Orthodontic Mechanics

Refine your orthodontic mechanics, with high efficiency!

Develop your confidence in orthodontic mechanics through a focused, 3-day course. Learn the concepts and protocols and have constant reinforcement through numerous case examples. Practice diagnosing and planning which techniques will provide the most efficient, high-level of results.

Understanding and diagnosing mechanics to a highly efficient level can take years of practice and experience. Instead you can take an intensive 3-day course to refine your mechanics capabilities by learning under POS’ popular tenured instructors, Dr. Shockley Wier or Dr. Charlie Kahwagi.

You will learn from new cases from modern practices and practice diagnosing them in class. Improve the results, efficiency and profitability of your orthodontic cases with optimized mechanics skills.


Day 1: Basic Mechanics

  • Mechanics Foundations
    • Using physiology, physics, forces, and friction to get desired results
    • How to analyze the force curve for optimum tooth movement
    • Tipping versus translation
  • Mechanism of Tooth Movement
  • Physics of Mechanics
  • Understanding Anchorage to a High Level
    • Intra Oral
    • Extra Oral
  • Expansion Tools
  • How to Design a Plan to Fix Transverse Vertical A-P

Day 2: Advanced Mechanics

  • Class I Mechanics
    • Ways to derotate teeth quickly
    • When (and when not to) use opening coils
    • Canine retrieval mechanics
  • Class II Mechanics
    • What you can (and can’t do) with rubber bands
    • How to use distalization like a pro
    • Growth management (without skeletal anchorage)
  • Class III Mechanics & Unwanted Movements
    • Extractions and differential anchorage
    • Protraction – when reversing distalization can save your case
    • Growth management and surgery
  • Friction versus “Frictionless” Mechanics
  • Sliding Mechanics: Rubber Bands or Coils
  • Reduce Months of Treatment Time through Efficient Design

Day 3: Additional Mechanics Methods

  • Determining the Right Method to Correcting Midlines
    • Differential anchorage
    • Push pull methods
    • Roll upper versus roll lower
    • When (and when not) to use midline x-elastics
  • Developing an Efficient Deep Bite Protocol
    • Intrusion versus extrusion
    • How to level curve of spee…efficiently
    • Use snoopy bends without frustration anymore
  • How to Close Open Bites
    • Intrusions versus extractions
    • Myofunctional treatment planning
  • Minimum Anchorage Methods
  • How to Use Mechanics to Fix Asymmetry
  • And more!

Bring a case!

Bring one of your cases that you have mechanics questions on. We will discuss a couple student cases in class, if time allows.




  • 1984-1987 – The University of Cincinnati
  • 1987 – Early Admission into Dental School with requirement for Bachelor’s Degree waived due to exceptional academics/ qualifications
  • 1987-1991 – The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
  • Deans List – 9 of 14 quarters
  • Presidents List (Perfect 4.0 Average) – Remaining 5 quarters
  • 1991 – Graduated with DDS degree – Graduated Cum Laude (#8 in class of 120)
  • 1991-Present – OKU Dental Honor Society


  • 1991-1995 – Worked in Group Practice
  • 1995-Present – Private practice with emphasis on Orthodontics, Restorative, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics
  • 2007-Present – Progressive Orthodontics Instructor and responsible for new instructor training and current instructor certification at Progressive Orthodontics
Charlie Kahwagi Instructor

  • Graduated with a dental degree from the University of Melbourne, 1991
  • Progressive Orthodontic Seminars – Comprehensive Series, 1997-1999
  • Progressive Orthodontic Seminars – Advanced Series, 2010-2011
  • Implant surgery through “Branemark Centre” Perth, 1997-1999
  • Various bone grafting and advanced implant courses, 1993-present
  • Trained for “Nobel Guide” and “All-On-4” surgical techniques, 2005-2006

Practice & Practice Focus:

  • Private practice, 1991-present
  • Principal dentist in a multidisciplinary general practice facility in Lara, VIC, Australia, employing 4 full time dentists, 2 full time hygienests/therapists, and 20 odd auxiliary staff
  • Providing exceptional comprehensive dentistry
  • Empowering patients to achieve their dental goals

Key Interest Areas:

  • Orthodontics
  • Implants
  • Full mouth rehabilitation


  • Australian Dental Association (ADA)
  • Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID)
  • International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI)
  • Australian Osseointegration Society (AOS)
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
  • Progressive Orthodontic Seminars (POS) tenured instructor


  • Ortho Mechanics: 13-15 September 2024 (Fri to Sun) SYDNEY


  • Australia:
  • AU$1900
  • 24 CPDs
  • USA (2019: 3 days):
  • US$1325
  • US$1275 early bird (1 month prior)
  • 24 CEs