The Orthodontics program prepares dental graduates to manage the full range of dentofacial discrepancies which fall within the responsibility of the orthodontist. Current knowledge and research findings are applied to patient care in all age groups. A thesis is required. The degree awarded is a Master of Science, with orthodontics as the area of specialization. The master's thesis, based on original research, may focus on a number of topics in growth and development, as well as function of the stomatognathic system. Other areas for study include factors related to balance or imbalance of dental occlusion, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, materials relevant to orthodontic practice, biologic tissue response, and physical or social adjustment of patients.
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