100 CE Credit hours
(20 per session)
100 Additional CE credit hours of monitoring during the following year*
*At no additional cost for AOS members
Basic Straight Wire Course
For General and Pediatric Dentists
Whether you’re a general or pediatric dentist, the Basic Straight Wire Course provides the foundational education you need to competently integrate straight wire orthodontics into your practice and treat 70% to 80% of current or prospective orthodontic cases.
In each dynamic three-day session, Dr. Bradford R. Williams, D.D.S., will facilitate two days of hands-on clinical lectures and a half-day of case reviews for your current or prospective orthodontic cases. By the end of this five-session series, you’ll know:
How to diagnose and treat Class-I and Class-II malocclusions
How to band and bracket teeth
Diagnostic records that align with orthodontic standards of care
The straight wire orthodontic appliance system
Basic cephalometric analysis, diagnosis, and treatment planning
How to practically incorporate orthodontics into your practice
Continuing Education Credits
*At no additional cost for AOS members
What is Straight Wire Orthodontics?
Straight wire orthodontics utilizes straight wire appliances to strategically move teeth into their desired location using straight wire brackets and a series of pre-shaped archwires. Once flexed to fit into the bracket slots, the archwire will gradually return to its original shape and reposition bracketed teeth. Archwires are progressively changed until the desired occlusion is achieved. Along with providing consistent results, straight wire orthodontics requires little to no archwire bending and a shorter overall chair and treatment time for your patients.
Basic Straight Wire Course
1st Session: May 14-16, 2021
$5,480.00 $4980 Per Doctor
early bird pricing through Apr 14, 2021
Course Assistant Professors
Bradford R. Williams, D.D.S.
Dr. Brad Williams is a 1982 Oklahoma University College of Dentistry graduate. He has practiced general dentistry for 35+ years and has been practicing GP orthodontics for 30+ years. He first joined the AOS in 1983. In 2004, he began to modify his technique from Tip Edge to Straight Wire.
He incorporated treatment techniques using the Straight Wire System, lecturing and teaching with the late Dr. David Jackson for five years. He is a Diplomate and past board member of the AOS. Dr. Williams practices in Skiatook, Oklahoma, where his family has resided for over 70 years.
For more information about
Dr. Bradford R. Williams,
Go to his website at
Neither Dr. Williams nor members of his immediate family have any financial relationships relevant to this presentation to disclose.
Susan Coffey, RDA
Susan is a Registered Dental Assistant that specializes in Orthodontics. She began her orthodontic career in a real orthodontic office, then moving into a GP office, Susan began to understand the difference between the two philosophies. Still active in assisting doctors in multiple offices, she continues to learn and find creative new ways to enhance orthodontics for the patients.
Not only a chair-side assistant in the Dallas area, Susan is blessed to be able to share her love and knowledge of orthodontics in continue education courses with Dr. Brad Williams. She understands the importance of having empowered assistants and as a detail-oriented person, Susan will motivate her students to return to their offices and be able to support their doctors in making orthodontics successful.
Susan would have never started her teaching career many years ago without the encouragement and support from Dr. David Jackson and was honored to learn from such a gifted teacher, supportive boss and amazing person.
Covid Safety Protocols in Orlando
Your health is vital to your practice. As such, we are following recommendations from the CDC to reduce your risk of exposure while in attendance to the course. We ask each attendee to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Learning spaces have been set up to allow for social distancing as well.
You can find the latest information about Orange County’s precautions by visiting Orlando’s website. Currently, the county requires face masks in public spaces, social distancing, good hygiene, and staying home when you’re sick.
Taxis, rental cars, ride-share services, buses, and commuter rail services are all available in Orlando. The airport shuttle to and from the Renaissance Hotel Orlando Airport is operating on a normal schedule. Enjoy open air dining while you’re in town as well. A few dining options around the Renaissance include:
Casual dining and quick bites
- Bonchon Orlando (dine-in, curbside, delivery)
- Meson Sandwiches (drive-through, take out only)
- Starbucks (drive-through, take-out only)
- Sonny’s BBQ (dine-in, curbside, delivery)
Restaurant and bar
- Rock & Brews (dine-in, curbside, delivery)
- Bar Louie (dine-in, curbside, delivery)
- Marlow’s Tavern (dine-in, curbside, delivery)
- Mito’s Sushi and Grill (dine-in, take-out)
If you would rather avoid the risk of traveling entirely, sign up for the Basic Orthodontics Course Virtual Track. Learn more below.
INTRODUCTION TO STRAIGHT WIRE ORTHODONTICS
- The Financial and Practical Benefits of Incorporating Orthodontics into your Practice
- An Overview of this Course in Basic Orthodontics
- Examples of Cases You will be Treating after this Course
- Cephalometrics – Landmarks, Definitions and Diagnosis
- The Intro Cephalometric Analysis
- Understanding the Straight Wire Orthodontic Appliance System
- Understanding the Tip and Torque in the Straight Wire Bracket
- Necessary Records for Orthodontic Standard of Care
- How to Band and Bracket Teeth
- Diagnosing and Treatment Planning Your Cases
- Placing Separators
- Bracketing Anatomical Teeth – Learning the Effect of Bracket Positioning on the Teeth
- Banding & Bracketing the Clear Typodont – Learning Correct Bracketing Positions
Do you want to attend the AOS Basic Orthodontics Course but are concerned about social distancing?
Get a high quality virtual experience from the comfort of your home or office!
Introducing the Basic Orthodontics Course Virtual Track!
The virtual experience will be a high quality experience with a multi camera live stream and a digital feed of the on-screen slides and materials.
You’ll see close up shots of the class exercises and you’ll feel the energy of the live class environment. Your questions will be answered in a chat format, but the instructor will also choose questions to address live.
- Stream of On-Screen Content
- Wireless Roaming Camera for Close-up of Exercises
- Full Course Materials
- Live Q&A Video Call with Instructor
A total of 200 continuing education hours of credit may be earned (20 per session). Course includes 10 sessions (5 in year 1 and 5 as a class monitor in year 2). AOS membership is required to attend.
A list of instruments required for completing the hands-on exercises will be provided upon registration confirmation. These are instruments which you will use in your practice.
The study material for this course was peer-reviewed in April 2018 to ensure that all clinical and technical information included the scientific basis for the program content and an assessment of the benefits and risks associated with that content in order to promote public safety.
$5480 $4980 per Doctor
If paid in full by April 14, 2021, OR register with a 50% deposit. Balance will be due prior to start of first session. Refund policy is 50% of course fee two weeks prior to course date. AOS membership of $375 is required at time of registration and is non-refundable.
Founded in 1975, the American Orthodontic Society is America’s largest orthodontic educational association for general and pediatric dentists.
AOS COURSE CONTACT
Barbara A. Zuniga, CAP, OM
REGISTER BY PHONE
CALL 972-234-4000 between the hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday CST and use your credit card to register. Phone registration will assure your place in the course.