POSTURAL ORTHODONTICS
ADVANCED COURSE (Phase 1, 2 & 3)
AND MENTORING PROGRAM
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Please note: Before you're eligible to apply and enrol in the Advanced Course, you need to complete the '2-Day Introduction to Postural Orthodontics' Online Course. Register for the intro course here.
INTRO VIDEO TO THE ADVAnCED PROGRAM
The Advanced Course is by Application Only 
To Apply for Phase 1, 2, and 3, please click the button below.
It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete the application form. Dr Wong will review the application & we'll get back to you via email within 24-48 hours.
HOW THe 'PHASE 1, 2 & 3' ADVANCED PROGRAM WORKS

After your Advanced Course application is approved and you enrol in the 'Phase 1, 2 & 3' package, this is what's going to happen...

  • You'll get instant access to Phase 1 recordings inside our digital course platform, called "Teachable", where we house all the training.
  • You'll have to first complete watching the Phase 1 course (including the bonus Q&A sessions) before we unlock the Phase 2 course for you. Likewise, you have to complete Phase 2 before Phase 3 is unlocked. This way, it ensures you're following the teaching sequence as designed rather than jumping around inside the course.
  • ​When you complete a Phase, you have to email us at info@straightteethnaturally.com requesting your "Certificate of Completion" for the relevant Phase. We'll then issue you a CPD certificate for the phase you completed and manually unlock your access to the next Phase inside our digital course platform.
  • ​6 Months Additional Access To Our Postural Ortho Closed Facebook Group For General Q&A Support: Throughout the Phase 1-3 process, you can submit general questions (non-patient specific questions) related to the course content inside our closed Facebook group "The Postural Orthodontics Community" which is for paid members only. Dr Wong is moderating this group and answering questions inside.
Topic Summary: All the first 3 Phases of the Advanced Course
VIDEO SUMMARY of phase 1...
(PLEASE NOTE, ONLY THE RECORDED VERSION IS AVAILABLE NOW)
PHASE 1 WAS ORIGINALLY A 1-DAY LIVESTREAM IN 2020 WHICH HAS NOW BEEN RECORDED.
IT ALSO INCLUDES ABOUT 5-HOURS OF RECORDED Q&A CALLS.
BONUS MARKETING COURSE (us$2,997 Value)
Free Bonus as Part of Phase 1 of The Advanced Course
The "STAR Producer Mastery" video marketing program (which also includes social media marketing and how to advertise on Facebook) is created by Dr Wong's brother, Kean, who is Postural Orthodontics' head of marketing. Kean created this website and the videos and his private clients include Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, Gary Vaynerchuk and other established experts.
video SUMMARY of phase 2...
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(PLEASE NOTE, ONLY THE RECORDED VERSION IS AVAILABLE NOW)
PHASE 2 WAS ORIGINALLY A 2-DAY LIVE STREAM IN 2020 WHICH HAS NOW BEEN RECORDED. IT ALSO INCLUDES ABOUT 7-HOURS OF RECORDED Q&A CALLS.
VIDEO SUMMARY of phase 3...
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MAIN FOCUS OF PHASE 3 TRAININGS
Phase 3 was originally held live over a 3 month period (6 Q&A Zoom calls every 2 weeks, with 2 bonus sessions, so 8 in total) and was designed to be a 'preview' of Phase 4 live mentoring whereby students are allowed to submit private case studies for Dr. Wong's feedback. Only simpler 'expansion only cases' (mild skeletal malocclusion) were allowed to be submitted and in total 73 cases were critiqued via the Zoom calls every 2 weeks and Simon also made written comments inside the PowerPoint slides that were submitted with patient information for Simon to review (name and identities anonymized of course.)

