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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 orthodontic appliances.

The student works with a graduate resident and/or faculty in the Department of Orthodontics to identify a suitable patient to observe.  The student reviews the diagnosis and treatment plan and helps to administer treatment over at least 4 clinical sessions.  The student keeps an observation log on their selected patient and when treatment is completed, the student writes up the observation experience.  Additional observation/patient care in the orthodontics clinic above the level needed to fulfill the written project requirement is encouraged.  This course is graded no credit, pass, high pass, or honors based on clinical performance and quality of written materials.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Understand and observe comprehensive orthodontic treatment; understand treatment biomechanics.
  2. Take and evaluate pre- and post-treatment orthodontic records.
  3. Complete a diagnostic work-up.
  4. Complete a treatment plan.

*last updated: 2023-01-19