• Thomas E. Southard



  • Andrew C. Lidral, Thomas E. Southard, Robert N. Staley

Associate professors

  • Veerasathpurush Allareddy, Steven D. Marshall

Assistant professors

  • Michael Callan, David A. Jones, Clayton Parks, Sreedevi Srinivasan, Lina Maria Moreno Uribe

Professors emeriti

  • John S. Casko, William Olin
Professional certificate: orthodontics
Graduate degree: M.S. in orthodontics
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The Department of Orthodontics educates predoctoral, professional, and graduate students for careers as practicing dentists, orthodontists, researchers, and teachers. It delivers state-of-the-art treatment to its patients—adults, children, and adolescents with a range of orthodontic, craniofacial, and related issues. The department also conducts major research programs and receives significant funding from the National Institutes of Health.

D.D.S. Student Training

The Department of Orthodontics prepares Doctor of Dental Surgery students to competently recognize and diagnose malocclusions of the teeth. Lecture courses guide D.D.S. students in learning basic concepts of dental and facial growth as well as treatment-oriented subject matter. In a laboratory course, students take and evaluate diagnostic records and fabricate treatment appliances.

Graduate and Professional Programs of Study

  • Master of Science in orthodontics
  • Certificate in Orthodontics

The graduate program and the professional clinical specialty program in orthodontics prepare competent individuals to practice orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The programs' objectives are to provide students with an in-depth education in biological and biomechanical principles related to orthodontics; to teach students to diagnose, plan, and deliver comprehensive orthodontic health care service; and to develop students' research and service skills.

Opportunities are available for research and independent study in the department, and there are special facilities for research in biomechanics and craniofacial growth. Interaction with other departments provides learning and research opportunities in surgical orthodontics, cleft lip and palate treatment, speech pathology, animal experimentation, and human growth.

Master of Science and Certificate

The Master of Science program in orthodontics requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must satisfactorily complete a thesis based on an original research project to qualify for an M.S. in addition to the Certificate in Orthodontics.

Satisfactory completion of 24 months of intensive study, including lecture courses, seminars, clinical practicum, and a research paper, qualifies students to receive the Certificate in Orthodontics.


Applicants must have a D.D.S. degree or equivalent and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. Application deadline is September 1 for entry the following July 1. Applicants are required to come to the University for interviews with department faculty.


For D.D.S. Students

ORDN:8215 (089:115) Growth and Development1 s.h.
Normal human growth and development; emphasis on craniofacial region.
ORDN:8235 (089:135) Orthodontic Laboratory1 s.h.
Limited care case diagnosis and treatment.
ORDN:8236 (089:136) Orthodontic Treatment1 s.h.
From patient management to use of appliances for correcting some malocclusions in the general practitioner's office.

For Graduate and Certificate Students

ORDN:5200 (089:200) Control Theory and Craniofacial Morphogenetic Systems1 s.h.
ORDN:5201 (089:201) Orthodontic Theory: Diagnosis and Treatment Plan2 s.h.
Diagnosis, treatment planning implementation.
ORDN:5202 (089:202) Diagnosis and Treatment Planning2 s.h.
Literature concerning orthodontic diagnosis; treatment of particular problems; case histories of patients treated in graduate clinic.
ORDN:5203 (089:203) Advanced Orthodontic Techniquearr.
Skills for treatment of disfiguring malocclusions; use of edgewise biomechanical therapy; laboratory focus on typodont exercises.
ORDN:5204 (089:204) Biomechanicsarr.
ORDN:5205 (089:205) Facial Growth1-2 s.h.
Theories, processes; use of accepted facial growth concepts in treatment of individuals with malocclusions during active growth period.
ORDN:5207 (089:207) Case Analysisarr.
Literature on diagnosis, treatment of mixed dentition patients; case histories of patients treated by serial extraction procedure.
ORDN:5209 (089:209) Orthodontic Practicumarr.
Clinical practice.
ORDN:5210 (089:210) Orthodontic Seminararr.
Evaluation, discussion, criticism, defense of diagnostic and treatment approaches to orthodontic cases that need, are undergoing, or have completed orthodontic treatment.
ORDN:5217 (089:217) Cephalometricsarr.
Use of skull X‑ray (lateral and/or postero‑anterior) in formulating orthodontic diagnosis, treatment plans for malocclusions; cephalometrics as a tool for craniofacial structure research.
ORDN:5220 (089:220) Craniofacial Anatomyarr.
Literature on anatomy, phylogeny, ontogenesis, physiology of craniofacial structures.
ORDN:5221 (089:221) Surgical Orthodontic Seminar1 s.h.
Evaluation, discussion, criticism, defense of diagnostic and treatment approaches to orthodontic cases that need, are undergoing, or have completed surgical‑orthodontic treatment.
ORDN:5400 (089:400) Dental Treatment of Maxillofacial Deformities2 s.h.
ORDN:5700 (089:310) Orthodontics Clinic0-1 s.h.
Clinical experience in orthodontics clinic.
ORDN:6211 (089:211) Problems: Orthodonticsarr.
ORDN:6212 (089:212) Research: Orthodonticsarr.
ORDN:6215 (089:215) Orthodontic Journal Clubarr.
Current biological, technical publications.
ORDN:6216 (089:216) Practice Managementarr.
Business management of orthodontic practice; solo practice, associateship, partnership, practice corporation.
ORDN:9300 (089:300) Orthodontic Certificate Program0 s.h.
Clinical and didactic education toward eligibility for board certification in orthodontics.