Orthodontic Procedures Certificate for the Dental Hygienist

As a dental hygienist, you have been granted an expanded scope of practice by the State of Minnesota as described in Minnesota Rule 3100.8700, Subpart 2a, Item A. The new Rule allows you to perform orthodontic procedures and provide a wider-range of orthodontic care under varying levels of supervision—expanding your patient care skills and career opportunities. Our course features efficient orthodontic approaches taught by leading thinkers from the University of Minnesota’s Dental Hygiene program and the Division of Orthodontics. With an eye toward team-based, practical care, our faculty will give you the skills you need to begin working within this expanded capacity the very next day.
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Description

Please review the Minnesota Administrative Rules before registering for this course.

Learn How To

  • Collaborate with your dentists when providing orthodontic care under general, indirect, and direct supervision
  • Assess best practices in current standards of orthodontic care
  • Consider safety for you and your patient
  • Place and remove elastic orthodontic separators and discuss their purpose with your patients
  • Pre-select and fit orthodontic bands and understand their design features
  • Place initial arch wires in orthodontic appliances
  • Place and remove ligature ties and remove and replace existing archwires on orthodontic appliances
  • Decide when to use elastomeric ligatures, metal ligatures, elastomeric chains, lace backs and other modes of ligation
  • Etch enamel surfaces before bonding of orthodontic appliances
  • Analyze etched and non-etched surfaces
  • Attach pre-fit and pre-adjusted orthodontic appliances
  • Remove excess bond material with hand instruments and evaluate successful removal
  • Remove fixed orthodontic bands and brackets
  • Apply the various techniques to debond metal brackets, self-ligating brackets, and ceramic brackets
  • Debond brackets on porcelain veneers and crowns
  • Remove bond material from teeth with rotary instruments after removal of orthodontic appliances
  • Evaluate the enamel surface after adhesive removal
  • Manage cases with poor oral hygiene, hyperplastic tissue, and teeth with white spots
  • Define indications and contraindications of removable retainers
  • Deliver vacuum-formed orthodontic retainers
  • Inform patients about origins of post-treatment changes 

Required Pre-reading Assignment

This course requires a one-hour pre-reading assignment. This assignment will be emailed to you shortly before the course.

Credits and Fees

Tuition

$695 dental hygienist

Credits

17 hours

Minnesota Credits

17 Fundamental Credit Hours

This course includes 2 hours of pre-reading assignments. Details will be sent prior to the course.

Schedule

Time

8:00 AM to 5:15 PM each day

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Presenters

Michelle Arnett, RDH, BS, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Before her clinical tenure track in Minnesota, Ms. Arnett served as an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Dental Hygiene and a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Graduate Periodontics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She currently provides instruction, conducts clinical research and practices dental hygiene in collaboration with a wide range of dental teams, students, and fellow innovators. 

John P. Beyer, DDS, PhD, is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He earned his Dental Degree, Certificate in Orthodontics and PhD from the University of Minnesota. After completing his graduate training Dr. Beyer was a full-time faculty member for twelve years within the Division of Orthodontics. He then went into private practice for five years, while still maintaining involvement in the graduate orthodontic training program through a part-time adjunct position. In 2014, he returned to full-time academics at the University of Minnesota’s Division of Orthodontics and is currently the director of the graduate orthodontic training program.

Thorsten Gruenheid, DDS, Dr med dent, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He received his training at the Universities of Mainz, Amsterdam, and Minnesota. Dr. Gruenheid is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics in orthodontics and oral biology. He provides orthodontic treatment primarily to an underserved child and adolescent population at the University of Minnesota Orthodontic Faculty Practice.

Adina Sjoselius, CDA, LDA, is the Clinic Supervisor of the Faculty Practice Limited to Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She has two decades of orthodontic experience, both on the clinical and the administrative side, and has contributed to the education of pre-doctoral and graduate students.

Zachary Slama, DDS, is a Resident in the Division of Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Slama graduated from dental school at the University of Minnesota with high distinction in 2020.

 

Disclosure Summary

It is the policy of the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Dental Education to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored educational activities. All participating speakers, course directors, and planning committee members are required to disclose to the program audience any financial relationships related to the subject matter of this program. Relationships of spouse/partner with proprietary entities producing health care goods or services should be disclosed if they are of a nature that may influence the objectivity of the individual in a position to control the content of the CDE activity. Disclosure information is reviewed in advance in order to manage and resolve any possible conflicts of interest. Specific disclosure information for each speaker, course director, and planning committee member will be shared with the audience prior to the speaker’s presentation.

Continuing Dental Education Staff members have nothing to disclose.

The following information was received from our speakers for this course. It is not assumed these financial interests or affiliations will have an adverse impact on course presentations. They simply are noted here to fully inform course participants.

Michelle Arnett, RDH, BS, MS
Indicated no relevant affiliations or financial interests. Speaker does not intend to discuss an off-label/investigative use of a commercial product/device

John Beyer, DDS, PhD
Indicated no relevant affiliations or financial interests. Speaker does not intend to discuss an off-label/investigative use of a commercial product/device

Thorston Gruenheid, DDS, Dr med dent, PhD
Indicated no relevant affiliations or financial interests. Speaker does not intend to discuss an off-label/investigative use of a commercial product/device

Adina Sjoselius, CDA, LDA
Indicated no relevant affiliations or financial interests. Speaker does not intend to discuss an off-label/investigative use of a commercial product/device

Zachary Slama, DDS
Indicated no relevant affiliations or financial interests. Speaker does not intend to discuss an off-label/investigative use of a commercial product/device

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Schedule

  • Final registration will begin at 7:30 AM on Friday.
  • Continental breakfast will be available each morning.
  • The course will run from 8:00 to 5:15 PM each day.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included both days. If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program.

Special instructions

Please bring magnification loupes with you to the course if you use them in practice.

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