There are so many continuing education courses in orthodontics to choose from. Why should I choose F.O.R.C.E.?
F.O.R.C.E. is the only extended orthodontic continuing education course taught by university trained orthodontists who are experienced educators as well as clinicians. It is a comprehensive program with over 25 years of history in helping General and Pediatric Dentists successfully incorporate orthodontics into their practices.
I've already had hundreds of hours of orthodontic continuing education. Will I still benefit from the F.O.R.C.E. course?
Absolutely! Unless you have taken a graduate level university orthodontic program, you will benefit from the F.O.R.C.E. program. More than half of the nearly 3,000 graduates of the F.O.R.C.E. program have previously taken hundreds of hours of orthodontic continuing education.
I just graduated from dental school. Should I wait a few years before signing up for Comprehensive Orthodontics?
That would be a matter of personal choice. As a new graduate, you probably have extra free time and less income. Some graduates may be intimidated by the cost of the course. Keep in mind, however, that if you wait a few years until you are busier and generating more income, each day out of your office will cost you significantly more money. It is important that upon completing the course, you have the opportunity to practice orthodontics and put your education to work for you at the clinical level. Also, keep in mind that as your practice builds, you may retake the Comprehensive course as many times as necessary either in person for a nominal fee or online.
Do I have to pay the entire tuition at once?
No, many payment options are available.
How soon after completing Comprehensive Orthodontics can I begin practicing orthodontics?
Immediately! In fact, the faculty will assist you during the course with patient selection, record collection and treatment planning. You will be ready to begin active treatment upon mastering the clinical techniques taught in Session II.
Before I make such a considerable commitment of time and money, can I speak with other dentists who have completed the F.O.R.C.E. programs?
Sure! Upon request, we will furnish you with an extensive list of F.O.R.C.E. program graduates and their phone numbers.
Why is this course better than the less expensive ones?
The value of this course, or, in fact, of any course, is not always reflective of the tuition cost. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. The best answer to this question comes in the form of another question: "Why would over 800 doctors need to take F.O.R.C.E.'s Comprehensive Orthodontics after having already taken and paid for the less expensive courses?" Whereas, to the best of our knowledge, none of our graduates have subsequently felt the need to take any other extended orthodontic continuing education programs. VALUE IS VALUE, REGARDLESS OF COST.
What happens after I complete Comprehensive Orthodontics?
You decide! F.O.R.C.E. provides optional ongoing Study Group programs, Online programs and Advanced courses. You can continue your education at your own pace.
Can I bring my Chairside Assistant to the program?
F.O.R.C.E. offers training programs for the front desk and clinical staff to provide you with the necessary information to effectively incorporate orthodontics into your clinical practice.
How do I learn clinical orthodontic techniques?
The Session II Technique Program gives you a hands-on experience on typodonts where you learn to use the tools and techniques of clinical orthodontics. Also, the Clinical videos online provide an opportunity to observe clinical techniques on individual patients in a private practice setting.
What supplies do I need to bring?
For Session I of Comprehensive Orthodontics, no supplies will be necessary other than the syllabus F.O.R.C.E. has provided. At Session I, you will be given a list of supplies and materials necessary for the hands-on Technique Program (Session II). This list also applies to participants of the Practice Management program. The Technique Program is provided for in-person lectures only.
How much additional income can I expect to earn by incorporating orthodontics into my practice?
It is difficult to say. It depends upon the nature of your practice, and how aggressive you are in selecting the cases you wish to treat. Some F.O.R.C.E. graduates are treating 10-15 new orthodontic cases each year, while others are treating 50 or more. The economic impact of adding orthodontics can be measured in many ways. One, direct revenues from orthodontic treatment. Two, new patients may be attracted to the practice through their children. Three, increased acceptance of restorative and cosmetic procedures enhanced by pre-prosthetic orthodontics.
Will I get my deposit back if I have to cancel?
Refunds will be made with written notice of cancellation received at least 15 days prior to the program inception. A $100.00 processing fee is charged on all refunds. Refunds apply only for in-person Comprehensive Course.
Is there a fee to retake Comprehensive Orthodontics?
Comprehensive Orthodontics (in-person lecture) covers 8 intense days of instruction and many participants elect to retake this program. You may retake this course at any future in-person lecture location for a fee of $995.00 US. The online Comprehensive Course may be accessed through the “Members Only” section providing an additional option for doctors to retake the course.
Will Dr. Litt be able to assist me with my difficult orthodontic cases once I complete the Comprehensive Orthodontics course?
Dr. Litt and the F.O.R.C.E. faculty will assist you with any of your cases upon completion of the Comprehensive Orthodontics course. You must be currently enrolled in an Advanced Study Group or utilize the online individual Patient Consultation Service. The Consultation Service provides a diagnosis and treatment plan, mechanics plan, retention plan, estimate of treatment time and the appropriate fee. The objective of the Comprehensive Course is to teach you to select those cases which should be treated by the non-specialist and to refer the difficult and complex cases to the orthodontist. ONLINE PATIENT CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ONLY FOR F.O.R.C.E. GRADUATES.