Orthodontic training for dentists
Many dentists do not realise that they can offer Smilefast to their patients even if they do not have full postgraduate training in orthodontics.
At Smilefast, we pride ourselves not only on supplying a quality product that can noticeably improve a patient’s smile, but in providing dentists with comprehensive orthodontic training using sound orthodontic principles.
Orthodontic training with OrthoED
Available in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, this training is designed for treating the 70 per cent of adult tooth alignment cases that are very simple.
Prior to attending training in person, we invite dentists to access eight to nine hours of pre-course orthodontic videos. Available online, these video tutorials will bring you up to a basic level of understanding. They will familiarise you with the terminology and procedures you will encounter during in-person training.
After viewing the preliminary videos, dentists then attend Smilefast’s two day, face-to-face training course. This includes a thorough hands-on component and covers everything you need to know to perform simple orthodontic procedures.
All training is delivered by a specialist orthodontist who relies on sound and up-to-date treatment principles. Students come away feeling confident they can provide basic orthodontic treatment using Smilefast.
When to call in the specialist
Of course, two days’ training is not going to equip you to treat every case you encounter. Many years of specialist training is required to treat the trickiest orthodontic cases. However, those tricky cases only make up approximately 30 per cent of all those you’ll see. The majority, around 70 per cent, only require straightforward adjustments and mechanics
That reflects my philosophy on this matter, which is that specialist orthodontists should be treating the more difficult orthodontic cases, and obviously charging accordingly. General practitioners should be treating the simple cases, and we specialist orthodontists can train them to do those simple cases.
It’s exactly the same situation as you have with an endodontist or a periodontist: a GP should be able to do the simple work and refer the more difficult work to the specialists; that’s what we as specialists are supposedly trained for.
Ongoing guidance from the Orthoed/Smilefast team
Once you have completed Smilefast’s two-day training course, you are offered individual support on a case-by-case basis. By logging into our secure portal, you can share each case you encounter, allowing you to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the Orthoed / Smilefast team.
Once case notes and X-rays are loaded into the portal, they will be assessed by our professional team. Dentists receive a report within 72 hours that advises whether or not to proceed and also gives advice on what to watch out for.
Unless we feel that a dentist who has completed our training can work comfortably, predictably and efficiently proceed with the case, we do not allow it to proceed.
Further orthodontic education
Smilefast also offers an advanced training course. This gives dentists an understanding of the next level of orthodontics and begins to prepare them for the 25-30 per cent of patients who do require more complicated treatment.