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Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

Course Descriptions

Orthodontics 753. Principles of Orthodontics.

Orthodontics 754. Orthognathic Surgery.

The fundamental diagnostic and treatment features of maxillofacial, developmental, and acquired deformities treated by orthognathic surgery are presented by faculty from oral and maxillofacial surgery and orthodontics. Preoperative and postoperative orthodontics as well as the spectrum of corrective surgical procedures are also presented. Correction of occlusal dysfunction and skeletal disharmony in both jaws in all three planes of space is included.

Orthodontics 755. Introduction to Master's Thesis Research.

Orthodontics 757. Proffit Review Course.

Orthodontics 759: Biology of Tooth Movement

This course will cover the histologic, cellular, and molecular basis for orthodontic tooth movement, root resorption and dentofacial orthopedics using historic and current findings in general bone biology, orthopedics and orthodontics.

Orthodontics 760. Clinical Orthodontics
Clinical Faculty

Clinical experience treating orthodontic patients with a variety of problems is provided.

Experience is gained using standard edgewise appliances as well as preadjusted appliances. Experience using functional appliances such as the Herbst, Twin Block, and the MARA appliance is attained. In addition, various orthopedic appliances, including the facial mask, rapid maxillary expander, and the chin cup may be incorporated into specific treatment protocols. Patients are treated in the Robert W. Browne Graduate Orthodontic Clinic each weekday afternoon.

Orthodontics 761. Orthodontic Techniques

This course includes lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences to teach theory, construction, and manipulation of the wide variety of appliances used in orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic therapy. Principles of banding and bonding are stressed, as is the use of fixed and removable auxiliary appliances including functional appliances and rapid maxillary expansion. The participant also will be introduced to presentation and other computer technology, including PowerPoint, Photoshop, Endnotes, as well as various morphing programs.

Orthodontics 762. Seminar in Orthodontics

A wide variety of topics are presented that are based on the private practice and university experience of the clinical faculty. These topics include:

• Diagnosis: The principles of orthodontic diagnosis are taught in a systematic fashion and

applied to patients under treatment.

• Treatment Planning: Orthodontic treatment is taught using the records of patients being

treated in the clinic as well as those treated previously.

• Case Assessment: Methods are taught to critically evaluate the response of patients to


• Orthodontic Problem Solving: Specific methods of addressing common orthodontic

problems and how they may be solved are discussed.

Orthodontics 764. Treatment of the Dentally Compromised Patient

This interdisciplinary course is for graduate students in orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and restorative dentistry. The treatment of patients with complex dental and skeletal problems that require input from a variety of dental specialties is considered. The teaching format includes formal lectures, case presentations, spontaneous discussions, and resident presentations on interdisciplinary topics.

Orthodontics 765. Review of Current Literature.

A review of articles appearing in orthodontic and related journals is presented using a seminar format.

Orthodontics 766. Research in Orthodontics. Thesis Course.

A global course that encompasses the research efforts of the resident during topic identification and thesis preparation. The research project will be supervised by a faculty member of the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry or from another department. The topic of the research must be approved by the thesis committee of the orthodontic resident.

Orthodontics 769. Orthodontic Biomechanics.

A study of the principles of biomechanics as applied to orthodontic treatment. Special emphasis is placed on relevant aspects of biomaterial science, principles of mechanics applied to the analysis of force delivery systems, and the biologic response of tissues to applied forces.

Orthodontics 770. Principles of Occlusal Development.

The establishment, maturation, and maintenance of dental occlusion. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of occlusal development and facial growth. The etiology of malocclusion is discussed.

Orthodontics 771 : Adolescent Psychology

Patient cooperation is a must with orthodontic treatment. Various techniques to motivate and enhance patient cooperation are available; however recognizing which technique is most appropriate for the patient you are treating is essential. Background information into patient motivational assessment methods is covered. In addition, multiple evidence based methods techniques of patient motivation are discussed.

Orthodontics 772. Introduction to Cephalometrics.

