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Ortho 101 for the Dental Professional


Constance Konen, RDH, BS

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)


This course will unveil helpful hints to utilize for the benefit of the orthodontic patient to prevent detrimental effects of inadequate homecare. Within the course there will be an overview of the types of braces and fixed appliances to in...

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This course will unveil helpful hints to utilize for the benefit of the orthodontic patient to prevent detrimental effects of inadequate homecare. Within the course there will be an overview of the types of braces and fixed appliances to increase the knowledge of the dental professional in regards to orthodontics. There will be information on different adjuncts to assist in accessing areas around braces and orthodontic appliances along with products to control or prevent disease progression. The increased knowledge of the dental provider focusing on orthodontic care contained within this course will improve patient outcomes in the creation and maintenance of a beautiful smile.

Orthodontic treatment can create a challenge in plaque removal and, consequentially, an increased risk to dental disease. In order to develop recommendations, it is necessary for dental care providers to understand the challenge in maintaining proper oral hygiene when working around orthodontic appliances. By describing various components of orthodontic braces and appliances, devices developed to assist in homecare, and products available for caries prevention, the practitioner can formulate a customized home care regimen with modified techniques. Through the understanding of the areas within the mouth that are more at risk due to braces or fixed appliance placement, the dental provider can help patients improve the outcomes of their orthodontic treatment by minimizing or ultimately eliminating decalcifications, dental caries and periodontal disease.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assisting Students

  • Date Course Online:

    Jan 16, 2013

  • Last Revision Date:

    May 25, 2023

  • Course Expiration Date:

    May 24, 2026

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  • Technical Requirements:

    Stable internet connection and the latest version of browser and device software are recommended.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Identify the names of various components involved in orthodontic treatment.
  • Understand the challenges created in maintaining good oral health.
  • Be familiar with products available specifically geared towards the orthodontic patient to improve oral hygiene.
  • Know the early signs of disease to assist in preventing carious lesions and/or periodontal conditions.
  • Recognize the detrimental effects of specific bacterial biofilm and how to control its effects.
  • Appreciate the before, during, and after treatment norms of hard and soft tissues.
  • Establish a home care regimen to improve orthodontic outcomes.


  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Note:  Registration is required to take test.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • The author reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course. She has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Constance Konen received her Associates in Applied Science – Dental Hygiene from Milwaukee Area Technical College and Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from Marquette University. She studied Orofacial Myology in Los Angeles, C...

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Submission Information

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