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Dental Assistants

Orthodontic Procedures for Level II Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists

Instructors: Dr. Natoosha Nargaski, Dr. Mark Eckler and Dr. Michael Sherman

October 25–27, 2024

Course Description

This course is primarily designed for Level II Dental Assistants who want to perform the additional intra-oral procedures associated with orthodontic treatment. This course meets the criteria outlined by the RCDSO to be considered a Supplemental Course in Orthodontic Procedures (see Appendix 1Performance of Intra-Oral Procedures that are Not Controlled Acts). This course may also be taken by Dental Hygienists who wish to become more familiar with orthodontic procedures.

This course will be comprised of lectures and hands-on sessions. Our instructors for this course include experts from our Faculty of Dentistry, excellent community orthodontists, and an experienced dental hygienist in orthodontics. While participants will get the opportunity to practice all the intra-oral procedures as required by the RCDSO, please note that some lecture content may be for informational purpose only.

Participants will be sent a course manual/study material two weeks prior to the course and are required to read and study the material before attending the course. As part of the course, participants will be evaluated on the lecture and hands-on components of the course. Participants who complete this course and satisfy the evaluation portion of this course will receive a certificate of completion.


Dental Assistants must be Level II and have had a minimum of one-year clinical experience.

Dental Hygienists are also welcome to attend, however please note that this course is designed primarily for Level II Dental Assistants and not Dental Hygienists.

    • An introduction to orthodontics
    • Classification of orthodontic case types and common treatment options
    • Names and uses of orthodontic appliances
    • Bracket placement: how, why and where
    • Bonding procedures for brackets and attachments (etching and priming), anterior and posterior bite turbos
    • Placing attachments in conjunction with clear aligner therapy
    • Bonding and cementing bands and passive appliances
    • Bracket and attachment removal
    • Taking alginate, digital, and non-alginate conventional impressions (i.e., non-digital)
    • Practice management, including customer service, the patient experience, and practice development


    Upon completion of this course, Level II Dental Assistants will be able to perform the following four intra-oral procedures:

    • placing and cementing bands, brackets and passive space-maintaining or orthodontic appliances that have been previously selected, fitted and/or dispersed by a dentist for orthodontic purposes [1];
    • placing attachments for orthodontic purposes in conjunction with clear aligner therapy;
    • removing bands, brackets and passive space-maintaining or orthodontic appliances, but not removing cement and/or bonding resin [2]; and
    • taking non-alginate conventional impressions (i.e., non-digital) for working models for the fabrication of space-maintaining or orthodontic appliances.


    [1] This intra-oral procedure does not include separating teeth for orthodontic purposes or placing and removing arch wires and active orthodontic appliances, which are currently controlled acts.

    [2] When removing bands and brackets, this intra-oral procedure includes removing passive arch wires at the same appointment. Following the removal of bands, brackets and passive space-maintaining or orthodontic appliances, the subsequent removal of supragingival cement and/or bonding resin is currently considered a controlled act. When giving direction regarding these intra-oral procedures, dentists may NOT permit Level II Dental Assistants to remove cement and/or bonding resin.

    Reference: Performance of Intra-Oral Procedures that are Not Controlled Acts (RCDSO)

  • Please arrive within 30 minutes before the course start time to sign in.

    Staff will be available at the Faculty of Dentistry’s Edward St entrance to admit participants into the building as this building is not open to the public. If you arrive too early, you may need to wait until staff arrive.

    Hotels & Parking

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 2024
    9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Royal Canadian Military Institute
    426 University Avenue, Toronto
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    Saturday, Oct. 26, 2024
    9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Faculty of Dentistry
    124 Edward Street, Toronto
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    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2024
    9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Faculty of Dentistry
    124 Edward Street, Toronto
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  • Complimentary lunch is provided for course participants. Please indicate any dietary restrictions upon registration.

    Hands-on materials and equipment are provided for participants to use in the course.

  • Cancellations made more than 10 calendar days before the course start date will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 10 calendar days of the course start date.

    Refunds will not be issued for registrants who do not attend, regardless of reason for absence.

    Registrations cannot be transferred to another individual.

    To cancel your registration, please follow the link and instructions provided in the registration confirmation email. If you are eligible for a refund, the refund will be processed automatically upon cancellation. Please allow 3-5 business days for the transaction to be completed.

    Continuing Dental Education (University of Toronto) reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient registrations, instructor cancellation, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In the event of course cancellation, a full refund will be issued, and registrants will be notified promptly. We are not liable for any associated losses, damages, or expenses, including travel and accommodations.

  • After completing this course, a certificate of completion that indicates the number of Continuing Education (CE) points earned will be sent to you within 7-10 days by email.


Dr. Nargaski is an accomplished orthodontist and academic, currently serving as an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the Graduate Orthodontics Clinic at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry. She holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, an MSc in Orthodontics, and an Honours Bachelor of Science (HonBSc) in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, all from the University of Toronto. Dr. Nargaski completed a General Practice Residency (GPR) at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and is dually licensed to practice in both Ontario and Connecticut. She has held prominent roles including President of the Ontario Association of Orthodontists and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Dr. Eckler is a highly regarded orthodontist based in Mississauga, Ontario. He has been in practice for over 25 years, given over 100 seminars, and has been active in local and provincial dental societies, teaching at both the University of Toronto and Western University.

Dr. Eckler received his dental education at the University of Western Ontario School of Dentistry, graduating in 1993. He then attended McGill University’s Multi-Disciplinary Residency Program before continuing to St. Louis University’s Graduate Orthodontic Program, where he completed his orthodontic training in 1997.

Sr. Eckler is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with the dental community, and hopes that the skills he’s learned can be passed on the future generations of orthodontists.

Dr. Michael Sherman is an experienced orthodontist based in Thornhill, Ontario. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Toronto. Dr. Sherman completed his specialty training in orthodontics at the University of Manitoba, where he also earned a Master of Science degree. Additionally, he holds an MBA from Queen’s University.

Dr. Sherman has been providing orthodontic care since 1991 and is known for his contributions to both clinical practice and professional organizations. He has served as the Past President of the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists and the Ontario Association of Orthodontists. He is also an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the Canadian Association of Orthodontists. Furthermore, Dr. Sherman is a published author and a public lecturer, contributing to the field of orthodontics through both his practice and his academic involvement​.

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