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2023 Gerety Annual Symposium - Connecting the Dots

Modified: May 5, 2023 - 03:52 PM

August 18-19, 2023                

Annual Advanced Treatment Mechanics Symposium    

Connecting the Dots
Dallas, TX

The theme for this year’s Annual Symposium is Connecting the Dots. Connecting the Dots is a popular puzzle which requires that you connect the like-colored dots without crossing any lines, requiring much thought and planning. If we relate it to orthodontic treatment, each dot can represent a part or process of treatment. Dots are connected through a thought process that leads from one dot to the next; the outcome of one dot helps define the next dot and how the next dot works. We move from one dot to the next by asking ourselves questions, but you must ask the right questions to be effective. It’s the difference between seeing the dots and being able to connect them. We will begin this Update course by answering the most frequently asked questions relating to Case Finishing. Our instructors this year will be Michael Auld, Damon Huffman and Deb Ettle-Resnick. 

To fine tune and precisely detail orthodontic cases we must be willing to spend a little extra time, closely examine many minute details, and thoroughly understand the system of case finishing mechanics. We must discipline ourselves to have a vision of the 6 Keys to Optimal Occlusion and the components of a beautiful smile.  Our instructors will detail their vision for case finishing and share their cases with the participants. This 2-day program will focus on basic and advanced mechanics, from beginning to finishing procedures, as well as using the proper tools, in the right sequence, to best resolve the issues most effectively.  

While maintaining our core philosophy and mechanics, we will explore and expose developments in appliances, materials, and products as they pertain to some of our more advanced or complicated cases. Definite advantages and disadvantages have been encountered over the years and we will present these mechanics and define our guidelines for determining when one appliance may be indicated or preferred over another. This course is structured for the doctor that is currently utilizing the Straight Wire appliance, has a clear understanding of mechanics and desires an update in terms of current trends and techniques in orthodontics. 


Our Learning Objectives:

  • Big Bob's 7 Keys to Case Finishing Excellence
  • Earlier Early Treatment
  • Intercepting the Cause in Order to Prevent Many Malocclusions
  • Understanding More About Function and Form
  • Impact of AIrway and Dental Sleep Medicine on your patient's health and lives
  • All new emphasis on clinical mechanics for case finishing


Need Hands-On Instructions? 

Go diving for pearls with our instructors as they share their tips in small groups. Do you have a particular task or procedure that you would like to see demonstrated?  Bring your questions to the meeting and we will have demonstration clinics immediately following class on Friday and during the breaks.  Meet with the five instructors in small groups as they share their pearls with you.  This is an excellent opportunity to bring your cases for help or guidance.


Robert Gerety Case of the Year Award

We  invite each of our participants to bring a "best case" to present.  Each student case presented will be evaluated by our judges, and one winner will be awarded the Robert Gerety Case of the Year.  The winner will be presented with an engraved award as well as a lifetime membership to our website and 10 cases of brackets.  What a great promotion it will be for you to show off this beautiful award in your office!

Please choose your case carefully and bring to class with you the following required hard copy records:

  • Before and after of:  panorex, ceph with tracing, models, and pictures
  • Patient history/ID/information

We are looking forward to you sharing your success story with us!

About Our Instructors

Dr Debra Ettle-Resnick - Deb earned her Dental Assisting degree before graduating from the University of Minnesota with her DDS degree.  In 1992, she started five private practices in northwestern MN, where began incorporating Straight-Wire Orthodontics into her practices in 1994.  Deb is a current member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society.  In 2004, she was awarded her Diplomat status from the AOS, and she has served on their Board of Examiners. She is a multiple recipient of the Robert G. Gerety Case of the Year Award, which is presented as recognition for the highest level of clinical achievement in orthodontics.  We are honored to have Deb lead our Comprehensive Course team as Senior Instructor in Dallas.

Damon Huffman - Damon graduated from the University of Texas Dental School at Houston in 1994.  The following year he took Dr. Robert Gerety’s GP Comprehensive Orthodontic course.  This allowed him to incorporate orthodontics into his busy family practice.   In 20 years Dr. Huffman has completed over 700 orthodontic cases following Dr. Gerety’s Straight Wire techniques.  He has been an active member of the American Orthodontic Society and the Academy of General Dentistry.  Dr. Huffman received his Fellowship in the AOS in 2011,  his Fellowship in the AGD in 2013, and his Diplomate from the AOS in 2015.  In 2014, Damon joined our Comprehensive Course team and is an associate instructor in Dallas.  

Michael Auld - Michael graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2005, and is a 2009 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry where he graduated with distinction.  Michael joined his uncle's dental practice in McAlester, OK where he practices family dentistry. Michael completed our Comprehensive Ortho course in Tulsa in 2011 and immediately began incorporating the Gerety Straight Wire techniques into his practice.  Michael has returned to our class each year and has been an invaluable mentor to our first year students, and a contributor to our online forum.  We welcomed him  to our team as an Associate Instructor in 2017.

Where and When

Our course will be held in Dallas, TX at the Marriott Quorum Addison on August 18-19, 2023 from 9:00am - 5:00pm



For more information please contact us at 918-606-2809


Registration Information

Course: The 2023 Gerety Advanced Treatment Mechanics Annual Symposium  
CE Credits: 16 Total CE Hours  
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Straight-Wire mechanics   
Course Code: GERE2A23  
Tuition: Doctors -  $1095   Staff - $695  
Time: August 18 & 19 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   
Location: Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
14901 Dallas Pkwy
Dallas, TX  75254

We Look Forward to Seeing You in Dallas!