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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
  • Zameera Fida, DMD
  • Marc Ackerman, DMD, MBA
Peer Reviewer(s): Veronica Powers, DMD
Item#: L0795
Contents: 1 Course Book (38 pages)
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Managing Malocclusions in the Developing Dentition

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Item # L0795
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Release Date: November 23, 2016

Expiration date: November 22, 2019


The mixed dentition is a time in dental development when many potentially severe malocclusions may be intercepted. It is important that dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants recognize these developmental problems and institute timely treatment, either personally or by referral to an orthodontist, to minimize malformation. Although intervention may modify a developing malocclusion, and at times eliminate it, malocclusion may still develop due to underlying problems that cannot be addressed at the time of treatment and/or future genetic and environmental pressures. Thus, although intervention may prevent a specific aspect of a malocclusion, this intervention is undertaken with the full knowledge that additional problems may occur and that future treatment may be necessary. In addition, some developmental conditions may benefit from intervention, while others may not.

This basic-level course discusses each of the malocclusions listed in the 2014 American Association of Orthodontists publication “Problems to Watch for in Growing Children” and makes suggestions for reliable and realistic therapeutic interventions. Appropriate for all dental professionals, the course discusses the etiology of malocclusions in the developing dentition, including oral and nonnutritive habits, and discusses the management of these malocclusions.



AGD Subject Code: 430
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.



Course Objectives

  • Identify the etiology of malocclusions in the developing dentition, including oral and nonnutritive habits.
  • Discuss the management of malocclusions in the developing dentition.


Zameera Fida, DMD, is the director of Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and a full-time staff member at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is board certified by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She received a BS in nutritional sciences from the University of Florida, where she conducted research analyzing the growth and diet of pediatric HIV patients. Dr. Fida received her DMD from HSDM, where her research involved the nutritional intake of children with and without severe early childhood caries. She received her certificate in pediatric dentistry from Boston Children’s Hospital, where her research focused on caries and adolescents’ intake of sugar-sweetened beverages. She is the course director and lecturer for the “Treatment of the Child and Adolescent” course at HSDM, which contains a comprehensive curriculum for dental students on managing patients – including those with special healthcare needs – throughout infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Dr. Fida is a reviewer for Pediatric Dentistry and Journal of Dental Education and is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and Massachusetts Dental Society. Her current research interests include trauma, dental education, and caries prevention.

Marc Ackerman, DMD, specializes in the orthodontic treatment of children with dentofacial deformity, intellectual and physical disabilities, and sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Ackerman received his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1998 and his certificate in orthodontics from the University of Rochester-Eastman Dental Center in 2000. In 2009, Dr. Ackerman completed his MBA in executive leadership at Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business. Dr. Ackerman is the director of orthodontics at Boston Children’s Hospital and teaches residents in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.


Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.