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Welcome to the Department of Orthodontics 


Ortho classroomThe Orthodontic Department is one of six clinical departments in the College.

Historically, while the  college  taught the subject of  Orthodontics in its undergraduate curriculum as far back as 1905, it was  several decades  later when  Dr. Robert Gaylord, and  his colleagues Drs. Tom Matthews and Tommy Williams recognized the  need  to establish a  graduate training program.

In 1959 the College set aside sufficient space for the new graduate orthodontic program and additional funds and equipment were solicited from several generous benefactors in the Dallas community to establish the new facility.

The Orthodontic Department accepted its first class of five residents in the summer of 1961.

The Department is responsible for instruction in both predoctoral and postdoctoral programs.  The predoctoral didactic component is taught in each year of the four year curriculum.  A selective course is offered in the senior year which provides an opportunity for additional study and clinical orthodontic experience for a limited number of students.

The Advanced Specialty Education Program strives to develop proficiency in diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment of a wide variety of malocclusions using multiple appliance techniques and treatment philosophies. 

Ortho clinicResidents treat a broad age range of patients with emphasis on the adolescent.  In addition, they manage adults requiring surgical, interdisciplinary or temporomandibular dysfunction treatment. 

Currently, the program length is 34 months, with graduates receiving both a certificate in Orthodontics and a Masters in Oral Biology upon completion of their requirements.

There is also a program that leads to a PhD in Craniofacial Biology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

An experienced departmental teaching staff is composed of full-time and part-time faculty.  Additional instruction is provided by faculty from other departments within the College and by invited guest lecturers and consultants. 

The Department has eight full-time staff members that support the clinic and the research center. The major focus of departmental clinical research activity is the Center for Craniofacial Research and Diagnosis. Additional research projects are accomplished utilizing outstanding support facilities and equipment throughout the college.

The Center for Craniofacial Research and Diagnosis includes a clinical treatment facility, functional analysis and data processing laboratory, and offices for cephalometric tracing and analysis. The Department is supported by a strong and active alumni organization.  Alumni also volunteer as instructors for special technique courses and frequently lecture in the consultants program.  Graduates have served with distinction in all levels of the professional community.

The Department has a long history of educating orthodontists dedicated to excellence.  Today's faculty and staff are committed to upholding and enhancing that tradition.


U.S. Department of Education regulations (Federal Register [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832], October 2010) require institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (the HEA), to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV-eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE Programs).

This data must include the name and U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code, graduation rate, tuition and fees, book and supply costs, job placement rate and median loan debt for each program. The data pertaining to the Orthodontics program may be reviewed at:http://www.tamhsc.edu/education/finaid/forms1/orthodontics.html