An introduction to the measurement of the lateral and posteroanterior head film is provided. This lecture and laboratory course introduces the student to various methods of cephalometric analysis.

Orthodontics 773. Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment Planning.

This course is intended for second-year orthodontic graduate students but may be also taken by other graduate students who have completed specialty training in orthodontics. A comprehensive review of the principles and practices of orthodontic treatment will be provided. In addition, the participant will prepare and three finished orthodontic case reports in the format required by the American Board of Orthodontics. Basic and applied principles of photography and advances in computer technology are integral to this course.

An introductory course on gathering diagnostic records leading to the diagnosis and treatment planning of the orthodontic patient.

Orthodontics 777. Methodology and Problems in Clinical Research.

An advanced course for orthodontic graduate students in which the nature of hypothesis testing, the process of clinical decision making, and the statistical methodology to be employed in each student’s thesis research is discussed.

Orthodontics 778. Management of Children with Craniofacial Anomalies

Patients are seen in both Mott’s Children’s Hospital and in the Robert W. Browne Orthodontic Clinic. This course combines the orthodontic treatment of patients with craniofacial anomalies with the comprehensive team treatment provided by the University of Michigan Craniofacial Anomalies Team.

Orthodontics 779. Practice Management

The course consists of an alternating series of classroom seminars and visits to the private practice offices of adjunct orthodontic faculty members. From the lecture series, residents will be able to understand the basic principles of starting an orthodontic practice versus entering into an existing practice. Seminars will address such topics as developing a financial office plan, legal implications of contracts, practice valuation and many other topics relevant to building and maintaining a practice.

Orthodontics 780. American Board of Orthodontics Phase II Review Course

A comprehensive review of fundamental principles and subject matter relating to the science and practice of orthodontics. The purpose of the course is to integrate core information in the field of orthodontics and serve to assist in the preparation for the Phase II examination of the American

Board of Orthodontics, the only certifying board for our specialty.

Orthodontics 781: Treatment in Progress

Class consists of case presentations with pre-treatment and progress records. A detailed discussion of diagnosis, treatment plans (pros/cons), treatment choice and rationale, treatment mechanics, progress and outcomes to date is performed. The selected cases are reviewed critically to assess the effect treatment planning, treatment mechanics, and patient compliance has on the treatment outcome.

Orthodontics 783: Imaging in Orthodontics

Orthodontics 798. Special Projects in Orthodontics.

Special research projects can be undertaken with approval of the instructor.

History of Orthodontics 756

A survey of orthodontics, the oldest dental specialty is led in a seminar format. The development of various techniques, theories, and practices of orthodontics and the leading historical figures including Angle, Case, Broadbent, and Tweed are discussed.

Orthodontics 782. Temporomandibular Disorders

Clinical and didactic session.

B. Core Curriculum Offered by Other Programs

Biomat 577 Mechanics of Orthodontic Materials

Developing an understanding of the mechanical properties of the various orthodontic materials enables the student and practitioner to make treatment decisions from a logical and scientific perspective. The properties that make one wire better for a given situation may make the same wire worse for other clinical situations. An understanding of stress, strain, and other mechanical properties will be discussed to assist in getting the most from each wire.

Dent Ed 602 Neural Basis of Oral and Facial Function

Dent Ed 603. Craniofacial Development and Growth.

An examination of the predominant theories, concepts, and methods used in the study of human ontogeny. Special emphasis is given to the analysis of craniofacial biology.

Dent Ed 610 Research Methods in Graduate Oral Health Sciences

This introductory course starts the student through the process of developing and designing his or her research project. Course projects include developing a hypothesis, establishing specific aims to test, and formulating a materials and methods section. Some students will use the assigned projects to help them establish their research project for their Masters thesis.

Dent Ed 612 Molecular Biology in Clinical Dentistry

Dent Ed 614 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Ant/OMFS 555 Surgical Anatomy

Restorative 860 Advanced Topics in Orofacial Function