Video Reviews

The following are two independent reviews as published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.  The first review was writen by editor Robert G. Keim, D.D.S. It covers the first 20 titles of our series.

Laboratory Techniques
Video Series. (entire set).

My approach to reviewing this video series was a little different from the usual. First, I viewed the videos for content, technical accuracy, and produc­tion quality--all of which are first-rate. They are easy to watch, minutely detailed in presentation, and explicitly thorough in covering their subject areas.
     The 27 videos require a total of more than 35 hours to watch. Each video has a similar format. Jay Tyler gives a brief introduction to the appliance to be covered, then constructs the appliance on camera. The exceptions are the first and second videos in the series, which cover the terminology used in orthodontics and the equipment requirements and costs of setting up a lab.
     It seemed to me that the videos were targeted at someone of at least average intelligence who is unfamiliar with the tech­nical aspects of orthodontic laboratory procedures. Presumably, this person could study the videos and then proceed to make acceptable orthodontic appliances after a few tries and a normal learning curve.
     I decided to test my hypothesis with a woman who I judged to be of above-normal intelligence -- my wife. She has done some denture lab work and has made positioners, but has never performed routine orthodontic lab work. I asked her to watch the first two videos, then I gave her impressions from a patient who needed a Hawley, and from another who needed a Herbst. I asked her to watch the applicable videos and then to make the appliances. Suffice to say that I am still married, and the appliances looked fine.
     My wife feels that by studying these videos, a person could set up an effective orthodontic laboratory. I agree. Some of Tyler’s hints were new and very helpful to me. Training the staff with the aid of this video series would allow almost any office to perform more lab work in-house. The series would also make a fine addition to the libraries of dental schools and technical colleges with orthodontic laboratory programs.

Editor, JCO 

The second review was written by editor Dr. Larry White exclusively about the video title In-Office Laboratory Tutor and was also published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.

In-Office Laboratory Tutor

20 minutes
Tyler Orthodontics, Inc.
(615) 944-9950

     Jay Tyler, in previous articles and instructional videos, has displayed an unusual understanding of orthodontic labora­tory techniques. Now he is joined by his wife and co-worker, Erin, in producing a first-rate educational aid for staff members who are just beginning to learn laboratory procedures
The first topic is mixing and pouring plaster models. The narrative and demonstrations give the viewer excellent information about this fundamental technique of the orthodontic lab. For a variation of the basic procedure--filling an impression that has bands in it--the Tylers suggest securing the bands to the alginate with a drop of super glue between contacting surfaces.
     Repairs of common appliance breakages are discussed and shown. The method of repairing retainer wires is particularly good, and can prevent having to remake an entire appliance.
     Adjustments of wire clasps and labial bows are also illus­trated. Viewers are reminded that wire fatigue is encouraged by repeated adjustments in the same areas.
     Chairside personnel who are being cross-trained, or anyone starting work in the lab, couldn't have a better or more friendly introduction than this video.

Editor, JCO

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