Minor Tooth Movement is based on a technique developed by orthodontist Dr. Keith Hilliard to address increased patient demand for esthetic treatment. In use for over a decade, his widely-published1 and practiced method uses basic orthodontic principles to achieve minor tooth movements that cost-effectively improve the patient's smile.
This technique utilizes orthodontic pliers to fabricate clear plastic aligners that move teeth with integrated "force points". This versatile procedure is used by clinicians nationwide as a standalone esthetic treatment, for mid-course correction or refinement of orthodontic cases and in preparation for other cosmetic or therapeutic procedures.
1. Essix Appliance Technology: Applications, Fabrication and Rationale, J. Sheridan, K. Hilliard & P. Armbruster (2003) GAC International, Inc.; The Invisalign System, O. Tuncay, (2006) Quintessence Publishing; Orthodontics: Current Principles & Techniques (4th Ed.), T. Graber, R. Vanarsdall & K. Vig, (2005) Mosby, Inc.; Contemporary Orthodontics (4th Ed.), W. Proffit, H. Fields, & D. Sarver, (2007) Mosby, Inc.
In this course, highly trained expert clinicians will teach Hilliard's principles and focus on the most commonly-seen minor anterior misalignments in adult patients. The course will provide attending clinicians with the tools and education to offer a low-cost orthodontic solution for their patients, while optimizing practice profitability.
Participants will use orthodontic pliers to program clear plastic aligners for use in case treatment, mid-course case corrections or making case refinements. Clinicians and staff will also learn the steps in treatment planning, techniques for measurement/creation of space within the arch, and aligner fabrication to achieve treatment objectives. The course also includes an overview of basic thermoforming techniques that can also be used to make final retainers, bleach trays and many more profit-building appliances that are often outsourced to labs.