Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics


As a leading postgraduate orthodontic program in USA, NYU has been spearheading the path of clinical excellence built on a strong foundation of evidence-based orthodontics. The program is 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. A unique and innovative aspect of our program is the career development option, which allows our postgraduate students to choose to focus their effort on either an education, research or clinic track. The postgraduate orthodontic program adheres to the Academic Standards and Policies for Advanced Education Programs in Dentistry.

Postgraduate (PG) students are involved in a range of courses, from basic sciences, craniofacial development and material science courses to more orthodontic-specific courses such as orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning, mechanotherapy, growth and development and orthodontic practice management.

While providing didactic education to the predoctoral dental students, our postgraduate students also engage in peer-to-peer teaching through our unique clinical team approach. PG students are expected to actively participate in diagnostic conferences and faculty presentations and lectures. Second and third year PG students are given the opportunity to apply for a track in education which will train them to become orthodontic teachers and educators. PG students who successfully complete the education track will be awarded a Certificate in Orthodontic Education.

Postgraduate students are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of all severities of malocclusion and spend the majority of their time gaining a vast clinical experience. Clinical exposure includes but is not limited to multidisciplinary treatment plans and working closely with the orthognathic surgery department and the craniofacial team. All PG students are mentored and encouraged not only to be ABO eligible but also ABO certified by graduation. All the graduating PG students have obtained ABO certification. Our PG students also consistently win national and international awards for their clinical excellence. Final year PG students have the option to pursue a clinic track, which enables them to gain additional skills in practice management through rotations in private practices.

All postgraduate students are required to complete a research project and thesis, which they present at graduation. The department has pioneered the effort to develop new methodologies to move teeth faster and safer. Our research is recognized not only nationally through awards and presentations, but also internationally, with our PG students presenting the department's research during the annual meetings of the International Association of Dental Research and the European Orthodontic Society. PG students who are particularly keen to pursue a career in academia or to gain a deeper insight into research are eligible to apply for the research track during the second and third year in the program. PG students who successfully complete the research track are awarded a Postdoctoral Certificate in Orthodontic Research.

The program is a full-time three-year program.

Completion of the CODA-accredited Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics satisfies the training requirements for eligibility for participation in the board certification process for the American Board of Orthodontics. Eligibility for dental licensure is based on pre-professional, professional and post-graduate training and varies by state/jurisdiction. Candidates should check the state/jurisdiction regulations for dental licensure for the state(s)/jurisdictions(s) in which they are seeking licensure in order to ensure that they comply with all requirements.

NYU College of Dentistry welcomes dentists and dental students who are interested in applying for specialty dental education to visit our programs. Visitors to the Advanced Specialty Education Programs at NYU College of Dentistry may attend lectures/seminars and may observe, but may not participate in, direct clinical patient care.

For additional information and application, interested individuals should email dental.ortho.observe@nyu.edu.

The Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Please visit the Commission’s website.


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NYU Dentistry also must abide by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) regulations "Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission by Covered Entities" (10 NYCRR 2.61). Please note: As of January 13, 2023, the information regarding the applicability and scope of DOH regulations is subject to change, as the regulations are subject to ongoing litigation between the state of New York and a non-NYU party. NYU is monitoring the status of the regulations and this page will be updated prior to matriculation of currently admitted students.

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For more information, please contact:

HeKyong Kang, DDS, PhD, and MSD
Program Director

Olivier Nicolay, DDS, MMSc
Chair, Department of Orthodontics

For Educational Visits/Observership Opportunities