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Current Orthodontic Theory and Treatment

Feb. 24, 2014
The history of orthodontics began in ancient times, leading us to assume that humankind has always seen value in an attractive smile.

A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Cathy Seckman, RDH


The history of orthodontics began in ancient times, leading us to assume that humankind has always seen value in an attractive smile. Orthodontics was first recognized as a specialty in the 19th century. In modern dentistry, with evidence-based practice gaining ground, treatment options address malocclusions as well as problems in the transverse and vertical dimensions. Present-day practice includes the use of both fixed and functional appliances. Dental hygienists with a working knowledge of orthodontic practice can serve as valuable resources to patients and parents from diagnosis to post-treatment questions.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this educational activity participants will be able to:

  1. Name and describe common orthodontic appliances.
  2. List the actions of and purposes for which different appliances are used.
  3. Knowledgeably discuss invisible orthodontics technology and use.
  4. Customize oral hygiene recommendations for orthodontic appliances.

To view this course in its entirety, please click here.

Cathy Hester Seckman, RDH, is a pediatric hygienist as well as an indexer, writer, and novelist. She has worked in dentistry 33 years, including eight years in a practice that includes orthodontic treatment. She presents CE courses on topics including pediatric management, nutrition, pre-natal to pre-school care, communication, and adolescent risk behaviors. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association and the Tri-County Ohio Dental Hygienists Association. She can be reached at [email protected]

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