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The concepts and implementation of this practice oriented handson self starter online course will allow any participant to choose the content / period of study that best suits his/her practice. The course covers the latest in fixed orthodontic treatment mechanics including MBT (Straight Wire) system. The course is designed in such a way that the participant can easily understand the basics and will confidently be able to incorporate fixed orthodontics in the general practice. This distance learning (correspondence) course in orthodontics has helped many dentist learn orthodontics from the comforts of their home/office. Hence this is the best orthodontic course for GPD’s and pediatric dentist and those dentist who want to know more about the straight wire (MBT) technique.


Yes. All you have to do is select the course best suited for you and pay the course fee. We will then send you the AFO Course-in-a-box package which contains the Course Manual, Lecture and practice videos, Typodont and practice materials and the basic instruments. The Course Manual is a handbook / ready reckoner providing you with just enough theory and the practical steps for use in most of the routine cases. You will read this first and then watch the Lecture Videos. Once you have done this, you are now ready to try it on the Typodont. Using the basic instruments and the practice kit, you will watch the step by step practice video and can then practice bonding, placing the wire etc any number of times on the typodont. You can then take photographs of the exercises you have done and send it to AFO for discussion of your doubts using the 5 – 10 hours of quality time you get with AFO Faculty. Now you are ready to start on patient cases! You can use the Case Discussion forum on the website (available to course participants only) to discuss each case with AFO Faculty and with all the AFO course participants from all over the world!

IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?This correspondence (distance) education, handson online programme is intended for GP dentists who have little or no experience in orthodontics and want to learn to incorporate it into their practices or progress from removable appliances to a comprehensive, fixed technique. This is a one-of-a-kind, hands-on course which will help you to increase your practice base.

This online correspondence (distance) education course allows you to study orthodontics on your own pace, at your own practice or home. Hotel, meals, and airline transportation costs add up when attending seminars, especially for those living away from the seminar location. Hence, the online course leads to significant savings. Through the online program, you can start the learning process at any time of the year, and no longer need to wait for the class-room based course to come to your City.

We have participants from every corner of the world, and they are able to learn orthodontics via our online program. Whether you live in a distant corner of the earth or a major metropolis, orthodontic education is now available to you at the click of a button.

The online course in orthodontics allows you to customize your learning to your budget as the course can be scheduled (see below) when you have the money to invest. You can start with Level I and continue to Level II and go for advanced Fellowship / Mastership and Diploma programs. Together with the free post course mentoring for 5 years, this is the ideal course for a busy practitioner. Additionally, you can join the class-room based course for tier advancement at anytime if you choose so. All online course participants receive special discounts when then take up the class room based courses held in New Delhi and Bangalore, India.


Topics covered are –

1. Introduction

2. Growth and Development

3. Biomechanics

4. Diagnosis of the Orthodontic Problem

5. Treatment Planning – Extraction vs Non-Extraction

6. The Straight Wire Orthodontic Theory

7. MBT (Straight Wire) Treatment Mechanics – Theory & Practice

8. Functional Orthodontics – Twin Block (only in Level II)

Sessions 1 & 2 consists of the above mentioned theoretical studies. Total duration is 100 credit hours.


9. Cephalometrics in detail

10. Wire-bending within the Preadjusted Edgewise Technique

11. Realistic Treatment Philosophy (RTPtm)

12. Mini Implants in Orthodontics

13. Self Ligation in Orthodontics

14. Tip Edge Technique

15. Begg’s Light Wire Technique

Sessions 6 & 7 consists of the above mentioned theoretical studies. Total duration is 100 credit hours.

Lingual and Damon Course are additional hours.


Dr Ravi Kumar, the Director of AFO and chief faculty, an alumnus of Government Dental College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India, has been interested in teaching, research and innovation in orthodontics. He has published many scientific papers and authored a textbook in orthodontics for the undergraduate student. He has also been awarded the National award in India for his work.

He started his orthodontic practice in 2002 with the Begg’s technique and switched to the MBTtm Straight Wire technique seeing the superior results and ease of practice. He started Academy of Fixed Orthodontics in 2004 for teaching orthodontics to GPD’s. He is the Founder President of Indian Society Of Orthodontics For General Practitioners

He has lectured throughout the world in orthodontics and his online self starter courses are very popular. He has also developed a short course interdisciplinary treatment method, using orthodontics, prosthodontics and endodontics, ideally suited for adult patients, called the Realistic Treatment Philosophy (RTPtm) and is presently engaged in popularizing this. As the Director and chief faculty at AFO, his motto is to impart practical education in orthodontics to those interested in its practice. He says “Practical orthodontics, like in routine practice, is easy, especially so if planning for anterior correction with short course treatments in adults.” He is also an expert in the Lingual STB system and has included it in his taught subjects.

Dr Ravi Kumar being awarded the National Award for Innovation by late Shri Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India.

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Take the Level I online orthodontics course now and attend the Classroom course for free. T&C Apply
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Academy of Fixed Orthodontics (AFO) is a research and continuing education institution started by Dr. Ravi Kumar in 2004 to promote fixed orthodontics education and popularize his Realistic Treatment PhilosophyTM.  AFO India and affiliate centers, in partnership with AFO New York and American Academy of Advanced Dentistry (AAAD), provides the latest Orthodontic and Dental Specialty courses to the discerning dentist! Our Fellowship courses comes with 5 year Free Post-Course Mentoring (hand holding) to make your orthodontic practice a great success! All AFO course participants can convert to AFO New York certification by paying 1000 USD additional for an international certificate! We also have Self starter online courses in Labial and Lingual orthodontics which comes with Course Videos and Course Manual in the AFO-Course-In-A-Box!

1. Online Orthodontics Courses, Seminars and Self Starter handson training in Orthodontics

2. Long term 1  year Orthodontic Fellowship Course in New Delhi, India (Clinical)

3. International Orthodontic Course for General Dentist in Bangalore and New Delhi, India

4. Straight Wire Seminars, & Orthodontic Handson Training Workshops (Basic and Advanced) ...

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