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OrthoCommon™ Knowledge – Course Outline

OrthoCommon™ Knowledge – Course Outline

OrthoCommon ™ Knowledge is a condensed version of the Academy of Orthodontic Assisting Level 1 program and covers the following topics:

1. What is Orthodontics?
– Introduction to orthodontics
– Dentistry and dental specialties
– Types of treatment
– Stages of treatment
– Introduction to orthodontic instruments
– How teeth move

2. Oral and Dental Anatomy
– Jaw anatomy
– Oral soft tissues
– Tooth anatomy
– Tooth types
– Tooth numbering systems
– Tooth surfaces and directions
– Introduction to malocclusions

3. Orthodontic Parts and Appliances
– The orthodontic appliance
– Intra-oral auxiliaries
– Non-traditional appliances
– Archwires
– Headgear and elastics

4. Secondary Appliances
– Fixed vs. removable
– Active vs. passive
– Examples of common appliances

5. The Orthodontic Process
– Separators
– Orthodontic bands
– Bonding of orthodontic appliances
– Removal and retention
– Patient management
– Parent communication

6. Impressions, Diagnostic Records, and Models
– Alginate impressions
– Bite registration
– Orthodontic x-rays and techniques
– Photographic techniques
– Digital records
– Types of models
– Creating models
– Alternatives to models