Orthodontics for Oral Health Therapists and Hygienists

202110nov(nov 10)9:00 am11(nov 11)1:00 pmOrthodontics for Oral Health Therapists and Hygienists9:00 am - 1:00 pm (11)(GMT+11:00) View in my time Event Organized ByMelbourne Dental SchoolDisciplineOrthodonticsFormatHands-on,In-Person

Event Details

This course comprises a combination of online lectures and practical work incorporating supported clinical experience and small group work. The course aims to develop basic orthodontic skills in dental therapists and hygienists that will meet the needs of orthodontic practice and the standards required by the Dental Board of Australia. The course objectives are to provide a course of education and training that will enable dental therapists and hygienists to assist an orthodontist in the provision of treatment and preventive services.

It also includes placement in private orthodontic practices which utilise a dental hygienist or therapist prior to commencement and on completion of treatment. These two private practice days are to be organised by the participants at times agreeable to both the attending practice and the therapist/hygienist. They are for participants who have no prior experience in orthodontics. Their purpose is to enable an understanding of the role and scope of practice for OHTs in orthodontic practices. If you are currently employed in an orthodontic practice and have past and current experience with day-to-day orthodontic activities that are part of the scope of practice for an oral health therapist, you may not need to undertake these placements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participating dental therapists and hygienists should be able to:

  • discuss the role of the Dental Hygienist or Therapist in an orthodontic practice and the Codes of Practice governing their work
  • identify centric occlusions, centric relations and malocclusions, and describe the causes of malocclusion
  • discuss the rationale for orthodontic treatment
  • explain the indications and contraindications for orthodontic treatment
  • describe the stages involved in fixed and removable orthodontic therapy
  • identify and name instruments and equipment used in orthodontics

Demonstrate a basic ability to:

  • identify the information required by patients undergoing orthodontic treatment
  • appropriately use orthodontic instruments and equipment
  • take impressions for orthodontic purposes
  • take clinical photographs and other records for orthodontic purposes
  • place and remove separators
  • remove brackets and other appliances and related accessory materials used in orthodontic treatment/therapy
  • place and fix arch wires
  • select and prepare bands for cementation
  • re-cement loose bands and brackets
  • remove orthodontic cement and materials after band and bracket removal

Program Delivery – Online Blended Learning and Hands-on Pre-clinical session

  • Online web lectures via Learning Management System, Canvas.
  • A short MCQ (multiple choice questions) to cement your knowledge on the lecture topics. An additional

one hour of Scientific CPD is awarded.

  • Online Live Q&A Session for follow up questions and interaction with the presenters.
  • Hands-on Clinic session – demonstrations and hands-on exercises on Impression taking, Separator
  • Placement, Photography, Typodonts: Arch wire fixation and removal, Re-bonding of brackets (2 teeth) Complete Impressions, Placement and removal of bonded retainer, Removal of separators, De-bonding brackets and cement removal, Fitting of orthodontic bands.


Speakers for this event

  • Dr Braydon Patterson

    Dr Braydon Patterson

    Specialist orthodontist

    Dr Braydon Patterson is a specialist orthodontist working in private practice in Melbourne. He completed his dental degree at the University of Melbourne in 2007 and worked as a dentist for five years before completing his orthodontic degree at the University of Sydney. In addition to being a member of the Australia Dental Association and the Australian Society of Orthodontists, Braydon also has certification with the Australian Orthodontic Board.

    URL https://smilecouncil.com.au/meet-our-specialist-orthodontists/

    Specialist orthodontist

  • Dr Hong Jin Chan

    Dr Hong Jin Chan

    Specialist orthodontist

    Dr Hong Jin Chan completed his BDSc (Hons) in 2000 and Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics in 2006 from the University of Melbourne. He has been in private practice in Melbourne since then, working with oral health auxiliaries and other fellow orthodontists. He has a keen interest is continuing education in orthodontics and sharing about the joy of a smile!

    URL https://smilecouncil.com.au/meet-our-specialist-orthodontists/

    Specialist orthodontist

  • Dr Samar Amari

    Dr Samar Amari

    Specialist Orthodontist

    Dr Samar Amari graduated with BDSc (1986) and MDSc (1990) from The University of Melbourne. She has been in private orthodontic practice for more than 20 years, working for most of this time with dental therapists and hygienists. Since 1996 Samar has been involved in the Graduate Orthodontic programme (University of Melbourne) as a Senior Clinical Fellow and has given several lectures for the ADA. She has had a keen involvement in the utilistation and orthodontic training of oral health therapists since the 1990s, formalising continuing education and training in orthodontics for hygienists/therapists with The University of Melbourne. She is also involved in the orthodontic aspects of teaching in the Bachelor of Oral Health degree (University of Melbourne).

    URL https://smilecouncil.com.au/meet-our-specialist-orthodontists/

    Specialist Orthodontist

  • Professor Julie Satur

    Professor Julie Satur

    PhD, M.HSci(HProm), GDip H Ed, Dip App Sci (D Therapy)

    Associate Professor Julie Satur graduated as a Dental Therapist, (1977) and spent 18 years working for the Victorian School Dental Service as a field dental therapist, in management, and the Dental Health Education Unit. She completed a Masters in H.Sci. in 1996 and a PhD in 2003. Currently she is Head of Oral Health Therapy at the Melbourne Dental School, and Coordinator of the 3rd year Bachelor of Oral Health and BOH Hons and research in oral health. Julie has been an active advocate for public oral health at state and national levels and also spends one day a week working in private orthodontic practice.

    PhD, M.HSci(HProm), GDip H Ed, Dip App Sci (D Therapy)


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10 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 11 (Thursday) 1:00 pm(GMT+11:00) View in my time

CPD Hours

CPD Credit: 19 hours of Scientific CPD



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