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Orthodontics And Dentofacial Orthopedics

About the Department / Program
Department of Orthodontics deals in the treatment of patients with dentofacial deformities predominantly dental and skeletal malocclusions, cranio facial deformities, particularly cleft lip and palate.

What in the specialty
Orthodontics encompasses preventive, interceptive and corrective treatment involving preserving the normal occlusion, guidance of erupting teeth to occlusion, growth modification, and corrective orthodontics with a variety of appliances

Clinical services provided (Specialty work)
The students are trained under the expertise of the faculties who are well qualified to teach techniques including the following:
Removable orthodontic appliance treatment
Functional appliance treatment and Growth modification for skeletal malocclusions in growing individuals
Fixed orthodontic appliance (Straight wire appliance, Begg appliance, Straight wire appliance with ceramic brackets, self ligating brackets, ceramic self ligating brackets)
Lingual Orthodontics and aligners
Cleft lip and palate treatment
The Department works in close co-ordination with the Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery providing combined orthodontic and orthognathic surgery for adult patients with skeletal malocclusion and craniofacial deformity. The department also works in tandem with the department of Periodontics, Prosthodontics and conservative dentistry and endodontics for treatment involving comprehensive dental rehabilitation of patients.

Awards for clinical work
Evaluation of leptin concentration in Gingival Crevicular Fluid (GCF) during orthodontic tooth movement and its correlation to the rate of tooth movement Young Faculty Research Grant (GATE project) for the year 2011-12.
Evaluation of histologic changes in the dentin and pulp in active and passive self ligating systems as compared to conventional fixed appliance (GATE- Young Faculty Research Grant, SRU for the year 2012-2013).
Effect of oil pulling with sesame oil on the count of Streptococcus mutans in the   plaque around orthodontic brackets. Young Faculty Research Grant (GATE project) for the year 2013-14.
Comparative evaluation of elasticity of masticatory muscles in patients treated with twin block and herbst appliances using elastosonography. (2016-17).
In vivo assessment of salivary copper levels released from copper nickel titanium arch wires (2019-2020).

Accreditation for clinical services
The Department of Orthodontics has a direct international collaboration with the Transforming Faces (TF) under a MoU between SRU and TF (Canada).