Orthodontics Curriculum and Schedule

Our orthodontics residents experience a comprehensive curriculum, including principles of orthodontics, cephalometrics, biomechanics, craniofacial biology, research methodology, appliance laboratory, statistics, anatomy, oral pathology, research design, oral physiology, cleft lip and palate, comparative appliances, occlusion and gnathology, orthognathic surgery, practice management and periodontic/orthodontic care.

Our residents receive clinical instruction and participate in orthodontic practice in the dental school's Redmond Family Orthodontic Clinic during seven half-day clinics per week, including four general orthodontic, one mixed dentition, one adult care and one surgical orthodontic clinic. Adult patients constitute about one fourth of a resident's caseload. Each resident starts 60 to 70 new patients and treats 80 to 90 transfer patients during their training. The program focuses on fixed appliance treatment employing the edgewise technique, although instruction permits a wide latitude of clinical variation based on patient needs. Each resident also starts eight to 12 patients with the Invisalign® appliance, for which the school conducted pioneering clinical research.

Residents also rotate through the school's Pacific Center for Orofacial Disorders and the Kaiser Craniofacial Panel. In addition, all residents have the opportunity to participate in a five- to seven-day mission for the care of craniofacial patients abroad.

Each resident engages in an investigative project and must complete an acceptable thesis to qualify for the master of science degree in dentistry. The thesis is submitted for publication in scientific journals.

Classes begin each July. Residents are scheduled for classroom and clinical instruction five full days (and some evenings) per week and full participation is required.

Academic Progress

Academic progress is reviewed quarterly and records are maintained by the Department of Orthodontics. Attendance and grading policies for this program, and access to the Student Appeals Committee, are generally the same for residents as for predoctoral students.