You will get all the recordings of these 8 Q&A Zoom calls where Simon commented on each of the 73 cases and allowed students to ask further questions as well. The recordings and the PowerPoints of each of these 73 cases are available as part of this Phase 3 training. There are no live Zoom Q&A calls as such linked to Phase 3 anymore (only recordings of the previous live version of Phase 3.) Live Q&A Zoom calls on a fortnightly basis with Dr. Wong where you can submit private case studies for review are now part of Phase 4 and beyond.
EXAMPLE OF STUDENT'S SUBMITTED CASE STUDY (REVIEWED BY DR. WONG)
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DOWNLOAD CASE STUDY EXAMPLE 

As mentioned, you'll get access to 73 such case studies as part of Phase 3. Please note, these are "expansion only cases" (mild skeletal malocclusion). Orthotropic complex cases (moderate and significant skeletal malocclusion) are reserved for a later phase of training (Phase 5 and beyond.)
DOCUSIGN AGREEMENT: FOR NON-DISCLOSURE OF PRIVATE PATIENT CASE STUDIES
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After registering for this package (Advanced Course Phase 1, 2, and 3), you'll get immediate access to the Phase 1 recordings. You will also need to sign an electronic agreement whereby you acknowledge how as part of Phase 3 you will get access to the 73 private case studies as submitted by students (where the patient has been anonymized) and promise not to share these case studies with anyone.

6 MONTHS ADDITIONAL ACCESS TO A PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP FOR PAID MEMBERS ONLY
postural Orthodontics Community
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As part of the 2-Day Introduction To Postural Orthodontics Program you received 3-months Q&A support inside our close Facebook group for paid members only. However, once you enroll in this Advanced Ph 1-3 program, you receive an additional 6-months of Q&A support! In here, you can ask general questions that are related to the course material to Dr Wong and can also share thoughts & insights with other clinicians who are on the same journey to mastering Postural Orthodontics. 
HIPAA COMPLIANT PLATFORM FOR PATIENT CASE STUDY REVIEW BY DR WONG
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In Phase 3, you can submit up to 2 patient case studies, for Dr Wong's review during the live 2-hour Q&A sessions, in our HIPAA compliant online platform—we use a platform called 'Healthie'. The cases need to be relatively simple, expansion only cases. Submissions need to be made no later than 10-days prior to the scheduled live Q&A calls - see below for details. 

Please note, whenever you join, you will get access to the next 6 scheduled live Q&A Zoom calls.

Complex orthotropic cases: review of such cases are only available for students in later phases (phase 5 and beyond.) Once again, we have created a structured and systematic learning & mentoring process so as to not get into complex cases too quickly.
DOCUSIGN AGREEMENT: FOR HIPAA COMPLIANT PRIVACY PLATFORM
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After registering for this package (Advanced Course Phase 1, 2, and 3), you'll get immediate access to the Phase 1 recordings. You will also need to sign an electronic agreement to get access to our HIPAA compliant platform (which is very secure) where the live Q&A sessions are housed. You will be sent an electronic document (via DocuSign) to sign online: "Agreement to Participate in the Postural Orthodontics Advanced Course & Mentorship Programme". 

This online agreement essentially acknowledges that your submitted patient case studies for Dr Wong's review have received consent from the patient's family that you can use their records for educational purposes. We will also have specific guidelines regarding how to submit these cases (so to keep private your patient details and keep his/her identity anonymous etc.)  

