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Division of Orthodontics


  • Pre Doctoral
  • Post Doctoral
  • Continuing Education
  • Special Seminars

Director, Division of Orthodontics
Thomas J. Cangialosi, DDS
Leuman M. Waugh DDS Professor of Orthodontics
Chair, Section of Growth and Development
Director, Division of Orthodontics

Program Director, Postdoctoral Program

Margherita Santoro, DDS


Postdoctoral M.S. Degree in Orthodontics - go to the postdoctoral website -
The 36-month Postdoctoral Program in Orthodontics provides intensive advanced training in specialized biological and clinical sciences, and is designed to satisfy all requirements for American Board of Orthodontics certification. Its combination of clinical experience, lectures, seminars, and extensive laboratory coursework is integrated with treatment of various kinds of malocclusions. Upon successful completion, a Master of Science degree is awarded.

Techniques practiced include:
* The standard edgewise technique
* Modifications of basic edgewise mechanotherapy
* Differential force straight wire technique (tip-edge)

Interdisciplinary programs include:
* Rotations in the multidisciplinary temporomandibular dysfunction clinic
* Conference and clinical sessions for patients requiring combined orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery
* Conferences and seminars regarding cleft palate/craniofacial treatment, adult orthodontics and the periodontally compromised patient

Students must research, submit, and defend a written thesis. They are also required to present records of completed patients according to A.B.O. guidelines, in a mock A.B.O. examination setting.

Admission Requirements

Application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Applications must be submitted on-line. GRE scores, a letter of recommendation from the Dean of your dental school, three letters of recommendation from other dental school faculty, undergraduate college transcripts, dental school transcripts, and National Board Scores Part 1 must be submitted along with application. Board scores are preferred but not required for international students. Some applicants will be chosen for admission interviews, which are required before acceptance.

Students should also apply to the National Matching Program.

Questions regarding the application procedures or the program should be directed to:
Program Director: Margherita Santoro, DDS
College of Dental Medicine
630 West 168th Street
P&S Box 20, VC9-219
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212 305 2425
Fax: 212 305 4609

Program Director, Predoctoral Program
To Be Announced

Description of Predoctoral Program
Predoctoral students begin basic orthodontic training in the second year as part of the PPIC course. This course consists of introductory lectures and seminars and preclinical training in the construction of appliances to correct dental irregularities. They are also taught diagnosis and treatment planning of dentofacial deformities and will learn to distinguish between malocclusions which are simple and may be treated within the scope of general dentistry and those which are complex and require comprehensive treatment and should be referred to an orthodontic specialist.

In the third year, in the course Principles of Orthodontics, students will participate in a series oflectures and case-based learning sessions aimed at increasing their diagnostic and treatment planning capabilities. Each student will be assigned a topic related to orthodontics to be reported on and discussed at a series of seminars. The goal of these lectures and seminars is to prepare them for clinical rotations in the second semester of third and fourth year, where they will work alongside postdoctoral students and faculty in patient care.

During the third year, some students will enter a special Area of Concentration program in orthodontics, designed for those students who wish to incorporate orthodontic treatment within the practice of general dentistry and for those students who wish to get more orthodontic exposure to help in making career decisions.