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Orthodontics 1

Course Director: Burcu Bayirli 
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 2

Course Overview

This course teaches dental students about basic principles of pre- and postnatal growth and development integrated with the recognition, analysis, and treatment planning of problems encountered in dental and skeletal malocclusions.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Explain the etiology of malocclusion.
2. Explain the epidemiology of malocclusion.
3. Describe the major sites of growth and types of bone growth in the cranial base, nasomaxillary complex, and mandible.
4. Explain how the differential growth of the craniofacial components contributes to changes in size, shape, and proportions of craniofacial structures.
5. Describe the planes of space used in orthodontic diagnosis.
6. Describe changes in the dental arches that can be expected with normal growth in the jaws and the transition from primary to permanent dentition.
7. Discuss the role of space management in orthodontics.
8. List the advantages and disadvantages of serial extraction in the mixed dentition.
9. Explain the basis of the Angle classification of malocclusion and the characteristics of each classification.
10. Recognize normal and abnormal eruption patterns of teeth.
11. Explain the clinical significance of both arch length deficiency and excess in mixed and permanent dentitions using arch length analyses as needed.
12. Identify anatomic landmarks in cephalometric radiographs and analyze cephalometric data.
13. Explain orthodontic diagnosis within the antero-posterior, vertical, and transverse dimensions.
14. Discuss the role of surgery in orthodontic treatment for non-growing individuals.

UWSOD Competencies: C-03, C-27

Date last updated: 2024-01-03