Learning Outcomes

The Orthodontic Preceptorship Program is specifically designed for dental graduates who would like to expand their knowledge in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Applicants must demonstrate a strong desire to learn state-of-the-art techniques, investigate current scientific literature and familiarize themselves with a broad range of orthodontic procedures including orthognathic surgery to provide a foundation for pursuing advanced training in an accredited graduate orthodontic program. Acceptance into the WVU Orthodontic Preceptorship Program does not guarantee acceptance into the Orthodontic Master of Science Graduate Program. However, the knowledge and skill gained in the 9-month program may enhance a student’s application to any graduate orthodontic program. Preceptors are expected to attend all the orthodontic seminars together with other graduate students. Preceptors will co-treat patients assigned to graduate students. Although emphasis is placed on the clinical aspects of Orthodontics, preceptors are strongly encouraged to participate in scholarly activities.

The participant will be able to apply these skills for additional training in an Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics.

By the completion of this Preceptorship program, the participant should be able to:

  • Gather medical and dental history data, proper clinical and orthodontic information.
  • Take orthodontic records to include clinical examination of patients, impressions for study models, mount study models, intra- and extra-oral photographs, and appropriate radiographs for proper case presentation.
  • Make orthodontic diagnosis based on pertinent historical, clinical and radiographic information, and to arrive at reasonable orthodontic treatment plans.
  • Be proficient in using the Six Elements Treatment Philosophyâ„¢ in diagnosis and treatment plan for orthodontic cases.
  • Trace and analyze ceph radiographs using hand tracing and computer digitization, become proficient in various orthodontic cephalometric analyzes such as the Downs, Steiner, Jarabek, McNamara, and the Sassouni analysis.
  • Fabricate a variety of orthodontic appliances including RPE appliances (banded/bonded/Haas), TPA, LLHA, Hawley retainers, Essix retainers, splints, and mouthguards
  • Place orthodontic appliances such as bonding of orthodontic brackets, fitting and cementing orthodontic bands, etch and bond brackets, insertion and removal of archwires, placement of Alastiks and ligation of wires to brackets.
  • Master the technique of indirect bonding including IDB impressions, placement of brackets on models and making of indirect bonding trays.
  • Perform archwire adjustments including forming archwires to the WALA ridge. Debond/deband of orthodontic appliances, cleaning of adhesives and cements on teeth, impressions for Essix/Hawleys retainers, fabrication of Essix, Hawley or bond fixed retainers.
  • Take final orthodontic records including examination prior to debonding, impressions for study models, mount and scan models, intra- and extra-oral photographs, and appropriate radiographs.
  • Perform superimposition of pre- and post-treatment radiographs.
  • Explain and be clinically familiar with a variety of non-surgical and surgical orthodontic procedures.
  • Assess the outcomes of non-surgical and surgical orthodontic treatment.
  • Investigate current and classic orthodontic and dental literature, with a developing ability to critically review pertinent articles.

The proficient and dedicated preceptor student may be able to assist all residents in a variety of procedures including screening, records, consultation, diagnosis, appliance placement, adjustments, debonding, retainer fabrication, and final records. All clinical procedures will be allowed based on clinical instructor monitoring, student ability to demonstrate the knowledge and skill to proceed with proper patient treatment and patient availability. Graduate students in orthodontics will be given priority relative to patients and procedures.