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MD927 - Fixed Orthodontic Appliances

  • Module code: MD927
  • Module name: Fixed Orthodontic Appliances
  • Department: WMS, Dentistry
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Gain a thorough knowledge of fixed appliances, oral health and pain control during orthodontic treatment and how to manage orthodontic emergencies.

Principal learning outcomes

On completion of the module, you should: Have a knowledge of the history of fixed appliances; Have a knowledge of the different types of fixed appliances; Be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of fixed appliances; Be competent at placing and removing orthodontic separators; Be competent at identifying and selecting orthodontic bands appropriate for the patient; Be competent at placing, adapting and cementing bands to achieve an ideal fit; Be competent at identifying attachments appropriate for individual teeth; Be competent at cleaning and preparing the tooth surface for orthodontic bonding; Be competent at using orthodontic adhesives and cements; Be competent at placing attachments, including bonded retainers, onto the teeth in the correct position; Be competent at preparing archwires; Be competent at inserting and ligating archwires and archwire auxiliaries; Be competent at ligating groups of teeth together; Be familiar with the technique of welding attachments to bands; Be competent at releasing and removing ligatures; Be competent at removing archwires and archwire auxiliaries; Be competent at removing cemented and bonded attachments; Be competent at differentiating between dental tissues, dental deposits, adhesive and cement; Be competent at removing orthodontic adhesive and cement residues from the teeth; Be competent at supragingival cleaning and polishing of the teeth using both powered and manual instrumentation, and at stain removal and prophylaxis where directly relevant to orthodontic treatment; Be familiar with the effect of diet on oral health with particular reference to orthodontics and the potential risks to the patient of poor diet whilst wearing orthodontic appliances; Be competent at giving diet and oral health advice to orthodontic patients; Be competent at managing fear and anxiety with behavioural techniques and empathise with patients in stressful situations; Be familiar with the manifestations of anxiety and pain and the various methods available for their management and control; Be competent at identifying damaged and distorted orthodontic appliances; Be competent at taking limited action to relieve pain or make an appliance safe in the absence of a dentist; Be competent at identifying when a situation is beyond the orthodontic therapist’s expertise and; Requires the patient to be seen by a dentist; have knowledge of the need to arrange early attention by a dentist following the emergency treatment.

Timetabled teaching activities

6 Days

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: MD927-12)
C (Assessed/examined work) Practical assessment 50%
  30 minute MC1/EMQ exam (locally held) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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