  • Early treatment diagnosis (putting it all together)
  • LLA (lower lingual arch)
  • Orthodontic lab prescriptions
  • Appliance design
  • Maxillary removable retainers (clasping requirements)
  • Review of course patients from Session II
  • Review of student cases (Bring records of patients in your practice)
  • Nasorespiratory dysfunction
  • Mouth breathing and vertical facial growth
  • Nasal breathing benefits
  • Allergies
  • Rhinitis
  • Recognizing allergy signs
  • SDB (Sleep Disordered Breathing)
  • Tonsils and Adenoids
  • Correct oral posture
  • Facial Beauty
  • Head posture
  • Evaluation of Posterior Airway Space
  • Indicator Line (Dr. Mew)
  • Features of vertical growth prior to the pubertal growth spurt
  • Review of course patients from Session III
  • Review of student cases (Bring records of patients in your practice)
  • Review of Class II patients
  • Treatment timing for Class II correction
  • Molar distalization
  • Herbst treatment (Dr. Vasut)
  • Review of treatment modalities for class II correction
  • Review of course patients from session IV
  • Review of student cases (Bring records of patients in your practice)
  • Review of class III patients
  • Skeletal maturation
  • Treatment timing for early class III correction
  • Face mask selection
  • Class III mechanics
  • Appliance design for class III
  • Class III growers and growth patterns
  • Review of course patients from Session V
  • Review of student cases (Bring records of patients in your practice)
  • Graduation Ceremony!


  • To eliminate or significantly reduce the extent of treatment needed in the permanent dentition
  • To prevent full expression of a developing malocclusion that will get worse over time
  • To maintain symmetry of the dental arches during transition to the permanent dentition
  • To allow the natural eruption and alignment of teeth so they assume position in the dental arch close to their final destination



You will learn the importance of early interception of malocclusions in the young patient and what appliances are necessary to achieve facial beauty and optimal functional occlusion. You will learn to quickly complete these therapies and the importance of gaining and maintaining control of patient treatment in the permanent dentition.

Keith Wilkerson, D.D.S. attended the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and received his dental degree in 1990. He completed both a residency in pediatric dentistry and a master's of science degree from Baylor College of Dentistry and Baylor University in 1994. He has been board certified by the ABPD since 2000. Keith has been using the Tip-Edge® technique since his 1997 graduation from the Academy's 12-Session Hands-On Course. He is a member of the Academy, an Academy Diplomate and past president. Keith has been in private practice since 1993. Early orthodontic/orthopedic and interceptive treatments are his major focus, with an emphasis on correct facial growth and oral posture.

Bert Vasut, D.D.S. graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1981 with a degree in Biology. In 1987, he graduated from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, with his D.D.S. specializing in Pediatric Dentistry. In 1987 he opened a private practice of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics in Cedar Park, Texas.


Dr. Vasut received his hands-on orthodontic training under AGpO instructor, Dr. Ron Austin and has been a clinical instructor at the Cedar Park, Texas site since 2005. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Academy of Gp Orthodontics.

May 4-5 | Intro. and Session I
July 20-21 | Session II
September 21-22 | Session III
November 16-17 | Session IV
January 11-12 | Session V
March 8-9 | Session VI

Bert Vasut, D.D.S.
2051 Cypress Rd. Suite N
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Phone: (512) 258-8888

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10911 Pecan Park Blvd
Austin, TX 78750
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"This early treatment course helped me start more Early Phase I treatment on my patients. Dr. Wilkerson is a terrific instructor and offers to help you with cases, which was something I liked and appreciated. Dr. Vasut is very helpful chairside and I learned a lot from his staff, as they had years of orthodontics experience."
- K. Nguyen, D.D.S.


The Academy of Gp Orthodontics is a non-profit educational and professional organization which was founded by Dr. Charles Yates in 1987. Its membership is composed of dentists and dental specialists who provide quality orthodontic care for their patients. The organization's goal is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and new technological developments in the field of orthodontics through comprehensive orthodontic experiences with direct patient care. Leadership Feedback

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509 E. Boydstun Ave.
Rockwall, TX 75087
Phone 800.634.2027
Fax 888.634.2028
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