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Orthodontics for Dental Therapists, Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists

November 15, 2023 @ 8:00 am - November 16, 2023 @ 5:00 pm


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, hygienists and oral health therapists 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. For those who have not worked in orthodontic practice prior to undertaking this course, we recommend that you arrange to spend a day observing in a practice both before and after the course. This is valuable to support your learning, to give you a good understanding of a range of orthodontic procedures and how an Oral Health Therapist, Dental Hygienist or Dental Therapist fits into an orthodontic team. However, 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 you do not need to undertake these placements.

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

Demonstrate a basic ability to:

Provide patients with accurate information relating to the care and maintenance of teeth and fixed and/or removable appliances
Promote the oral health of patients undergoing orthodontic treatment
Identify and refer conditions requiring management by an orthodontist or other dental professional
Pre-reading material will be supplied including refresher material on occlusion and malocclusion and their classifications

Program Delivery

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.
Q&A Session for follow up questions and interaction with the presenters.
Hands-on Clinic sessions to be held at the Melbourne Dental Clinic, 1st Floor, 723 Swanston Street, Carlton Vic 3053 – 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.
IMPORTANT: Please note, the online content for this program, must be completed in full before attending the face-to-face hands-on sessions at the Melbourne Dental School on 15 – 16 November 2023 (8.30am – 5.00pm and 8.30am – 1.00pm)

Please note: Upon enrolment into this program, access to the Canvas Community for the online learning will be granted by the end of January 2023.

CPD Credit: 19 hours of Scientific CPD

Upon completion of this course, participating dental therapists, hygienists and oral health therapists 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.


November 15, 2023 @ 8:00 am
November 16, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
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The University of Melbourne
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The University of Melbourne
723 Swanston Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
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