Orthodontics – University of Copenhagen

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Orthodontics

Education

The subject of orthodontics is taught in the Master programme and as a specialist postgraduate education programme.

Orthodontics in the Dentistry programme

Orthodontics is provided as theoretical courses and clinical exercises during the 1st-3rd semester of the Master programme. Focus is given to tooth development, tooth eruption and jaw positions as well as chewing function in normal and pathological conditions and to the various types of orthodontic appliances.

The students must acquire knowledge regarding cranial development from foetal life to adult life, with particular focus on the age period 7-18 years, including skeletal maturity and pubertal development (pubertal growth) when orthodontic treatments are most often carried out. Focus is also given to classification of dental anomalies, structure, use and function of orthodontic appliances and to lip and gum malformations as well as serious deviations in jaw position (e.g. large mandibular overbite) that entails surgery.

During the 3rd and 4th semesters the students perform minor orthodontic treatments on patients under the supervision of specialists in orthodontics.

Specialist in orthodontics

The specialist in orthodontics programme is conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. 3-5 candidates are accepted each year to enter the 3-year programme. Applicants must be qualified dentists and must document a specified period of employment in the public dental health service (treatment of children and adults). The programme is taught in Danish.

The education programme comprises an introductory course, a principal course, supplementary courses at hospital departments and a series of special courses that are conducted in collaboration with other dental and medical disciplines.

Research

Focus is given to pre- and postnatal craniofacial growth and development including the dentition and occlusion as well as the cervical spine and to orofacial function and respiration and their significance for orthodontic treatment. Another area of research is obstructive sleep apnoea and 3D diagnostics of the craniofacial skeleton, the cervical spine and the upper airways.

The research results are communicated nationally and internationally and the section provides advice regarding treatment to dentists and other medical professionals in Denmark and abroad.