Chair: Dr. Phillip M. Campbell
The Department of Orthodontics at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry focuses on the specialty in dentistry that deals with straightening teeth and treating problems related to growth and development of the jaws.
Department faculty provide orthodontic instruction to dental and dental hygiene students and to residents in postgraduate dental specialty programs as well as graduate degree programs awarded through the HSC.
The Advanced Specialty Education Program in orthodontics strives to develop proficiency in diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment of a wide variety of malocclusions using multiple appliance techniques and treatment philosophies. All students in this program receive both specialty certification and a master’s degree upon completion of their requirements.
There also is a program that leads to a doctorate in craniofacial biology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
The Center for Craniofacial Research and Diagnosis serves as the hub for the department’s research activities. The center performs clinical trials evaluating and comparing treatment outcomes and researching potential new treatment methods.Seven Streams of research activity have been developed to:
- Better understanding normal and abnormal craniofacial growth
- Optimize the use of miniscrew implants for orthodontic and orthopedic treatments
- Evaluate the use of corticotomies for enhancing bone development and tooth movements
- Develop dentoalveolar distraction osteogenesis techniques that accelerate and enhance treatment
- Prevent enamel decalcification during orthodontic treatment
- Understand and control post-retention changes in occlusion
- Determining the effects that malocclusion and treatment have on masticatory function