Basic Straightwire for Assistants

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2017 Basic Assistant Course - March 3 - 5, 2017

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 Basic Assistant Course

The basic course is specifically designed to teach the fundamentals of orthodontics to chair-side auxiliaries. No experience is necessary to succeed in this course and there are no orthodontic prerequisites. This is a two-day course featuring lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises. Kay Gerety will provide your staff with a clear understanding of orthodontics beginning with patient records, to include a clinical photography session for the auxiliaries to learn to produce quality images for orthodontic documentation.

After presenting proper record taking and administrative procedures to include financial agreements and insurance procedures, Kay will teach the participants the importance of bracket placement when using the straight wire appliance through a clinical project placing direct bond brackets on anatomical teeth. The Saturday session will be all clinical projects with the participants learning the archwire system and all applicable components and forces encountered through the .018 SS archwire.

Due to the increased usage of third party ceph tracing services and digital tracing software, the clinical portion of ceph tracing has been removed from the basic program. An optional Sunday morning session for ceph tracing is available for $199 and all materials, including tracing lights and kits, will be furnished for this program.

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

Basic Assistant Course Outline

  • Patient records, standard of care, radiographs, impressions and models, photography, clinical exam and evaluation
  • Insurance procedures, patient management forms, informed consent, financial options
  • Orthodontic Photography – Hands-On
  • Principles and mechanics of the straight-wire bracket
  • Understanding proper bracket placement and the principles of movement
  • Direct bond bracketing of anatomical teeth – Hands-On
  • Placement of separators, sizing and cementing molar bands, bracket placement aids, cements and materials, patient management, and post operative procedures
  • Archwire ligation, rotation wedges, and open coil spring – Hands-On
  • Scheduling and practice management, ordering orthodontic supplies, operatory armamentarium, and set-up


There are no prerequisites for the entry-level basic assistant course.

Important Information

Dates: March 3 - 5, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Teaching Methods: Lecture and Hands-on
Prerequisite: None

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: Basic Assistant Course
CE Credits: 13 credit hours for a 2-day course
Course Code: ASST6A15
Cost: $495 (includes course manual and hands-on materials)