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Orthodontics

Chair: Cristina Teixeira, DMD, MS, PhD
Associate Professor, Orthodontics, Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology

Postgraduate Program Director: Olivier Nicolay, DDS, MMSc
Cliinical Associate Professor, Orthodontics

Predoctoral Program Director: Mitchell J Lipp, BA, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor, Orthodontics

Overview

As a leader in predoctoral and postgraduate orthodontic education, the NYUCD Department of Orthodontics has been spearheading the path of clinical excellence built on a strong foundation of evidence-based orthodontics. We developed a competency-based instructional model based on thinking skills and built the first program to provide clinical training and experiences to predoctoral students in esthetic oriented orthodontic treatment using clear aligners.

Our postgraduate orthodontic program has been designed as an intensive and exciting three-year journey which aims not only to develop orthodontists but to develop leaders in our field, pioneers of a new generation of orthodontists.

The department is also pioneering research in orthodontics and tooth movement through CTOR, the Consortium for Translational Orthodontic Research. Numerous animal and clinical studies are underway, investigating ways to move teeth faster and safer and strengthen the bones of the jaws.

 


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PREDOCTORAL CURRICULUM

Comprehensive care requires the general dentist to recognize, identify, and manage all aspects of oral and dental diseases and disorders, including orthodontic and dentofacial problems. General dentists must have an understanding of the etiology and management of acquired and developmental occlusal abnormalities and dentofacial deformities for patients of all ages. The general dentist should also be able to counsel patients and consult with specialists to coordinate total oral health care. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills and the distinction between limited and comprehensive orthodontic treatment. The department works closely with the Consortium for Translational Orthodontic Research (CTOR), the only center of its kind dedicated to the rapid translation of research finding in to novel clinic applications and improved therapies.

Foundational information concerning postnatal facial growth, tooth eruption patterns and timing is presented with clinical applications. This unit is integrated with the basic science curriculum.  

Foundational information concerning diagnosis is presented. Students begin to apply this in the context of patient examination toward developing sub-skills for competence:

  • Reporting: Recognizing normal and abnormal conditions, identifying, analyzing information
  • Interpreting: Synthesizing information, investigating etiology, making decisions/ judgments based in reason and/or evidence
  • Managing: Deciding care strategies in the best interest of the patient, including no treatment, observation, or treatment
  • Educating: Counseling the patient about problems, management objectives, care options, risks and benefits of care options

Foundational information and experiences support knowledge and skills in esthetic oriented orthodontic treatment using clear aligners.

Students are also presented with interdisciplinary controversies in dental healthcare and explore disagreements and make/ defend decisions.

Students participate in a series of small group seminars where diagnostic topics introduced in the second year are further developed and reinforced. By reviewing the components of patient diagnosis in the context of simulated clinical case histories, students demonstrate competence in developing problem lists, treatment objectives, sequential treatment plans and alternative treatment plans. Specific attention is given to occlusal examination, evaluation of facial form and proportion, cephalometric analysis, diagnostic study cast analysis, and radiographic interpretation. Foundational information concerning topics that pertain to concepts and practice are presented. Topics include: biology of tooth movement, biomechanics, mechanotherapy and a variety of appliances used during and after orthodontic treatment.

Students diagnose and treat patients who could benefit from esthetic oriented clear aligner therapy under faculty supervision.  

Students with patients who could benefit from esthetic oriented clear aligner therapy have active clinical experiences under faculty supervision. Students are assessed for competence in management of malocclusion and skeletal problems and credentialed for graduation.

A select group of fourth year students participate in an Orthodontic Honors program. Through conferences, seminars, and clinical experiences, students develop more advanced knowledge and skills in managing orthodontic and dentofacial problems.  

    

    

    

RESEARCH

Our department is pioneering research in orthodontics and tooth movement through CTOR, the Consortium for Translational Orthodontic Research. Numerous animal and clinical studies are underway, investigating ways to move teeth faster and safer and strengthen the bones of the jaws.

Our most recent innovation is our newly patented method which is shown to accelerate tooth movement as much as 50% in early-phase clinical studies, safely and effectively.

If you are interested in learning more about the CTOR programs, whether it is an academic question or if you're interested in participating in one of our clinical trials, please visit www.orthodonticscientist.org >>>