Inside this platform, Phase 3 students will be submitting patient case studies for Simon to review. When you first join and if you're only up to Phase 1 or Phase 2, you will still be able to listen in on these live critiques of these cases being submitted by Phase 3 students. During these live Q&A calls, even if you're only at Phase 1 or 2, you can of course still ask general questions related to the course material.
interested in attending an 'in-person' 1-day clinical with dr wong?
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As part of this bundle (Phase 1, 2, and 3), you get access to a recording of 1-day clinical with Dr Wong (yet to be recorded due to COVID - but hopefully later in 2021 we'll have it.) However, if you want to also attend an 'in-person' 1-day clinical with Dr Wong at his clinic in Melbourne, email us at info@straightteethnaturally.com after you register for this bundle, and we'll let you know the additional pricing and how to schedule a time slot. We are constantly monitoring the COVID situation and will update everyone on this matter.
1-DAY CLINICAL:  If you can’t attend in person, you can get the 5-hour recording of a clinical session (with Dr Wong working on patients at his practice), Plus an Additional 2-hour Live Q&A via Zoom (in a small group of 12 people max.)
PLEASE NOTE: The recordings of the Advanced Course will be available for at least 2 years 
(or for as long as we will be teaching).
DATES OF LIVE ZOOM Q&A SESSIONS in 2021
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(The Rest of 2022 Session Dates Will Be Announced at the End of this Year)
  • ​Sunday, 13 June, 2021: Phase 1-3, 9:00-11:00 (Melbourne Time)
    (Phase 3 cases need to be submitted to Dr Wong by Thursday, 3rd June midnight Melbourne Time. He will critique them live on the Q&A call.)
  • ​Sunday, 8 August, 2021: Phase 1-3, 9:00-11:00 (Melbourne Time)
    (Phase 3 cases need to be submitted to Dr Wong by Thursday, 29 July midnight Melbourne Time. He will critique them live on the Q&A call.) 
  • ​Sunday, 10 October, 2021: Phase 1-3, 9:00-11:00 (Melbourne Time)
    (Phase 3 cases need to be submitted to Dr Wong by Thursday, 30 Sep. midnight Melbourne Time. He will critique them live on the Q&A call.) 
  • ​Sunday, 12 December, 2021: Phase 1-3, 9:00-11:00 (Melbourne Time)
    (Phase 3 cases need to be submitted to Dr Wong by Thursday, 2 Dec. midnight Melbourne Time. He will critique them live on the Q&A call.)
  • ​Sunday, 13 February, 2022: Phase 1-2, 9:00-11:00 (Melbourne Time)
    (Phase 3 cases need to be submitted to Dr Wong by Thursday, 3 Feb. midnight Melbourne Time. He will critique them live on the Q&A call.)
  • ​Sunday, 10 April, 2022: Phase 1-3, 9:00-11:00 (Melbourne Time)​​
    (Phase 3 cases need to be submitted to Dr Wong by Thursday, 31 Mar. midnight Melbourne Time. He will critique them live on the Q&A call.)​​​

    ​​* Whenever you join, you will get access to only the next 6 scheduled Q&A sessions for Phase 1-3 students.

    ​Please note, as a general rule, if you are in Phase 3 and are eligible to submit expansion only case studies for review, they need to be submitted no later than 10 days prior to the scheduled call in order for Dr Wong to have sufficient time to prepare and go over the cases LIVE during the Q&A Zoom calls.
PLEASE NOTE: The recordings of the Advanced Course Phase 1, 2, & 3 will be available for at least 2 years 
(or for as long as we will be teaching).
PRICING SUMMARY
REGISTration options
The Advanced Course Phase 1, 2, & 3 is by Application Only
Before you enrol in Phase 1, 2, & 3, you need to apply here. It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete the application form. After submitting your answers, Dr Wong will review them and get back to you via email within 24-48 hours.
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PHASE 1
RECORDING OF LIVE STREAM
 (Which Originally Took Place 
on 17th May 2020)
 
 
  
 
  
 
$1,100
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PHASE 1: RECORDING OF 17TH MAY LIVESTREAM
PRACTICE MANUAL (PHASE 1 ONLY)
2 BONUS LIVE Q&A SESSION (SAT 30 MAY & 13 JUNE, 10am-12pm, melbourne time)
STAR PRODUCER MASTERY MARKETING COURSE (CHECK IT OUT) ^
 
PHASE 2
RECORDING OF LIVE stream
 (Which Originally Took Place
on 28th June & 26th July 2020)
 
 
  
 
 
  
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PHASE 2: REc. OF 28 JuN & 26 jul livestreams
PRACTICE MANUAL (PHASE 2)
BONUS LIVE Q&AS ON 3 SATURDAYS, 12TH JUL, 16TH AUG, 30TH AUG, 9AM – 11AM (MEL. TIME)
 (NOTE: THE RECORDINGS WILL BE AVAILABLE WITHIN 1 WEEK OF THE LIVE STREAM)
 
