Available Courses

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About the
AOS Courses

Whether you’re a current dental student or are seeking to add orthodontics to your practice, the American Orthodontic Society is proud to offer a range of in-person and online courses to expand your technical and clinical knowledge, increase and refine your skill set, and empower you to reach your professional aims.

Basic Straight Wire Course

The Basic Straight Wire Course will dramatically transform how you’re able to treat both current and prospective patients. Through a proven system for orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning, this five-session series will prepare you to competently treat 70% to 80% of the orthodontic cases you encounter in your general or pediatric practice. This course is available twice a year, in the spring and fall in Dallas, TX.

Continuing Education Credits

100 CE credit hours (20 per session)

100 additional CE credit hours of monitoring during the following year*

*At no additional cost for AOS members

Intermediate Straight Wire Course

Designed for the orthodontic practitioner who has completed the Basic Course or has a working knowledge of straight wire orthodontics, the Intermediate Straight Wire Course is a four-session series that will increase your orthodontic skills and education. While the Basic Straight Wire Course equips students to treat 70% to 80% of patients, the Intermediate Course will equip you to treat the remaining cases right from your general or pediatric practice.

Continuing Education Credits

60 CE credit hours (20 per session)

60 additional CE credit hours of monitoring during the following year*

*At no additional cost for AOS members

Adjunctive Orthodontic Procedures

Designed for the orthodontic practitioner who has completed the Basic and Intermediate Courses or who has a working knowledge of straight wire orthodontics, the Adjunctive Orthodontic Procedures course provides information on enhancing orthodontics with TADS, laser, electrosurgery, scanning, and 3D printing. You will visit Dr. Williams’ local clinic and get hands-on experience through practical clinical applications that compliment GP orthodontics and increase revenue. Information will be presented through lecture, actual case reports, and hands-on exercises.

Continuing Education Credits

A total of 20 continuing education hours of credit may be earned.

Orthodontic Assistant Training Course

The Orthodontic Assistant Training Course is ideal for the dental practice that encourages cross-training and utilization of the staff to its maximum potential. This course was designed for dental assistants by an orthodontic assistant, Susan Coffey, RDA. These courses are intended for dental auxiliaries and hygienists who have little or no training in orthodontics and want to begin to advance their orthodontic assistant skills. The assistant course covers the Williams' material and technique. This provides your entire team with the opportunity to be trained in the same method.

Continuing Education Credits

A total of 20 CE hours may be obtained if attending all 2 1/2 days in their entirety.

Comprehensive Early Treatment Mechanics for the Growing Child

This course is taught by Dr. Edward Gonzalez, a pediatric dentist based in the Tampa, Florida area. Dr. Gonzalez has practiced all phases of orthodontics for over thirty years and consistently has treated 300 orthodontic patients per year. He is a past president of the AOS and currently the Executive Director of the Academy of Diplomates (the credentialing arm of the Society) and a AOS senior instructor. He has lectured for over 25 years bringing his unique style of Early Treatment to thousands of doctors. Dr. Gonzalez is the “go to” expert on facial growth and development for SOS. He was honored to receive from the AOS “The Moore Lifetime Achievement Award”. He has treated over 4,000 Phase I patients and understands the tremendous impact that orthodontics can have on any pediatric or general practice. Armed with the knowledge from this course, you could substantially increase the annual revenue in your practice by adding only five new orthodontic “starts” a month. Dr. Ed Gonzalez has no financial relationships relevant to this presentation to disclose.

Continuing Education Credits

A total of 42 orthodontic CE hours will be granted for this course.

Functional and Airway Focused Pediatric Orthodontic Care

This course is targeted toward pediatric and family dentists and hygienists and will explore the rationale and practice of orthodontic and myofunctional intervention from infancy to the teen years. The goal of functional and airway focused orthodontic diagnosis and treatment is to not only provide a child with a beautiful smile and proper dental occlusion, but also to help develop a stable and healthy skeletal support system for the dentition and for the airway, in addition to providing a proper dental occlusion.

Digital Aligner Bootcamp

Providing orthodontics is about more than just giving our patients great smiles. Orthodontic treatment can oftentimes be used alone, or in tandem with other treatment modalities as part of a larger treatment plan. Orthodontics can serve our patients as an alternative to surgical or more invasive procedures. Ortho can also assist us in improving tooth position that will in turn give us better restorative outcomes. Unfortunately most dentists do not receive applicable orthodontic training in dental school. This course aims to remedy that.

Continuing Education Credits

A total of 12 orthodontic CE hours will be granted for this course.

Half of what you know about Orthodontics is wrong

Discover which half with this course. Hands-on experience with Indirect-Direct Bonding, Assuring CI II Correction, Fabrication of Wires that Facilitate Orthodontic Therapy, Posterior X-bite Correction with Biomechanics while learning the value of analog in a digital world, the problem with minimum touch orthodontics and the common sense solution for canine impactions.

Continuing Education Credits

A total of 14 orthodontic CE hours will be granted for this course.

Online Courses

Exploring & Solving Challenges in Orthodontics

After taking this course the participants should be able to have a better understanding of diagnosis, treatment planning, and orthodontic strategies to be able to manage multiple levels of orthodontic treatment challenges.

Continuing Education Credits

14 CE credit hours

McFarlane Orthodontic Webinars

There is no better time in history to incorporate orthodontics into your general practice. In particular, there will be a large cohort of patients returning after a trial with “Direct to Consumer” orthodontics that will have terrible outcomes, and require some high-quality rehabilitation (orthodontic and restorative.) This course series will position the general dentist to confidently help these patients, and get them back to oral health and harmony. These - along with some well-selected routine braces and clear aligner cases - will keep us all very busy for years to come.

Continuing Education Credits

Up to 10 CE credit hours

Highlights of Early and Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment in Children

FREE WEBINAR showing a panoramic view of what early-2-phase comprehensive orthodontic treatment is all about and also includes orthopedic, orthodontic, and habit-controlling treatments during the primary and early mixed dentitions.

Orthodontic Records for Aligner Cases

FREE 45-MIN WEBINAR to motivate the student to look at themselves as an orthodontic provider, and to have the resources available through the AOS to get the training desired.

Continuing Education Credits

Up to 1 CE credit hour