Frequently Asked Questions
Is this course right for me?
The 12 session orthodontic hands on program is intensive and requires a large commitment of time and effort but in return offers a comprehensive orthodontic education that will give graduates an unsurpassed level of knowledge and confidence with incorporating orthodontics into their practice.
Why should I take this course?
If you desire to incorporate comprehensive orthodontics into your general or pediatric practice, then this course offers you an efficient, practical, and systematic approach to learning orthodontics.
For whom is this course intended?
This course is intended for general practitioners and specialists who have little or no prior experience in orthodontics. It is also intended for docs that currently offer clear aligner treatment and would like to add comprehensive fixed orthodontics to their practice.
What is the course format?
This clinical hands-on course is comprised of 12 sessions that meet every 6-8 weeks over the course of 2 years on Friday for lecture / didactic and Saturday in a host clinic treating patients.
What will I learn?
• Evolution of orthodontics and the Differential Straight-Arch® Technique
• Overview of the 3 stages of the technique:
1.Stage I is to straighten anterior teeth
2.Stage II is to close any posterior space
3.Stage III is to reach final tip and torque of teeth
• Introduction to Stage One
• Discussion of the orthodontic work-up
• Introduction to clinical patients
• Stage One Treatment in detail
• Diagnosis overview
a. Facial profile analysis
b. Model analysis
c. Cephalometric Analysis
• Patient consult appointment
• Patient informed consent
• Treatment financing arrangements
• Review of clinical patients from Session I
• Review Stage One
• Troubleshooting Stage One problems
• Diagnosis Continued:
a. Cephalometric Analysis
b. Putting Diagnosis all together.
• Palatal expansion
• Cuspid impactions
• Review of clinical patients from Session II
• Stage I troubleshooting
• Introduction - Pre-Stage Two and Stage Two
• Diagnosis (cont’d)
• Creating Space/Air-Rotor Stripping
• TMJ Disorders
• Patient management
• Begin Stage II - Closing posterior space
• Review of clinical patients from Session III
• Stage Two and Pre-Stage Three in detail
• Etiology of malocclusion
• Extraction vs. non-extraction treatment
• Stage II continued:
a. Correcting midlines
b. Getting first molars into a Class I relationship.
• Review of clinical patients from Session IV
• Practice Management
• Review of Stages One, Two, and Pre-Three
• Review of clinical patients from Session V
• Midterm Exam
• Introduction to Stage Three
• Lecture on tooth movement mechanics
• Molar Distalization
• Root Resorption
• Review of clinical patients from Session 6
• Stage Three in detail
• Risk Management
• Review of clinical patients from Session 7
• Review all stages
• Review of clinical patients from Session VIII
• Case finishing in detail
• Early treatment
• Limited treatment
• Review diagnosis
• Mixed Dentition
a. Analysis & Treatment
b. Space Loss
c. Space Management: Creating / Maintaining
d. Etiology of Growth & Development
• Functional Appliances
o Jasper Vector Pro
o Twin Force Bite Corrector
• Airways & Oral habits
• De-impacting Erupting Molars
• Review of Clinical patients from Session IX
• Early treatment (cont’d)
• Debanding and Retention
• Surgical cases / orthognathic surgery
• Troubleshooting cases
• Review of Clinical patients from Session X
• Cosmetic Considerations:
b. Small laterals
c. Missing laterals
d. Chipped anteriors
• TMD as it relates to Orthodontics
• Final Review
• Practice Risk Management
• Final Exam
• Bonus Topics – based on class requests.
• Review of clinical patients from Session XI
• Graduation & Awards Dinner
*This is a general course outline, instructors may cover topics in a slightly different order.
Do I need to have any orthodontic experience?
No, this course is intended for general practitioners and specialists who have little to no prior experience in orthodontics. We understand that you learn little about orthodontics in dental school!
What is the Academy of Gp Orthodontics?
We are a non-profit continuing education organization made up of general dentists, pediatric specialists, and other specialists. The organization provides orthodontic courses with its comprehensive 12 Session hands-on course; along with intermediate and advanced training in orthodontics. We also offer courses to train your assistants. The courses are taught by seasoned, practicing general dentists and pediatric specialists who are well-trained in orthodontics and the Differential Straight-arch Technique (Tip-Edge® System).
