In-Person Course Comprehensive Orthodontics

Course Description

Comprehensive Orthodontics is an extended, two-part, 8-day comprehensive continuing education in orthodontics from an outstanding orthodontic educator and clinician, designed to educate the practitioner who wants to add orthodontics to his/her practice, or extend his/her present orthodontic services.

This course provides an extended comprehensive education covering nearly all aspects of orthodontics. It will take you from diagnosis, through treatment, and into retention. Protocols will include early interceptive procedures, functional orthopedic therapy, fixed "straight-wire" treatment, and both fixed and removable retention appliances.

Dr. Litt spent 20 years of his academic career directing the graduate orthodontic programs at the University of Detroit School of Dentistry and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. This course is a distillization of the concepts and procedures provided in a graduate school orthodontic curricula of these two fine programs.

This course will cover

  • Facial esthetics and facial balance
  • The effects of orthodontic treatment on facial esthetics
  • Craniofacial growth and development
    • The projection of facial growth
    • The assessment of skeletal maturation
  • Cephalometrics
    • Morphological evaluation (the Biodynamic analysis)
  • Orthodontic diagnosis
  • Early interceptive treatment (Phase 1)
    • Arch development
    • Serial extraction
    • Pre-orthopedic strategies
    • Phase 1 treatment strategies and appliance selection
  • Cephalometric projection
    • “Targeting” the treatment goals
  • Orthodontic treatment planning
    • Determining treatment objectives
    • Extraction/non-extraction decisions
  • Temporomandibular joint — function/dysfunction
    • Orthopedics, orthodontics and the temporomandibular joint
  • Functional/orthopedic treatment (Phase 2): Comparison of functional and orthopedic modalities
    • Extra-oral traction
    • Twin Block
    • Palatal expansion/protraction
  • Differential Appliance Selection and Management
  • Comprehensive Treatment (Phase 3)
    • The “Six Keys” to occlusion
    • The “Straight-wire” edgewise appliance
    • The “Biodynamic” appliance system
    • Basic biomechanical principles
    • Archwires: Their properties and use
  • Comprehensive treatment (Phase 3): Mechanics planning (cases will be presented demonstrating all of the following principles of mechanics planning with posttreatment analysis of all treatment results
    • Fixed appliance selection
    • Archwire selection/utilization
    • Finishing procedures
  • Retention and retention planning
    • Adjunctive retention procedures
  • Orthodontic technique
    • Enamel bonding lecture, demonstration, typodont exercise
    • Biomechanics: the treatment of a Class I four-premolar extraction case on a typodont (includes the fabrication of a headgear, utility arch and all archwires used in treatment)
  • Early interception appliances: the fabrication, adjustment and utilization of fixed and removable appliances used in the interceptive and decompensating phases of treatment
    • Maxillary Schwarz plate
    • Maxillary 3D transpalatal arch
    • Lingual arch (Wilson 3D Quadaction mandibular appliance)
    • “Porter” type arch (Wilson 3D multi-action palatal appliance)
  • Functional orthopedic appliances: the fabrication adjustment and utilization of functional/orthopedic appliances
  • Twin Block
    • Twin Block/headgear combination
    • Palatal expander
  • Finishing Appliances (Tooth Positioner)


Courses held in the United States and Canada are $8,995.00 U.S. A deposit of $1,495.00 is due 30 days prior to the start of the program, with the remainder to be billed in six monthly installments of $1,250.00. You will receive a confirmation letter and complete course syllabus upon our receipt of your deposit.

C.E. Credits

56 hours

Supplies and instruments

You are not required to bring any instruments or materials to Session I of the program, with the exception of your course syllabus. At Session I, we will provide you with a list of instruments you need to bring to Session II (Technique Program). Click here to view the most current list of required instruments and supplies

Ppostponed temporarily. Possible for April/May 2024, updates to follow.