Real World Orthodontics

Real World Orthodontics
This lecture is designed for Dentists.

Course Overview

This lecture is tailored towards paediatric and general dentists looking to provide comprehensive patient care. It is designed to provide participants with insight into the appropriate orthodontic management of patients. Through the review of various case studies and evidence-driven information, participants will leave with the understanding of the dos and don’ts of general orthodontic work. 
Orthodontics is one of the most fascinating and frustrating disciplines of dentistry. Despite improvements in modern technology, comprehensive diagnosis, informed consent, and evidence-based treatments are still of paramount importance.

The timing of orthodontic intervention for growing patients has long been a topic of considerable debate. Careful and focused interceptive treatment for localised problems can be of great benefit. However, wholesale prescription of early treatment to either prevent or treat malocclusion is questionable.

Astute marketing by supply companies and practitioners have certainly whetted the appetite for short-term orthodontic alignment with braces or clear plastic aligners. Digital treatment planning and outcome predictions may appear impressive; however, difficulties arise when the progress of treatment or the results do not match the predictions.

This course will explore how increasing patient expectations require increasing clinical competency and awareness to prevent the pitfalls in practice.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify simple and complex orthodontic cases
  • Appreciate the appropriate use and limitations of various orthodontic procedures including short-term orthodontic treatment options 
  • Diagnose and formulate various treatment options
  • Analyse patient cases to identify the correct timing for the correction of different malocclusions and developing anomalies in growing patients 
  • Communicate effectively with a patient to appropriately manage expectations 
  • Identify which cases require specialist referral
  • Recall clinical cases discussed to apply troubleshooting techniques when managing the unexpected

Presenter biography

Dr Desmond Ong
BDSc (Hons), MDSc (Ortho), MOrthRCS (Ed), MRACDS (Ortho)

Desmond Ong is currently a Clinical Academic in the Discipline of Orthodontics at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry, where he is involved in both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Orthodontic Programs.

Desmond is also in full-time specialist orthodontic private practice in Townsville.

Desmond is a past recipient of the Raj Prasad Award from the Australian Society of Orthodontists and the Young Lecturer Award from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Dr Tony Weir

Tony Weir is an orthodontist in private practice. He has been using aligners in his practice for 18 years, treating more than 1000 clear aligner cases.

Tony has been actively researching aligners via university appointments for the past 4 years. His primary area of interest is research into the efficacy of aligners. To assist research in this area, he has complied a large database of cases from Australia, New Zealand and United States. He is also the founder, collector and gatekeeper to the Australasian Aligner Research Database (AARD) which currently holds 10,000 Invisalign cases from experienced orthodontist.

Tony has lectured extensively to dental and orthodontic societies, and at universities in Queensland, interstate and overseas.

Event Pricing

ADA Member Dentist - $575
ADA Member 1st and 2nd Year Graduate - $495
Non-Member Dentist - $680


CPD Points

6 Scientific hours

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7/21/2021 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
ADAQ Function Centre 22 Hamilton Place Bowen Hills, QLD 4006 AUSTRALIA

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