PHASE 1, 2 & 3
 
online RECORDed course

REGULAR US$3,997 
(or 3 Payments OF US$1,497)
  
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Recording of Phase 1, 2, & 3 Livestreams, Plus RECORDINGS OF THE FOLLOW UP Q&A CALLS
​Recording of 1-Day Clinical with Dr Wong Working on His Patients (Not Recorded Yet Due to COVID. The Recordings Should Be Available Hopefully Later in 2021)
As Part of Phase 3: You Will Get Access To A Vault (73 Cases) Of Student Submitted Case Studies Personally Critiqued By Dr Wong (NOTES INSIDE POWERPOINT SLIDES & ON RECORDED ZOOM CALLS) THAT HAVE BEEN Classified Into 10 Categories (Class I, II, III, Open Bite etc)
Practice Manuals (Phase 1, 2, 3)
6-MONTHS OF ADDITIONAL ACCESS TO THE PRIVATE Facebook Group (Postural Orthodontics Community) where you can submit general questions related to the course curriculum
Bonus Marketing Course: STAR Producer Mastery PLATINUM EDITION (20+ HOURS OF TRAINING ON VIDEO MARKETING & FB Ads)
63 Hours of Scientific CPD TRAINING
20 Hours of Non-Scientific CPD

PHASE 3
LIVE CLINICAL 
& 3 MonTHS OF MENTORING
 
 
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​1-Day Practice Visit at Dr Wong's Clinic (A$1500 value)*
​Recording of the ~5-Hour Clinical Session with Dr Wong Working on His Patients
​Live Post-Clinical 2-Hour Q&A Call via Zoom with Dr Wong (in a Small Group of 12 People Max-Will Be Recorded As Well)
​Mini-Mentorship Program: 6 x 2-hour Live Q&A Zoom Calls with Dr Wong Over 3 Months Starting Sunday, 13th September, 9am-11am Melbourne Time (Will Be Recorded As Well)
​Review of Your Patients' Case Records by Dr Wong During the Q&A Calls (You Must Keep Your Patients' Identity Private)
​HIPAA Compliant Online Group Environment Where Dr Wong Will Respond to Cases and Questions Each Week in Addition to the Live Q&A Sessions (Which Will Take Place Every 2 Weeks)
​Practice Manual (Phase 3)
​​19.5 Hours of Scientific CPD
 
PHASE 3
RECORDING OF CLINICAL
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​Recording of the ~5-Hour Clinical Session with Dr Wong Working on His Patients
​Live Post-Clinical 2-Hour Q&A Call via Zoom with Dr Wong (in a Small Group of 12 People Max-Will Be Recorded As Well)
​Mini-Mentorship Program: 6 x 2-hour Live Q&A Zoom Calls with Dr Wong Over 3 Months Starting Sunday, 13th September, 9am-11am Melbourne Time (Will Be Recorded As Well)
​Review of Your Patients' Case Records by Dr Wong During the Q&A Calls (You Must Keep Your Patients' Identity Private)
​HIPAA Compliant Online Group Environment Where Dr Wong Will Respond to Cases and Questions Each Week in Addition to the Live Q&A Sessions (Which Will Take Place Every 2 Weeks)
​PRACTICE MANUAL (PHASE 3)
​​19.5 HOURS OF SCIENTIFIC CPD

  
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Live Stream: phase 1
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PHASE 1: RECORDING OF 17TH MAY LIVESTREAM
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STAR Producer Mastery (Marketing course***
  
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PHASE 1: Recording of 17th May Livestream
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STAR PRODUCER MASTERY (MARKETING COURSE***
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PHASE 2
Live Stream from Melbourne
28th June & 26th July (8:30am-5:30pm)
(Includes Event Recording)
 
 
  
 
 
  
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PHASE 2: Sun. 28th JUNE & SUN. 26th JULy LIVESTREAMS (8:30AM-5:30PM, Melbourne Time)
RECORDING OF 28 JUN & 26 JUL LIVESTREAMS
PRACTICE MANUAL (PHASE 2)
BONUS Live Q&As On 3 Saturdays, 12th Jul, 16th Aug, 30th Aug, 9am – 11am (Mel. Time)
Please note: The recordings of the Advanced Course will be available for at least 2 years (or for as long as we will be teaching).

