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MD925 - The Principles of Orthodontic Therapy

  • Module code: MD925
  • Module name: The Principles of Orthodontic Therapy
  • Department: WMS, Dentistry
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Gain an understanding of occlusion and malocclusion, the principles of tooth movement, the aims and limitations of orthodontic treatment; the taking of orthodontic records and the core biomaterials knowledge to allow correct manipulation of materials used in the practice of orthodontics.

Principal learning outcomes

On completion of the module, you should: Have knowledge of the features of normal and ideal occlusion; Have knowledge of the classification of malocclusion; Have knowledge of the principles of tooth movement, force application and anchorage; Have knowledge of common orthodontic appliance systems and their mechanical principles; Be familiar with the aetiology of malocclusion; Be familiar with the limitations of orthodontic treatment; Be familiar with the potential risks and benefits of orthodontic treatment, including iatrogenic damage; Be competent at taking intraoral and extraoral photographs of patients, and photographs of models and radiographs; Be competent at taking dental impressions; Be competent at taking and checking occlusal records, including gnathological facebow readings; Be competent at casting, basing and trimming orthodontic models; Be competent at producing a cephalometric analysis of a skull radiograph by contemporary methods. Be competent at PAR and IOTN scoring and have knowledge of their uses in assessing treatment outcome and prioritising treatment; Be competent at the correct selection and manipulation of dental biomaterials used by the orthodontic therapist; Be competent at identifying and selecting appropriate instruments for the task to be carried out; Be competent at using equipment and instruments safely; Be competent at maintaining instruments.

Timetabled teaching activities

5 weeks

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: MD925-12)
C (Assessed/examined work) Practical assessment 50%
  30 minute written MCQ/EMQ exam 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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