Curriculum Overview

Sarver Institute is a continuing education and resource center for all dental and dental specialties. Designed to help you become a leader in your field.

How It Works

Sarver Institute’s curriculum is divided into three components:

  • Continuing education courses that bring new competencies and knowledge, including approaches from Dr. Sarver’s book.
  • The community connects you with faculty and other students in the Quad – where you can ask questions and share your own insights. On a traditional college campus, the Quad is the crossroads of the school. It’s where people get together to study, share ideas or just hang out and be social. It’s the same on the Sarver Institute virtual campus. Our Quad works a lot like a social media platform where you can interact with other members, discuss cases, interact with faculty, and more – but it’s all safe and HIPPA compliant on our Sarver Institute online platform.
  • World-renowned faculty open to all who need assistance on any particular aspect of a case during scheduled office hours. These exceptional professionals have been chosen because of their expertise in the field.

The combination of these three elements elevates Sarver Institute to a new level.

Why This Matters

Why take this course? Is this for eggheads, or is this something that might enhance your practice? There is a REAL CHANGE happening in orthodontics. In marketing terms, what is it patients want? Many of us think it is clear brackets or aligners-but in reality, most are simply trying to enhance their appearance. What is our professional adaptation to this demand? The Focus on smiles. They want their smile to SNAP! But it is more than that! It is the overall appearance which means we have to weave all the parts together to get a smile that fits in the face and projects. We want our patient to walk in a room and when they smile, have that smile fill up the room! Looking for marketing? How to talk to patients in a way that creates lifelong referrers because they recognize what they received.

Chances are, you were taught to look at patients based on the Angle paradigm. But the specialty is transitioning from the Angle Paradigm to the Soft Tissue Paradigm and Dr. Sarver has been on the leading edge of this change over the last 40 years. He invites you to join him on the journey.

Module1- Biometrics and the clinical examination

  • Outside-in approach
  • Why
  • Transition from Angle paradigm to the Soft tissue paradigm
  • The treatment planning flow chart-Goal oriented and protection o positive attributes
  • What to measure, in order, and how to measure
  • Altered active and passive eruption
  • Data from large study

Module 2: Expanded records in the era of the soft tissue paradigm

  • Photography
    • Expanded views from Standard 8
    • How to set up a facial photography system that enhances your practice
    • Special images
    • Black background
    • Overjet images
  • Radiography
    • CBCT- full field vs focal field

Module 3: TBA

Module 4: Classification of Appearance and Esthetics: Macro, Mini and Microesthetics

Module 5-How the Smile and Face Change with Time, why it is important, and how to plan for It (The growth, maturation, and aging of the face)

Module 6-The Checklist System for smile design-Smile Groupings Etiology and Treatment Options

Module 6.1:  The Gummy Smile

  • VME
  • short philtrum height
  • Short anatomic and clinical crown height
  • Excess gingival display on smile; retroclined maxillary incisors.
  • Excessive lip mobility

Module 6.2- incomplete incisor display on smile

  • Proclined maxillary incisors:  Extraction or tooth size reduction
  • Vertical maxillary deficiency
  • Counter-clockwise growth pattern
  • Short anatomic crown height due to attrition
  • Diminished smile curtain
  • Excessive proclination of upper incisors
  • Long upper lip

Module 6.3-Asymmetric smile

  • Hard tissue components
  • trauma-induced asymmetry
  • asymmetric skeletal growth
  • asymmetric incisor attrition
  • asymmetric altered active eruption
  • Soft-tissue components
  • asymmetric smile curtain
  • differential gingival heights
  • Altered passive eruption: correction after treatment completed
  • Altered passive eruption: correction before treatment started or completed
  • asymmetric gingival inflammation

Module 7: Microesthetics-Evaluation and treatment

  • Module 7.1-Fundamentals of the diode laser
  • Module 7.2-Gingival shape and contour
  • Module 7.3-Dental components-contacts, connectors, embrasures….
  • Module 7.4-Gradation-dimensional and tonal

Module 8: Maintaining positive attributes: The Smile arc

  • Profiles
  • Smile arcs

Module 9: Clinical Communication and Case Presentation

  • SNAP-Scripting, Nuances, Animation, Presentation
  •  The use of digital imaging for crystal clear conversation

Module 10: Bracket positioning for optimal esthetics -Individualized bracket placement strategies

  • Bracket placement to protect the smile arc
  • Bracket placement to improve the smile arc
  • Bracket placement to increase incisor display

Module 11: Art and Science of Smile Design using New Concepts of Smile Esthetics

  • Module 11.1-Smile projection
  • Module 11.2-Gradation

Module 12: TBA

Module 13: TBA

Module 14: Macro-esthetic evaluation and considerations

Module 15: The Smile Arc-types, visualization, orthodontic and interdisciplinary care

Module 16: Arch form and buccal corridors

  • Theories of arch form, esthetics vs. stability.
  • Broadened arch form and stability
  • Esthetic effects of broaden arch forms

Module 17: Buccal corridors

  • Skeletal maxillary expansion-adult and adolescent
  • Dental arch expansion and arch form

Module 18: 2D vs. 3D imaging-cone beam technology and todays treatment design-where does it fit?

Module 19: Localized and systemic joint issues in adults and adolescent patients 3-4 hours

Module 20-Bonded vs banded RPE and cases and their therapeutic difference

Module 21-Construction of the bonded expander appliance

Module 22

  • Myths-open bites have to be close as early as possible-not long
  • How to talk with patients 101