After registering for this package (Advanced Course Phase 1, 2, and 3), you'll get immediate access to the phase 1 recordings only. Once you complete Phase 1 recordings, just email us at info@straightteethnaturally.com so we can confirm you’ve completed the training. After which we will send you a certificate for your CPD credits and manually unlock Phase 2 recordings for you (the same goes for each phase.)

You will get access to the bonus marketing course immediately emailed to you after enrolling to the Phase 1, 2, 3 package. All of our courses are accessible in one place. (You can review the marketing course here: starproducersecrets.com)

The "STAR Producer Mastery" video marketing program (which also includes social media marketing and how to advertise on Facebook) is created by Dr Wong's brother, Kean, who is Postural Orthodontics' head of marketing. Kean created this website and the videos and his private clients include Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, Gary Vaynerchuk and other established experts.

The registration buttons are temporarily deactivated as we're currently updating our website. You'll be able to register in few hours. Thank you!

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WHEN: 
DAY 1: Saturday 28 March 2020
DAY 2: Sunday 29 March 2020

Schedule for Both Days:
8:00am Registration* | 8:30am Start | 5:00pm Finish

*Just bring your ID or passport. 

WHERE:
Dental Education Centre
6/85 Bourke Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia

Note: The Dental Education Centre is about a 7-min drive from the Sydney Airport, and a 13-min drive from the Sydney City Centre.

🍎 Lunch, morning & afternoon tea provided.

🌞 What's The Weather Like in Sydney in March?

March is the beginning of autumn (March - May) in Sydney and the lovely weather means it is one of the best times of year to visit the city. Many tourists find the weather in autumn is the most pleasant of all the year.  

Throughout the month of March, the average daytime temperatures are around 22°C (72°F) in Sydney. Temperatures do vary but not greatly; high temperatures can reach up to 25°C (77°F) whereas the average minimum temperatures only drops to around 18°C (64°F).
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What happens after I enrol in the Phase 1, 2, 3 package?

You'll receive your tax receipt and a series of follow up emails.

Shortly after you register, you'll receive an email from "STAR Producer Academy" that will prompt you to create your password. As soon as you do, you'll get instant access to Phase 1 recordings inside our digital course platform, called "Teachable", where we house all the training.

Can I jump to Phase 3 content?

No. You have to first complete watching the Phase 1 course (including the bonus Q&A sessions) before unlocking the Phase 2 course. Likewise, you have to complete Phase 2 before unlocking Phase 3.

​When you complete a Phase, you have to email us at info@straightteethnaturally.com requesting your "Certificate of Completion" for the relevant Phase. We'll then issue you a CPD certificate for the phase you completed and unlock your access to the next Phase inside our digital course platform.

What happens after I complete Phase 1 and 2...and 3?

After completing Phase 1, 2 and 3, you can apply to join our Phase 4 program which is ongoing so you can join at any point in time. Phase 4 is a fortnightly mentoring program. Every 2 weeks you can submit up to 2 'expansion only cases' (mild skeletal malocclusions) of your private patients for Simon to critique via our HIPAA compliant, secure 3rd party platform called 'Healthie'. Every 2 weeks, Simon also runs a live Q&A Zoom call inside this HIPAA compliant environment for at least 2 hours (often 2.5 - 3hours) on Sundays starting at 9am (Melbourne Time.) You can enroll in such a program 3 months at a time and get the support you need accordingly. For more information about Phase 4 and other Phases, please click here.
further information about postural orthodontics
What are the learning objectives of Postural Orthodontics?
  • Evaluating facial growth patterns and a rational choice of diagnostic and therapeutic orthodontic treatment procedures in the developing malocclusion
  • Minimizing skeletal, dentoalveolar and muscular problems, by the end of the transition to the permanent dentition.
  • Simplifying and/or shorting treatment time for later corrective orthodontics 
Why learn Postural Orthodontics & the GOPex Method?
  • Improves facial harmony
  • Creates room for crowded teeth & increases tongue space
  • Reduces airway collapsibility
  • ​​Stabilizes orthodontic corrections
  • ​Helping the largely ignored market of 3-11 year olds
  • ​Makes it possible to have straight teeth naturally
Historically, orthodontic literature rarely advocates for Phase 1 therapies because very few have shown improvement over teenage fixed appliance protocols. 

