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Orthodontics clinic
ASDOH’s Postgraduate Orthodontic program is a 30-month program leading to a certificate in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics with an optional Doctor of Health Education degree (DHEd). The program provides a rich clinically-focused education where students are exposed to the most current techniques and practices in the field.  

Entry-way to Orthodontics clinicState-of-the-art equipment at The Center for Advanced Oral Health includes

  • Digital orthodontic models
  • Temporary anchorage devices (TADs)
  • Intraoral digital scanner
  • Digital orthodontic systems
  • Soft-tissue lasers
  • Lingual braces

Program details

Orthodontics clinicApproximately 60 percent of residents’ time is devoted to clinical treatment, 20 percent to seminars and small-group classes, and the remainder to independent research and teaching. The program also provides orthodontic care for the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul as a service to the community.

Patient care begins within the first week of the program and culminates with comprehensive case examinations at the end of the final year. Being part of The Center for Advance Oral Health and in close cooperation with the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program provides residents the opportunity for interdisciplinary seminars and treatment of complex cases.

Residents will

  • Attend monthly surgical seminars with Banner Good Samaritan OMFS residents.
  • Attend the Tweed Study Course.
  • Attend professional conferences.
  • Complete rotations in TMD as well as craniofacial rehabilitation, and
  • Complete a capstone research project in the field of orthodontics that will be suitable for publication in a major orthodontic journal.

The residents are also exposed to the Suresmile technique being taught by a faculty member who is a Suresmile teacher.   

American Board of Orthodontics preparation

Residents will take the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) examination prior to graduation and are strongly encouraged to complete the clinical examination and become board certified by graduation. To aid with ABO certification, residents will begin treatment on 10 board eligible cases within the first month of residency and will be expected to start an additional 50 cases in the first six months. In total, residents can expect to start approximately 70-80 cases, plus an additional 20-30 transfers during their 30-month residency.


ASDOH’s postgraduate orthodontic Class of 2014 becomes board certified