Orthodontics for Children

Mixed Dentition from A to Z

An early orthodontic evaluation can provide you with a window of opportunity that may make treatment much simpler for both you and the patient. There are certain orthodontic conditions that are much easier to treat if they are caught at an early age, when you can use the child’s growth to your advantage. Knowing which conditions to look for, such as severe crowding, and what steps to take early on, such as a palatal expander, can yield better results with less invasive treatment for your patients.

This course is designed for dentists to be able to provide a complete diagnosis for the children in their practices. There is a total of 6 days covering how to evaluate, diagnose and treatment plan the most common dental and skeletal malocclusion problems found in mixed dentition (e.g. antero-posterior, vertical, transverse, and habit problems) and what appliances to use. Anticipation of potential complications and recognition of problems early will help you achieve excellent results.

There are hands-on exercises in the 1st seminar using typodonts, utility arches, advancing arches and quad helixes and in the 2nd seminar with airway tracing analysis. This course is good for doctors looking to better understand and start mixed dentition treatment. There are no prerequisites to taking this course. Students will range from no previous orthodontic background to graduates our Comprehensive Series. If you want to provide a fuller orthodontic treatment (with both Phase I and Phase II), then please look into our Comprehensive Orthodontic Series.

Kids Orthodontics Cases


Seminar 1:

  • Pros and cons of mixed dentition treatment
  • The most common dental and skeletal malocclusion problems found in mixed dentition
    • Crowding
    • Antero-posterior issues
    • Management of posterior cross bites
    • Open bite and deep bite—why should they should be treated early
    • Thumb sucking—when should we worry about it
    • Tongue thrust—how to correct damage to oral and dental structures
  • How to evaluate, diagnose and treatment plan, dental and skeletal malocclusions in children
  • What appliances to use: how and when
  • Hands-on exercises: utility arches, advancing arches, quadhelix

Seminar 2:

  • Myofunctional appliances
    • What they really do, and what they don’t
    • Pros and cons of the most common appliances on the market
    • How to choose which appliance to use on each case
    • Understanding the design of common appliances
    • What is the desired results with myofunctional appliances
    • Tips on patient management
    • Setting patient expectations
  • Airway diagnosis
    • Understanding airway concerns on growing patients
    • Modifying treatment with airway in mind
    • Creating your team
    • Communication techniques for smooth team-based treatment
    • Hands-on exercise: tracing cephs for airway analysis



profile-wierDr. Shockley Wier has been teaching for the past 10 years. When he’s not in the classroom, Dr. Wier runs his practice in St. Paris, Ohio and also directs Progressive Orthodontic Seminars’ Instructor Training Program.


  • 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

profile-villalon Dr. Villalon began his dental career as a pediatric dental resident at Texas Children’s Hospital. Since then he has run a thriving pediatric practice for over 28 years. Dr. Villalon has an extensive experience in interceptive orthodontics; he has studied over 2500 hours under all the major orthodontic philosophies, giving him insight as to what may and may not work in given situations. As a Pediatric Dentist and instructor for Progressive Orthodontics, he has taught hundreds of dentists worldwide when and how to treat orthodontic problems in kids.


  • Dental Degree- Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 1980-1984
  • Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry- University of Texas 1984-1986
  • Progressive Orthodontic Seminars – Houston #2 Class 2008–2010

  • Studied dentistry from 1982 to 1987 at the “Johannes Gutenberg-University” in Mainz.
  • Certified post graduate education in implantology.


  • Started working in the army in 1987, as a Captain, in Mainz.
  • Received doctor’s degree in dentistry in 1990.
  • Retired from the army, in 1993, as a Lieutenant-Colonel.
  • I became a partner in a general dentist´s practice in Diessen in 1993.
  • I´m still working in the same practice, together with a partner, offering everything in dentistry.

  • 1991 – Dental Degree from Melbourne University
  • 1997-1999 – Comprehensive Orthodontic Training from Progressive Orthodontic Seminars
  • 2010-2011 –  Advanced Orthodontics Training from Progressive Orthodontic Seminars
  • 1997-1999 – Implant surgery through Branemark Centre, Perth
  • 1993-present – Various bone grafting and advanced implant courses
  • 2005-2006 – Trained for “Nobel Guide” and “All-On-4” surgical techniques


  • 1991-Present – Principal dentist in a multidisciplinary general private practice facility in Lara, Australia employing 4 full time dentists, 2 full time hygienist / therapists and 20 odd auxiliary staff
  • Australian Dental Association (ADA)
  • Australian Osseo-integration Society (AOS)
  • Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID)
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)


  • Orange County, CA, USA: Live and Virtual (via Zoom)
  • October 4-6, 2024, Dr. Wier
  • January 10-12, 2025, Dr. Wier or Dr. Ben?
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands:
  • Seminar 1 - 13-15 September, 2024 (Wilfred)
  • Semianr 2 - 11-13 October, 2024 (Wilfred)
  • Video Available Anytime!
  • Australia 2024
  • KO#1: 26-28 July 2024 (Fri to Sun) MELOURNE
  • KO#2: 1-3 November 2024 (Fri to Sun) MELBOURNE


  • For all other locations, please contact your local coordinator, as each location's tuition is priced in the local currency.
  • Tuition includes all hands-on materials and course handouts
  • Seminar 1 - $1700 ($1600 for loyalty members)
  • Seminar 2 - $1400 ($1300 for loyalty members)
  • Series discount (both seminars) - $2900 (save $200!)
  • Series discount (loyalty members) - $2700