Conflict of Interest Statement: The Academy of Gp Orthodontics Inc. receives no money or financial support from TP Orthodontics, Inc., or any other company. AGpO instructors are required to sign a conflict of interest statement and thereby do not/and will not receive any financial support from any manufacturer or product presented during the course.
Why should I join the Academy?
Membership in the Academy is included for all students in the comprehensive 12 session course.
Benefits of Membership:
- Access to our private social network, myAGpO.com
- Network with peers
- Case advice from peers and AGpO instructors
- Access to membership materials: practice documents.
- Generous discounts from the industry’s top suppliers and labs.
- We offer a Tier Advancement Program for Associate Fellowship (with successful completion of the 12 session hands-on course and presentation of 3 cases started in your practice), Fellow, and Diplomate status. Show your patients and colleagues that you are serious about your professional development in orthodontics!
- Online access to a quarterly journal along with access to current and past issues of American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.
What is a Get Acquainted Session?
This is an optional session you can attend to make sure this course is right for you. It gives you an opportunity to meet the course instructor, see the clinical facility, and meet the course host. The session will include a lecture with an introduction to orthodontics and the differential straight-arch technique along with clinical time with a patient treatment demonstration.
What orthodontic technique do you teach?
We teach the Differential Straight-arch Technique, often referred to as the Tip-Edge System. This is a modified straight wire technique.
What are the costs associated with incorporating orthodontics into my practice?
Costs will be discussed during the “Get Acquainted” or Bonus session by the course instructor. Course tuition and startup inventory costs can be offset by the student beginning patient treatments in their own practice by starting 4-5 cases - instructors recommend you start cases by the 3rd or 4th session of the course. AGpO instructors do provide students with suggested supply lists along with practical tips and resources to begin patient treatment in their own practice.
What are the requirements for becoming a student?
The course is open to any U.S. licensed general dentist or specialist. If a dentist is not U.S. licensed then they may participate in the course in the capacity of a dental assistant working at the chair with a U.S. licensed dentist (licensed by the state the course is being given in).
What makes this course different?
The fact that this is a true hands-on course with patients that student is assigned to treat during the 24 month course. You are not observing or only working on typodonts. There may be limited typodont / lab practice prior to working on the patients, at the discernment of the course instructor.
What is the instructor to student ratio?
The maximum ratio is 1 instructor per 10 students with the host dentist being onsite and assisting the course instructor. Most course locations have a 1:8 instructor to student ratio. If the instructor is the host as well, then a co-clinical instructor can be hired at the discretion of the instructor to assist students with their patients.
How many CE hours will I receive?
How many CE hours will I receive? The Academy’s 12 session hands-on courses offer a minimum of 150 CDE hours with the opportunity to earn more through case reviews with your course instructor at no additional charge. Course monitoring privileges are available to recent graduates with current membership. This allows you to receive up to 225 total CDE hours!
Why does the course last two years?
The course boosts the student’s learning curve in many ways with the comprehensive hands-on approach by allowing students to successfully treat several cases under the direction of the course instructor during the 24 month course. Also, students beginning cases in their practices can receive instructor assistance with patient diagnosis, treatment planning and case progress during times set aside during each course session for each students’ own patients in progress. Indirectly, they will share and receive information with their classmates’ clinical patients along with patients from their practices as well.
How many patients does each student treat?
Each student will typically treat from 2-3 patients from diagnosis and banding to retention (or as close to retention as possible given the treatment plan and level of patient compliance). Students will treat the same patients throughout the course. Students will also act as assistant to the student / colleague that they are paired with in the clinic. This means that each student will be directly involved in the treatment of 4-6 patients during the course.
Do I have to provide my own patients?
No, the Academy will provide students with their patients for the clinical portion of the course. However, if you live in close proximity to the course location and have patients in your practice that you would like to treat in the course, arrangements can be made with the course host.
What is the tuition for the course?
U.S. $14,990 (Includes 2 years of membership in the Academy ,a $590 value.)
Canada $17,490 (Includes 2 years of membership in the Academy, a $590 value.)
What are my financing options?
You can pay your tuition in full or we offer 12 month interest free financing through the Academy. Full payment OR a down payment is due the week prior to session 1. Remaining balance will be paid in 11 Installments, due on the 15th of each month following Session I.
Don’t see your question or have additional questions?
Please call the Academy at (800) 634-2027 if you have additional questions.