The Early Ortho Intervention Pathway is a 2 part course which will cover early intervention therapy in the primary and early mixed dentition, through the late mixed dentition. 

Part I of this course will cover phase I therapy for expansion including types of expanders, the research on their use and proper protocols, and introduce a hands-on component for band fitting and appliance insertion. Expanders covered will include Hyrax, bonded, Hass, and removable. We will also cover use and protocols of anterior crossbite correction with reverse-pull headgear. The second day of the course will cover functional appliances and class II correctors in the late mixed dentition. Some examples of covered appliances include Twin block, Mara, and Herbst. Some examples of class II correctors reviewed will include class II elastics, Forsus, and Carriere to name a few. We will review the research on functional appliances and class II correction, expectations for dental versus skeletal change, and when it is appropriate to implement each. On the final day we will review clear aligner mechanics for early intervention and allow time for course review/final questions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain confidence in understanding what phase I interventions are available and when each is indicated and appropriate for initial therapy.
  • Understand what functional appliances and class II correctors can and should be implemented including protocols for their use.
  • From the hands-on component, feel comfortable returning to your office and ordering and placing expanders.
  • Learn when clear aligner is an appropriate tool for early intervention and mechanics to make your treatment more efficient and effective.

Part II of this course will be focusing on reviewing appropriate records taking where you’ll gain invaluable insights into the key factors that will influence your diagnosis and learn why each record is essential, including how to leverage each component to elevate your treatment planning.

Then, from the same records, knowing when it’s appropriate to: 

  • bond centrals and laterals/have a 2x4 appliance after expansion
  • use class II correctors
  • class III correctors
  • headgear details

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain confidence in applying the knowledge learned in this pathway in treatment planning real life early ortho intervention cases -  whether it is for a patient who has straight-forward orthodontic needs or whether it is for a patient who has a complex airway, sleep, and craniofacial risk factors. 
  • Gain hands on skills in Class II and III mechanics including RPFM and  Carriere Motion appliance in combination with clear aligners or braces. 
  • Learn how to place brackets, wires and bands on a model, as well as placing a 2x4 bracket configuration and when to apply this in early orthodontic intervention.

New format in 2024.

There is a lecture option or a protocol option.

Lecture option:

Attend the lecture portions only. By attending the lectures only, participants will have the opportunity to learn from 5 days of lecture, earning a total of 42 lecture hours and 10 participation hours.

Protocol option:

Participants who choose to attend the full curriculum will have the opportunity to learn from 5 days of lecture, have a guided patient care portion, and be able to do a 10 minute case presentation over Zoom after part 2, earning a total of 82 participation hours.

What sets this ASAP Course apart from other courses:

  • Community of Like-Minded Dentists: You will be  in a supportive and collegial community of fellow dentists who share your passion for excellence in helping patients with airway issues.
  • Good Learning Environment: Our collaborative atmosphere fosters a positive and conducive learning environment.
  • Continuous Support: Receive ongoing support and expertise from a community that believes in evolving protocols for the betterment of patient care.

Case Presentations: Participants can showcase their expertise with 15-minute case presentations over Zoom. Topics include patient info, diagnosis, comorbidities, decision-making, planning, execution, challenges, and resolutions.

Part 1: April 11-13, 2024 Recording


ASAP Pathway members will receive 30 days recording access.

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Part 2: Oct. 24-26, 2024 (Reston, Virginia)


ASAP Members Only

Price will increase on July 1st

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Part 2: Oct. 24-26, 2024 (Reston, Virginia)


Non-ASAP Members

Price will increase on July 1st

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Course withdrawal with written notice 60 days or more before the first day of the course: FULL REFUND MINUS (-$500)

Course withdrawal written notice 30-59 days: 50% of the course registration could be transferred to a future live course designated by the attendee.

Course withdrawal 29 days or less: Unfortunately, due to expenses incurred when planning for the course, no credits could be given for course withdrawal within 30 days of the first day of the course.

Live-stream Disclaimer
There may be circumstances where, due to technical or operational difficulties, a live stream may be interrupted or unavailable. While we make every effort to ensure all required systems function properly, we are not responsible for individual live streams or the temporary unavailability of the course due to technical difficulties. Technical issues may include but are not limited to, reliability of internet and other network connections, hardware malfunctions, platform unavailability, or power outages. 
Please note that only ASAP members receive recording access after the course.