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12 Session Comprehensive Course



The Academy of Gp Orthodontics has over 30 years experience providing comprehensive orthodontic continuing education courses where students treat patients, not typodonts. These courses are designed to be the closest CE Course to an orthodontic residency for the General Practitioner. Our 12-session course meets one weekend every two months and consists of a Friday classroom lecture and a Saturday comprehensive clinical hands-on training session with direct patient treatment. All patients, materials, and supplies for the clinical sessions are provided by the Academy. The lectures include identification and understanding of the various types of patient malocclusions and how they can be treated effectively utilizing the Differential Straight-Arch® Technique. The knowledge gained through the Friday lecture/didactic format is reinforced by Saturday’s clinical participation, allowing you the optimum learning experience. 

Course Advantages
  • Courses are limited in number of participants in order to maintain an optimum, dynamic student-to-instructor learning experience in a clinical setting.
  • Receive clinical training with patients for a hands-on experience.
  • Treat a case load of patients from bracketing to retention for a full clinical experience.
  • Students are encouraged to begin cases in their own practices by the third or fourth session.
  • Course tuition and expenses are easily recovered by beginning three to four cases in your own practice.
  • Instructors provide mentoring and case consultation for no additional fee.
  • You will have the same instructor for each session with monitoring privileges upon completion.
  • Students can retake the lecture portion of the course at no additional charge.(current AGpO membership required)
Technique Advantages
The Differential Straight-Arch® Technique is a comprehensive, modified straight wire technique that facilitates learning because it is divided into three stages of treatment. The bracket has the following advantages:
  • It reduces the need for functional appliances, head gear, or any distalizing mechanics.
  • Extraction cases can be treated much easier.
  • Teeth can be moved using light forces so it is more comfortable for the patient..
  • It reduces the need for orthognathic surgery.
  • Anterior deep bites can be opened without the need for bite planes.

We limit number of participants for a dynamic clinical learning environment.


Course Format

This is a comprehensive clinical orthodontic course where students treat patients in a clinical setting to ensure excellent case results. Classes will meet on Friday (didactic) and Saturday (clinical) every 6-8 weeks for a total of 12 sessions. The Friday lectures will include the following topics:

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment Planning
  • Case Selection
  • Etiology / Causation
  • Growth and Development
  • Facial Esthetics – Profile Analysis
  • Early treatment – when to intercept
    • Appliances
    • Arch development - Palatal Expansion
    • Oral habits - Tongue thrust, thumb sucking
  • Limited Cases
  • Orthodontic Mechanics
  • Space Maintenance – Creating / Maintaining
  • Overbite / Overjet
  • Open Bites – Skeletal / Dental
  • Surgical Orthodontics
  • Extractions – when to extract
  • Impactions
  • Case Finishing
  • Retention
  • Practice and Risk Management
  • Lifetime Case Mentoring (current AGpO membership required)

Tuition is quickly recovered by starting 3-4 cases in your own practice.

    Course Goals
  • To facilitate your professional growth by providing an environment in which you will learn orthodontics.
  • To enable you to more comprehensively service those who come to you for dental care.
  • To help you become knowledgeable and confident in providing orthodontic treatment to your patients.

We treat patients, not typodonts!

Typical Session Schedule

    Friday - 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • (Classroom) Lecture and Participation: Seminar/Lecture/Diagnosis/Case Presentation/Typodont Exercises
    Friday - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Diagnosis/Case Presentations and Treatment Planning for Patients to be seen in the clinic.
  • Optional case consultation session with instructor using patient records brought from each participant’s practice.
    Saturday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • (Clinical) Participation: Hands-on Patient Treatment.

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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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Academy of Gp Orthodontics
509 E. Boydstun Ave.
Rockwall, TX 75087
Phone 800.634.2027
Fax 888.634.2028
International 972.722.4455