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Minor Orthodontic Tooth Movement

Course Director: Geoffrey Greenlee
Credits: 1
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring / 1, 2, 3, 4

Course Overview

Ortho 631 builds on the didactic principles learned in previous courses in orthodontics. This course is observation of clinical orthodontic treatment, including those minor problems suitable for treatment in the general practice of dentistry. Ortho 631 is the direct clinical application of principles of orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning with simple orthodontic appliances. Most treatment goals aim to modify tooth position in preparation for definitive restoration and/or periodontal therapy.

The student identifies a patient suitable for limited orthodontic treatment and refers the patient to the Department of Orthodontics for orthodontic records and treatment. The referring student tracks the progress of the patient and participates in the treatment planning particularly if there are pre-prosthetic needs. The student works with a graduate resident in the Department of Orthodontics to administer treatment and keeps an observation log. When treatment is completed, the student writes up the observation and presents the initial and final photographs. To obtain “Honors,” participation in the treatment, excellent skill and knowledge must be demonstrated and a case presentation written up.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Recognize and treat a limited tooth movement case suitable for the general practitioner or understand and observe the treatment of comprehensive orthodontic treatment
  2. Take and evaluate pre- and post-treatment orthodontic records
  3. Complete a diagnostic work-up
  4. Complete a treatment plan

*last updated: 2017-10-20