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The mission of the Department of Orthodontics is to support the four purposes as stated in the Mission Statement of the University of Texas School of Dentistry.

  • The primary purpose of the Department of Orthodontics is to educate students to become competent health care professionals.
  • The scholarship of discovery, teaching, integration and application are high priorities and valued activities.
  • Patient care and service are particular strengths of the School of Dentistry and will be supported by this department.
  • The department will seek to develop within itself the qualities that will be critical in meeting the challenges of dental health education.

The ultimate goal of this program is to prepare orthodontic students to become board-certified orthodontists with outstanding diagnostic, treatment planning and clinical skills. The objectives required to meet this goal are to: provide a strong biomedical education that is supportive of the science of orthodontics; develop skills needed to achieve a high standard of excellence in patient record documentation; provide knowledge for interpretive diagnostic skills; develop proficiency in formulating detailed treatment plans that incorporate the goals of esthetics, stability and function; develop outstanding clinical skills from in-depth didactic, laboratory and clinical emergences; provide a historical background of orthodontic theory; instill current concepts, principles and techniques from classic and current literature review seminars; provide the knowledge needed to initiate and complete a research project for publication in a refereed dental journal; develop skills to critically review and evaluate experimental and statistical reports in the published orthodontic literature and imbue a knowledge of infection control and risk management techniques necessary for the clinical practice of orthodontics.

Determination of how these goals and objectives are met is accomplished in a number of ways. Assessment of student outcomes is accomplished in didactic and clinical courses. Monthly student clinical progress assessments are discussed at each staff meeting. Assessment of faculty outcomes are generated yearly and collected by the Office of the Dean.