UW School of Dentistry


Beginning Adjunctive Orthodontics

Raquel Capote and Siddharth Vora

2 Credits / Quarter 8 (Summer, Second Year)

Course Description

Lecture/laboratory instruction and indications for, and techniques of, simple orthodontic tipping, rotational and extrusive movements often necessary in preparation for restorative and periodontal therapy. This course is graded Pass (P), Fail (F) and Honors (H).

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge in the basic principles of beginning adjunctive orthodontics. The objectives will be for the student to be able to (1) obtain an accurate impression, (2) fabricate a diagnostic orthodontic study case, (3) take intra- and extra-oral patient photographs, (4) describe the basic mechanical principles of orthodontic tooth movement, (5) describe the appropriate use of removable appliances, (6) construct a clinically acceptable removable appliance, (7) construct a bonded lingual retainer, (8) place bonded brackets passively and ideally, and (9) perform a molar uprighting exercise.

Course Outline

Lectures include: orthodontic study casts; dental photography; mechanical principles in orthodontic tooth movement; removable appliances; construction of removable appliance; introduction to fixed appliances; direct bonding; band cementation; construction of 3-3 lingual bar; fabrication and ligation of archwires; molar uprighting anchorage for limited tooth movement; iatrogenic effects; debanding; retention; communication with specialists; and use of Invisalign appliances for minor tooth movements.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student is expected to attend lectures and laboratory sessions and demonstrate her/his understanding of the lecture topics and reading material through graded laboratory projects including: study models, photography, a lingual arch, placement of bonded brackets, a bonded lingual retainer, and a molar uprighting exercise.

Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 13: Assess the dentition to determine the need for orthodontic treatment.


  • Beginning Adjunctive Orthodontics, Orthodontics 522 (Syllabus)
  • Handouts

*last updated: 08/14/2014