Postural Orthodontics and the GOPex exercises is a new, innovative way of early intervention orthodontics that has been highly effective. Our approach, based on Orthotropic principles and foundations, addresses malocclusion based wholly on clinically trialled & proven methods. 

And when it comes to sleep disorder breathing and vital function health, new research points out the many great benefits of targeted early intervention—which is precisely the reason for our methodology.
Why the GOPex Method?
GOPex (Good Oral Posture exercises) are powerful and effective in improving airway disorders and compliance issues.

That’s because they strike at the very root of malocclusion. 

They are short (10-15 minutes), simple exercises that are easily incorporated into the family’s daily routine, truly helping patients change their habits—unlike the majority of myology programmes. 

We have also developed our GOPEX App. to optimize compliance. Using the app, parents can get direct feedback from the practitioner on their child’s exercise techniques.

Please download for free our GOPex book to learn more. Or you can purchase a copy on Amazon here.
Why the Postural Orthodontics system?
Postural Orthodontics is a unique approach to early intervention utilizing existing techniques (Orthotropic principles and appliances) and new methods and protocols that are evidence-based and results oriented.

Functional Orthopedics has been practised for almost 100 years. Most orthodontic systems use some form of functional expansion appliance, incorporating orofacial myology. 

Our orthodontic profession theorizes that bone growth can be stimulated by functional activity. Accordingly, conventional phase 1 appliances & exercises leverage functional movement, hoping to stimulate jaw growth.

But these treatments haven’t been proven effective in creating substantial, lasting changes. 

In fact, over the last 40 years of clinical trials, we have never been able to show significant clinical changes through any of the traditional phase 1 treatment systems. 

They move teeth around a bit better but don’t help the jaw to grow better.

The GOPex method primarily assists in improving the rest positions of the jaws & muscles. It’s considered posturally-focused, rather than functionally focused. This is a critical distinction because body growth happens only at postural rest, not in functional motion.

Over the past 10 years of research in clinical practice, we have generated hundreds of case studies showing significant results. 

The first 145 cases have been accepted for research evaluation at the University of Alberta, University of Valencia and Autonomous National University of Mexico.

Preliminary findings presented at the Summer meeting of Spanish orthodontics society 2019 by Prof José Luis Gandía - Franco from the University of Valencia in Spain, showed more than promising results.

We compared our Postural Orthodontics method with the standard twin-bloc approach (the most popular functional appliance) in a class-2, division-1 malocclusion case. 

We had 3 to 7-fold improvements over what twin-bloc could provide.

As expected, the functional appliances only affected the dental alveolar bone, with no skeletal change. Whereas our method resulted in improvements of 3.46 degrees in ANB (vs 1.37) and 1.92 degrees of reduction in Y-axis (vs .26). 
Each presenter has a different philosophy and technique so it becomes very confusing having to decide who is "more' right than the other and whose philosophy/technique to "buy into". What was your journey into Orthotropics and how is Postural Orthodontics different from other early intervention courses and techniques?
How It All Began
"I was first introduced to early intervention orthodontics through the Myobrace organisation, training with John Flutter and Chris Farrell in the early 2000s. My studies then led me to Steve Olmos on TMD/Sleep and then sidetracked onto ALF and Cranial osteopathy in Canada and the US. Next up was a very comprehensive traditional orthodontic continuing education programme in conjunction with John Mew’s Orthotropic work. I subsequently brought Prof. Mew over to Australia to teach.

I then began to travel on the CE train throughout the world, on a tight shoe string budget living in one of the furthest points on Earth (Australia) from the North American and European learning centres.

