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This 4.5 hour CE course* will review the process of placing braces on pre-adolescent patients in the early-mid mixed dentition, including:

  • The literature regarding the concept of placing braces on primary teeth to assist with “developing the arches” as part of interceptive orthodontic treatment.
  • The effect that placing braces on deciduous teeth has on both the primary tooth and its permanent successor.
  • Effective behavior modification techniques to reliably and comfortably place full braces on 7–9-year-old patients.
  • The types of braces, bracket prescriptions, and wires that can be used to successfully and predictably develop the arches during interceptive treatment.
  • Bonding techniques to improve clinical efficacy, maximize bond strength, minimize bond failure, and greatly decrease the risk of enamel decalcification.
  • The importance of dis-occluding the arches at the initial bonding visit, including strategies for determining the size and location of bite ramps and turbos based upon the presenting malocclusion and treatment objectives.
  • Patient/parent testimonials discussing their experiences with full braces in Phase I will be provided.

*DOC is a Certified CE Provider in the State of Florida


The primary educational objectives of this course are to:

  • Review the literature as it pertains to the orthodontic movement of primary teeth as a means of developing the arches, creating space for the eruption of the permanent teeth, and lessening the severity of the developing malocclusion.
  • Provide guidance in the following areas to maximize success when placing full braces on pre-adolescent patients in the early mixed dentition as part of interceptive orthodontic treatment:
    • Patient management
    • Isolation
    • Materials to use to maximize bond strength and minimize formation of white-spot lesions
    • Bracket placement technique to maximize adaptation of brackets to primary teeth
    • Placement of bite ramps/turbos to dis-occlude the arches
    • Home care instructions
  • Review the types of braces (including prescriptions) and archwires that are most efficient and effective at developing the arches in the mixed dentition.
  • Discuss “tips and tricks” to help troubleshoot the most commonly encountered challenges.


  • Course Cost: $445
  • CE Hours: 4.5
  • Original Release Date: February 27, 2023
  • Expiration Date: February 27, 2025
  • Refund/Cancellation Policy: No refunds – all course purchases are final.
  • Teaching Methods: Electronically Mediated Online Course


Michael K. DeLuke, DDS, MDS
Board Certified Orthodontist
President, DeLuke Orthodontics
Owner, DeLuke Orthodontic Coaching


DeLuke Orthodontic Coaching is a for-profit dental CE Provider

COURSE OUTLINE [Total Time: 4:26:23]

  • Opening
  • Background [00:25:52]
  • Overview of the Bonding Process [00:08:10]
  • Greeting & Preparing the Patient [00:18:42]
  • Tooth Prep & Bracket Placement [00:32:49]
  • Bonding Bite Ramps & Turbos [1:06:23]
  • Additional Tips & Tricks [1:05:19]
  • Archwires & Elastics [00:23:56]
  • Home Care Instructions [00:20:12]
  • References
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