The 2019-20 AAO webinar season has had a successful start with participant evaluations including many comments such as: “Great lecture that covered a lot in just one hour.” (Dr. Luis D. Gutierrez-Pulido, AAO member).

In addition, as part of Dr. Chris Teeters’ recent webinar, “20 Orthodontic Pearls to Better Your Clinic, Business and Life,” the AAO launched a new feature that allows participants to take online notes during webinars. Simply record your personal and confidential notes during the lecture and they will automatically be emailed directly to your in-box.

“Commenters who contacted me afterwards via a social media forum liked the note-taking option and enjoyed the positive environment of the webinar group,” says Dr. Teeters, founder of the Orthodontic Pearls Facebook group. “In terms of presented content, many of us know some great ideas for bettering orthodontic practices, but we often tend to lack implementation. The webinar participants appreciated that the 20 ‘pearls’ presented were immediately actionable in their practices.”

Upcoming webinars will address long-term strategies for specific clinical and practice management challenges. Click on each title below to learn more and register:

Esthetic and Functional Goals during Orthodontic Finishing,” by Dr. Vishnu Raj (February 18, 2020, 7:30 pm central; $50).
This lecture will delineate optimal and evidence-based goals during orthodontic finishing. Dr. Raj will address the importance of facial balance, incisor position and inclination, transverse coordination, anterior and posterior occlusal relationships, as well as how to attain these objectives. A description of biomechanical strategies and troubleshooting will be provided with specific case examples.

Dr. Raj received his dental education at Bangalore University and completed the orthodontic residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. In addition to private practice, he serves as a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

Contemporary Use of Fixed Functional Appliances for Treatment of Class II Malocclusions,” by Dr. Peter Ngan (April 1, 2020, 7:30 pm central; $50).
This presentation will address the indications and timing for orthopedic treatment of Class II malocclusions. The age factor, growth pattern, and the severity of the malocclusion affect the treatment outcome when using a fixed functional appliance. Long-term treatment records will be shown to illustrate stability after orthopedic treatment.

Dr. Ngan is the Branson-Maddrell Endowed Professor and Chair in the Department of Orthodontics, West Virginia University School of Dentistry. He holds certificates in orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and hospital dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He has published more than140 original research and clinical papers in refereed journals and 170 abstracts, including contributions in several monographs and textbooks, and has lectured in numerous countries.

5 Ways Practices are Winning in Today’s Market,” by Mary Beth Kirkpatrick
(April 9, 2020, 7:30 pm Central; FREE to members).
This free Business of Orthodontics webinar will walk participants through a strategy for understanding community reach, discovering your target audience, designing a path for achievement and measuring performance. Actionable steps for perfecting your new patient journey will be discussed, along with the role of the new patient coordinator and steps for building a collaborative team razor-focused on turning exams to starts and maintaining a robust observation program.

Mary Beth Kirkpatrick, managing partner of Impact360 Consulting has shared her operations management and process implementation expertise with orthodontists and orthodontic teams over the past 30 years. She is the founder and president of Gaidge, a cloud-based business analytics dashboard for orthodontists.

Stannous Fluoride, Acid Reduction, and Caries Control during Orthodontic Treatment,” by Dr. Samuel St. John (February 25, 2020, 11 am Central and repeated February 27, 2 pm Central; $40).
This presentation will address the caries experience during orthodontic treatment due to adherence of cariogenic plaque on tooth surfaces around the bands. During this time, the use of toothpastes that can inhibit the acid production are a way to reduce the caries experience and provide added protection to the tooth surface. This course will explore the added protection of tooth surfaces from acid damage when using stannous fluoride in comparison to other fluoride sources.

Dr. St. John is a chemist with Proctor & Gamble Oral Care. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. His interests include invention and development of oral care ingredients for prevention and treatment of dental caries, erosion, and tartar formation, and products for treatment of gingivitis and plaque. He has co-authored 21 peer-reviewed publications, applied for over 10 patents, and given more than 30 conference presentations.

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