Excited as I was, it quickly became apparent my time with John, Mike and Bill Hang in California allowed me entry into Orthotropics but with a challenging map to the exit finish. John was always encouraging but insisted we put in the effort to discover for ourselves how these programmes develop and finish differently with each family.

Eventually through many years of trial and error I did work it out but I saw how everyone else who attempted this fell into the journey of potholes and to the very last count, to this day after 5 decades of John teaching, there are few who run full time Orthotropic practices. Whether it be the pressure from the local Orthodontic communities or just an inability to work through the difficulties of the middle point in Orthotropics, few have had the endurance or skill to achieve their goals.

About 7 years ago I realised my system of treating patients was working, consistently, predictably and profitably. I had documented my cases from the very beginning and realised my success rate was high. I developed guidelines for myself and my intake screening process that loaded the chances of achieving control of vertical growth in my favour. I shifted my practice and opened up a full time Orthotropic clinic and began the process of establishing clinical research into Orthotropics.

Soon after, through my collaboration with Dr Sandra Kahn (who co-authored GOPex with me) I started teaching, initially restricting my student intake to experienced Orthodontists and Pediatric Dentists in Europe and was allowed to create a module in the Orthodontic postgraduate programme at Uni Valencia. This paved the way for formal research in Spain and now Mexico and Canada (University of Alberta) where I have residents doing their thesis on my Biobloc Orthotropic (140+ consecutive) case series. The editors of Angle Orthodontics and American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics have shown interest and there hopefully will be publications in the near future, to validate John's work.
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My experience in teaching in Europe has highlighted how different Orthotropics is from any form of Orthodontics. I realised that success would only be possible with a complete back to basics education process with studies in understanding growth literature and controlled "hand holding" supervision of students. So in 2019, I made the decision to roll out such a programme – which I simply call ‘Postural Orthodontics’ that would take students down the path of Orthotropics but only via a safe passage through evidence based Orthodontic avenues.

The programme I devised would build foundation over a number of years. Beginning first, using John's Tropic Premise to modify accepted early intervention orthodontic therapies then developing experience using appropriately selected cases and well designed and produced appliances.
My programme is different to many early intervention courses. Typical early intervention programme I've attended has always pressed one overriding message of; "You can do it! You should do it! You owe it to the world to do it!" (Something along those lines.)

My goal is the opposite and is to throttle down all my students' enthusiasm, to minimize poor choices in case selection and set parameters that would only allow treatment to provide successful outcomes, every...single...time. The discipline needed for patients to succeed is always overshadowed and pales into insignificance compared to the discipline the doctor needs to say "NO" to the cases that are beyond their capacity.

The programme I have created, has been systematically spread out into multiple phases, an initial module of the 2-day Introduction to Postural Orthodontics (with an extra 10 hours of Q&A sessions that have been recorded as well) followed by a comprehensive Advanced program - Phase 1-3, all of which has been recorded and placed online for on-demand access...over 68 hours of further training combined with 6 live Q&A sessions spread out over the course of the year (which you can join at any point in time with the way we have structured our training.)

We also have an optional 1-day clinical (which will be recorded if you can’t physically come visit my practice) and other further advanced Biobloc Orthotropic training, weekly case study reviews of your patients and fortnightly live Q&A mentoring sessions for Phase 4 and beyond.
In order to provide the protection we all need now with the world pandemic, this training is now also available livestream and recording. I think it may be helpful to you to support you in your journey and I hope you will consider allowing me to share what I have learnt."

Dr Simon Wong
Founder of Postural Orthodontics
How I Got into Teaching and the Forwardontics Connection...
The path I took on my journey as a student of Orthotropics is well-trodden with my teachers the Mews and Bill Hang lighting and guiding the way forward. However, as dentists who venture into the land of early intervention orthodontics, we all seem to travel the same stretch of road. I suspect our experiences and lives play out with many similarities.

We walk along winding path, seemingly on our own, in isolated loneliness.

Many of us begin because we aren’t happy with how our children finish their treatments. We are unhappy as we have the underlying feeling, there should be "more". We are told though by those in the know; "That’s all there is folks. The hand you are dealt with is what you have to play with."

