This major is a program that focuses on the advanced study of the guidance of growing dental structures and the correction of misalignments, disproportionate growth, and traumas caused by genetics, disease, injuries, and dysfunctional behaviors.
Includes instruction in craniofacial growth and development, malocclusion, design and fabrication of orthodontic appliances, craniofacial alignment, physiological function and analysis, cephalometrics, model analysis, space analysis, surgical orthodontics, cleft lip and palate, and treatment planning and management.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Orthodontics/Orthodontology Major?
If you choose to pursue a career as an Orthodontist, you will be diagnosing and correcting problems your patients have with their jaw and teeth. This includes dental appliance and retainer work and teeth straightening with braces. Your population of patients will include adults and children though you may choose to specialize in a specific age-range. Your path to licensing includes a postgraduate program and board certification.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Orthodontics/Orthodontology Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
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