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Orthodontic Hands On Training for Dental Hygienists

This is a unique Orthodontic Training Course for Dental Hygienists who are looking to hone in their skills in an orthodontic or a general practice. It is designed to update hygienists’ knowledge of orthodontic theory and the most current and cutting edge procedures, like the use of Invisalign, Lingual braces and Accelerated tooth movement. Growth, development and the etiology of malocclusions are integrated with clinical aspects of practice (including placement and the use of bands, brackets, archwire types and bends). Focus on the significance of diagnostic records in the design of treatment plans.

Why Choose Our Course?

  • ONE-ON-ONE training – we train one hygienist at a time in our clinical environment rotating all 3 instructors for diverse practical skills development.
  • All procedures are performed on our patients, not on typodonts, under close supervision of an Orthodontist and our clinical staff.
  • Clinical skills are taught in a logical sequence of an every-day-orthodontic-office-flow.
  • Theoretical lectures and clinical manuals available for e-access upon registration. All questions and review of theoretical materials will be conducted over lunch hours.
  • Two consecutive weeks totalling 50 hours of hands-on training and 20 hours of theory (Tues-Thur from 9am-6pm). See Course Outline.
  • Due to on-going COVID-19 concerns and varied governing body regulations, course participants will be provided one reusable shield and one disposable mask per day for the duration of the course. Participants may also bring their own PPE based on their comfort level.
  • Participants will be provided an accredited certificate upon course completion and 50 CE credits.

From Participants

Thank you for having me it was a pleasure meeting all of you! I really enjoyed my time there, I felt that I really learned quite a lot – especially little tricks and tips that I have brought back to the practice I work in. It was great to be able to actually work on patients which greatly enhanced the experience and the staff couldn’t have been more knowledgeable and helpful! Thank you!

Michelle Plaskos, RDH

This was an unbelievable course. Dr. Sky and Dr. Holta were patient, friendly and very knowledgeable. The hands on experience with actual patients really set this course apart, I felt confident and comfortable using my new skills and knowledge. The entire staff went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and taken care of and they were all passionate about helping me learn. I cannot wait to use all my new skills!

Jessie O’Brien, RDH

I really enjoyed taking this course, it exceeded my expectations! Initially, I was so nervous about how I would treat the office patients, but the staff were very welcoming and supportive throughout the course. Even though I was very new to ortho procedures, the team was very encouraging and helped build my self-confidence. I would highly recommend this course to my friends and colleagues because it involved amazing hands-on training and was a unique opportunity to build on my clinical practice. Special thanks to Dr. Sky and hygienist Nicole! I’m excited to get back to work and apply the skills I learned!

Puwana Chandrakumar, RDH

Dr. Sky, Course Director & Instructor

Dr. Sky successfully pioneered several continuing education courses that she teaches to dentists and dental specialists. In addition to her work at Orthodontic Studio, Dr. Naslenas also works at the Hospital for Sick Children. There she’s committed to working with children with craniofacial anomalies, cleft lips and palate syndrome, and other developmental challenges. Dr. Sky believes strongly that a positive self-image and self-confidence can result from proper orthodontic care, and that belief and commitment is the foundation upon which Orthodontic Studio is built. “It’s a privilege and an honour to be able to positively impact people’s self-esteem and confidence. Our goal is to train hygienists who will provide orthodontic care at a standard of excellence. We want to deliver orthodontic knowledge and skills that exceed your expectations.

Dr. Virginia, Associate Orthodontist

Dr. Bertucci received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from York University. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Toronto, where she graduated first in her class and was awarded the esteemed Dean’s Gold Medal. She was then selected to complete a 1-year residency through McGill University at the Montreal Children’s Hospital where she worked as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians to provide a full range of dental services to children and adolescents with complex dental problems including emergencies and traumas, medical conditions necessitating hospital-based care, and special needs. To continue her education, Dr. Bertucci returned home to the University of Toronto to pursue Specialty Training in Orthodontics, alongside a Master of Science degree focused on cleft lip and palate research at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Bertucci continues to serve as a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, and as a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honors Dental Society, the Ontario Association of Orthodontics, and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Bertucci is overjoyed to join the Orthodontic Studio team and care for our wonderful patients! Outside the office, you can likely find her at a local flower shop, on a nature walk, or spending time with family and friends.

Nicole, Registered Dental Hygienist

Nicole is a registered Dental hygienist who obtained an advanced diploma with honors from Georgian College. She has been a practicing hygienist in both general dentistry and orthodontics for 8+ years. Nicole is also an active member of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.

She loves the energetic, fast- paced environment that orthodontics provides as well as knowing that she played a part in giving someone a beautiful smile. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys playing beach volleyball, travelling and exploring the deep blue sea. She is currently an open water diver and is working towards getting her advanced open water diving certification.

Eni Ulaj, Hygienist and Instructor

I graduated from Toronto Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries College. I happily share my knowledge, skills, and ten years of dental experience to deliver optimal care and high standards of practice to every one of our hygiene students and our patients.

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