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2017 Advanced Assistant Course -May 5 - 7

Orthodontic Training for Dental Auxiliaries

Straight-Wire Mechanics

kay gerety The success of a dental practice, and the successful incorporation of orthodontics into a practice, can hinge on the education and training of its staff. These hands-on courses are designed to meet the needs of doctors and assistants who are currently utilizing straight-wire mechanics and would like to expand the duties that may be delegated to, and performed by, the assistant. You can’t afford to miss out on the opportunity to train your staff to accept these responsibilities and to encourage their professional growth.

About the Advanced Assistant Course

Although it is not mandatory to have participated in Kay Gerety’s basic assistant course, this advanced course is specifically structured to enhance and develop the principles and techniques taught in the basic course. Additionally, it will provide an excellent follow-up for assistants who have previously participated in the basic assistant course, or who have extensive experience in orthodontic assisting. It is recommended that participants be familiar with Cephalometric values, ligation methods, and general monthly orthodontic maintenance appointments. Each assistant needs to be comfortable with basic orthodontic procedures.

The course cost is $495 and includes a course manual, as well as the materials necessary to complete the hands-on projects. A complete list of instruments required for project participation will be provided at registration.

Advanced Assistant Course Outline

  • Understanding cephalometric skeletal and dental classifications and discrepancies
  • Treatment options
  • The straight-wire philosophy and how it pertains to bracket placement, tip and torque, level, align, rotate, and forces
  • Archwire sequence and auxiliary forces
  • Participation exercises include:
    • .016 Archwire
      • Wax bite registration and archwire coordination
      • Accentuating curve
      • Reverse curve
      • Omega cinch backs
    • .018 Archwire
      • Open coil spring and power chain
    • .020 and .016 x .022 Archwires
      • Correction of single tooth crossbite
      • Step in and out bends
      • Ligation methods for activation
    • Multi-Distalizing Arch™ Appliance
      • Adaptation to wax bite, placement, and activation
    • .016 x .022 Archwire
      • Cuspid retraction
    • .016 x .022 Archwire and .019 x .025 Braided Archwire
      • Individual root torque
    • .018 x .025 Archwire
      • Pletcher springs to posted wire (de-torquing rectangular archwire)
    • Bonded lower lingual retainer


    Participants should be familiar with basic orthodontic records, bracket and band placement, ligation methods, and basic wire-changing techniques.

Important Information

Dates: May 5 - 7, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Teaching Methods: Lecture and Hands-on
Prerequisite: Assistant needs to be comfortable with basic orthodontic procedures

Hotel Info:
Crowne Plaza - Tulsa Southern Hills*
7902 S. Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74136
(918) 492-5000

*When you call for hotel reservations, tell them you are with Gerety Orthodontic Seminars. To guarantee your discounted rate, please make your reservation at least 30 days in advance.

Register online at by clicking here or call (918) 606-2809

Course: Advanced Assistant Course
CE Credits: 13 credit hours for a 2-day course
Course Code: ASST6B15
Cost: $495 (includes course manual and hands-on materials)