Sweeping Away the Myths in Orthodontics: The Extraction/Non-Extraction Debate by Dr. Richard A. Litt

Dr. Richard A. Litt, Sweeping Away the Myths in Orthodontics: The Extraction/Non-Extraction Debate by Dr. Richard A. Litt
Speaker: Dr. Richard A. Litt
Category: Orthodontics
Format: MP4 Video Released: 11/13/2013
Running Time: 1.5 hours Expiration Date: 7/1/2019
  4.5 (2 Reviews)
Review Date: 7/1/2016
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Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 2 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.

In recent years a great deal of misinformation has been presented in the name of continuing education in orthodontics. Mis-representation of credentials, as well as empirical or anecdotal support for clinical procedures, without any biological basis, have been used to promote orthodontic procedures to the general or pediatric dentist incorporating orthodontics into their practices. It is time to hear the facts! If you are presently practicing orthodontics or intend to incorporate orthodontics into your practice, you owe it to yourself and your patients to find out the truth and separate "fact from fiction". This course does just that in the controversial topic of whether we should extract premolars to make space in Orthodontics.

Description of Speaker:
Dr. Richard A. Litt received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Detroit in 1965 and his Masters degree and certificate in Orthodontics from Northwestern University in 1969. Dr. Litt was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Detroit from 1969 - 1980, and Clinical Professor and Director of Postdoctoral Orthodontics at the University of California, San Francisco, from 1980 to 1986. Dr. Litt is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, as well as various other groups. He has published numerous articles and lectured extensively throughout the world on orthodontics. He was a member of the European Orthodontic Society, the Societe D’Orthopedie Dentofaciale in France and the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists. He has been the orthodontic consultant to the Cleft Palate Center at Children's Hospital of Michigan and the Director of Orthodontics in the Pediatric Dental Residency Program, also at Children's Hospital. Along with his extensive lecturing and teaching activities, Dr. Litt presently maintains a "fee for service" orthodontic practice in Livonia, Michigan. Dr. Litt has been in orthodontic practice for 40 years and has treated thousands of orthodontic patients. His clinical excellence and the clinical aspect of his F.O.R.C.E. programs reflect that experience. In 1987 he founded the Faculté for Orthodontic Research and Continuing Education with the objective of providing the first and only continuing education in orthodontics patterned after a graduate orthodontic education. He remains the Director and President of F.O.R.C.E., International, which remains an organization dedicated to teaching general and pediatric dentists to practice orthodontics to the standard of care established by the orthodontic specialty and orthodontic Graduate programs throughout the world.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • Does orthodontic treatment with bicuspid extractions have a negative effect on facial balance?
  • Does orthodontic treatment with bicuspid extractions cause unacceptable smile esthetics?
  • Does orthodontic treatment have any correlation to tempero-mandibular joint dysfunction?

Dr. Litt declares that neither he nor any member of his family have a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program, nor does he have a financial interest in any commercial product(s) or service(s) he will discuss in the presentation other than the fact that Dr. Litt does disclose that he and does have a finanical interest in training dentists in Orthodontics.

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4.5  (2 Total Reviews)
1 people would recommend this course to a friend.
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand 5.0
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date 5.0
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised 5.0
norzia norzia
2/16/2016 2:25:48 AM
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand 5
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date 5
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised 5
course cannot load after purchase, please fix?
Good evidence for his case
Spencer For Hire Spencer For Hire
7/22/2015 11:16:17 AM
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand 5
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date 5
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised 5
Overall, this course was good. Dr. Litt does his best to dispel some myths about bicuspid extraction, and shows good examples of where it is clearly indicated. He makes a good case that extractions do not lead to TMD or a "dished-in" facial appearance. But, there is one huge area he leaves out...the airway! I am very curious as to what is happening to the airway space pre- and post-tx in extraction patients. This is the one omission in an otherwise good lecture with solid literature to back up his claims.
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ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
This activity meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning scheme and represents 2 hours of verifiable CPD.

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To reap the full benefits of this CE course, the presenters (Howie Horrocks and Mark Dilatush) have agreed to create a marketing plan specifically tailored to your practice and your specific market area. Having your marketing plan printed and open while you view the course material, will greatly individualize your learning experience.
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