Hence we live in despondence. 

So when an outlier claims, they have "more", our interests perk. We stop, we listen, we watch and we are intrigued. We think; "Well it certainly looks like they are doing "more"! What if there is more?"

We look around and see the gathering of some of our peers. Like-minded, kindred spirits. Other dentists unfulfilled and looking for more. And we join these groups and immerse in the wonder of another way.

These teachers orate. They reveal the secrets of their discoveries. They fascinate. They show success. 

They encourage participation. 

And thus drawn are we. And in we follow. And we find purpose. 
Enthusiasms that we did not even know was within us and passions that ignite a new beginning.

Yet each and every one of us, within a blink of time, looks around and realise we are again alone. 

We start many cases but finish so few the ways we envisaged we would. The children whose faces continue to fall and fade from the ideal we promised haunts us. Questions arise and are sort from and by us but the answers remain elusive. 

We have all lived this. Yet I found fortune as on my way, I encountered another journeyman. 

Dr Sandra Kahn was like no one who was part of my normal sphere of life. A seasoned and accomplished Orthodontist based in a different country, living a different life, yet a traveller on the very same road, tracking on exactly the same path. 

At the point, I met Sandra I had already begun to develop my own methodology of care. It seemed I was already achieving a level of consistency in my treatment outcomes that should have created confidence but by nature, I am one always plagued by doubt. Immobilized by indecision and so locked in self-isolation.
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Sandra is my counterpart in character and personality. My two talents are the ability to recognise what is important and the capability of taking the complex and explaining it simply. Hers is the gift of drawing together the talented with the influential.

Together we formed an unlikely partnership and took GOPex (Good Oral Posture Exercises), a simple evolution of my grandmother’s culture of manners and presentation and formalized it into technology App that has the potential to remind all generations to come of what is possible… 

…of how we are meant to behave and who we are meant to be. 

Sandra took what was just a backwater experiment in my tiny clinic Down Under and launched it into the heart of the community of Europe’s oldest Orthodontic University and then onwards to those institutions of influence around the world. 

From my unwavering belief in John’s Tropic Premise and her decisive support of my contribution to our profession we launched her new model of primary dentition early intervention; Forwardontics. 

My focus has always been narrow-minded, myopic and techno-orientated. In the real world, this translates into; "Precisely arriving at a dead-end". 

My purpose was to travel John Mew’s road. Staying true and following without deviation. A seemingly noble endeavour but in practice, just another trip to a destination that no one else knows exists, nor cares about.

I could not see this of course so Sandra created Forwardontics to carriage the engine I had developed and transport our children into a future all of us deserve to arrive at.

What I do, take 8-year-olds who have grown in malformation and laboriously, painstakingly, unrelentingly, through long-suffering force out a semblance of harmony, has no appeal in today’s world. 

Forwardontics takes the egocentric doctor out of the equation of a child’s life and returns the responsibility of a child’s upbringing into the hands of those who truly care for their wellbeing, their parents. 

Sandra will revolutionize the lives of your children by refocusing your love into uplifting their posture in spirit. 

Postural Orthodontics is just my bridge to release myself of my attachment to my comfort zone of hard discipline. My way instils an underlay of strength but it has distinct tones of harshness to it and that folks, is a lonely existence and indeed not for everyone. 

At 51, I am who I am. No time soon will I be giving up my "carrot and stick" but for those who look to me for guidance, be glad the Forwardontics connection paves the path that encourages all of us to find our way home.
Left to right, back row: Prof. Jose Luis Gandia, Franco, Dr. Bill Hang, Dr. Mike Mew, Dr. Simon Wong, Dr. German Ramirez, Prof. Dror Aizenbud, Dr. Kevin Boyd

Left to right, front row: Dr. Sandra Kahn, Prof. John Mew, Dr. Maria Jose Munoz, Ms Esther Gokhale 
Left to right: Dr. Mike Mew,Dr. Simon Wong, Dr. Bill Hang, Prof. John Mew
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