Learn how to manage the special needs of ortho patients in the general practice

November 20, 2013
Steve Diogo
Issue 11

Orthodontic patients present unique challenges for the general dental practice. And according to Carolyn Friedman, founder of the orthodontic training company, OrthoAssist, these challenges are made more troublesome when dental hygienists, dental assistants and general dentists don’t understand the unique needs of orthodontic patients.

Orthodontic patients present unique challenges for the general dental practice. And according to Carolyn Friedman, founder of the orthodontic training company, OrthoAssist, these challenges are made more troublesome when dental hygienists, dental assistants and general dentists don’t understand the unique needs of orthodontic patients.

But dentists who emphasize great care for orthodontic patients can see improved patient relationships and new opportunities for practice growth, Friedman says.

To address this information gap, Friedman is presenting a special three-part on-demand webinar series called “Understanding Ortho Patients and Their Impact,” through Catapult University. 

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“Orthodontics has changed a great deal, and dental hygienists, dental assistants and even dentists are not informed on a lot of the technology that’s developed and changes that have taken place,” says Friedman, who has worked in every role in the same orthodontic practice for 30 years. “I started this program to explain what the new appliances do and why and how they’re used, because what we do makes the work of the general practice harder for a while.”

But if orthodontists and general practices coordinate their efforts, then the payoff will be seen in improved patient outcomes and patient-practice relationships, Friedman says.

“So many of the new appliances are different from what they used to be, and the process of orthodontics has changed a great deal over the years,” she said. “It’s crucial for the well being of the patient and the practice that these changes are understood.”

The three-part on-demand webinar series will focus on basic orthodontic problems and principles from the perspective of the dental practice, with the emphasis on the relationship between the orthodontists, dentists, and dental hygienists.

The series will provide the dental community with needed information to assist them when they are working with orthodontic patients. Each program will give an overview of orthodontic treatment as well as address patient information, care of appliances, and their application and purpose. Participants will see example videos, photos and clarification of orthodontic appliances.

The first part of the program, Orthodontics 101, is available now through Catapult University. Participants will be informed when parts 2 and 3 are online.

The second program in the series will cover more advanced appliances, their applications and their care. The program will present various dental issues where it is advantageous for dentists, hygienists, and dental specialists to work together for the patients benefit. Information will also be provided on some of the dental problems that are addressed with patients during their treatment along with an explanation of the function and limitations of functional and orthopedic appliances.

During the third program of the series, a more detailed explanation of the importance of orthodontists and specialists working together will be presented. Many patients have additional needs, not just strictly orthodontics, but a combination of orthodontics and oral surgery, periodontics, etc. Explanation will also be provided as to how the retention phase of treatment provides long-term stabilization and discussion of various retention options.

The fee for the first program is $29.99 and confers 1 continuing education credit. Participants must pass the CE Quiz in order to obtain the course verification letter.

For more information or to register, click here.