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.
ROBERT G. KEIM, DDS