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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

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Describe the etiology of malocclusion.
2. Describe 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 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. Describe the role of space management in orthodontics.
8. List the advantages and disadvantages of serial extraction in the mixed dentition.
9. Describe the mechanical principles and biological phenomena associated with orthodontic tooth movement; outline various categories of tooth movement.
10. Describe the basis of the Angle classification of malocclusion, and the characteristics of each classification. Recognize the general and specific factors that may contribute to the development of a malocclusion.
11. Describe the normal eruption patterns of teeth and recognize abnormal eruption sequences.
12. Perform arch length analyses of mixed dentition and permanent dentition, and explain the clinical significance of both arch length deficiency and excess.
13. Identify anatomic landmarks in cephalometric radiographs and analyze cephalometric data.
14. Explain orthodontic diagnosis within the antero-posterior, vertical, and transverse dimensions.
15. Describe the role of surgery in orthodontic treatment for non-growing individuals.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13, 14, 15

Date last updated: 2019-02-12