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Straighter: Orthodontics and the Patient with Special Health Care Needs

CE Credits: 1.5 Hour(s)
Date Course Online: January 14, 2021
Last Revision Date: N/A
Course Expiration Date: January 14, 2024
Cost: Free; registration required
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Success in orthodontic treatment for a child with an intellectual disability is the extent to which the treatment rendered fulfills the parent’s expectation. How close you come to delivering the experience and treatment outcome that the parent was promised the day of the initial examination will determine orthodontic success. The concept of under-promise and overdeliver is usually a good policy. Mindset is more important than technical ability.


  • Understand the nature of the child with intellectual disabilities
  • Appreciate the parental perspective on their child with intellectual disabilities


Marc Ackerman, DMD, MBA, FACD is the Director of Orthodontics at Boston Children’s Hospital where he practices orthodontics full time. He also teaches residents in pediatric dentistry for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Clinically, he specializes in the orthodontic treatment of patients with dentofacial deformity, intellectual and physical disabilities and sleep disordered breathing. Dr. Ackerman has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in orthodontics and professional ethics and his monograph, Enhancement Orthodontics: Theory and Practice, was released in 2007 by Blackwell-Wiley. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 B.F. and Helen E. Dewel Award from the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics which is given annually to the highest-rated clinical research article published in the previous year. Dr. Ackerman was the Editor-in-Chief of Special Care in Dentistry Journal from 2013-2016.
Disclosure: Dr. Ackerman is a consultant to and receives consulting fees from SmileDirectClub, LLC.

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