Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is the specialty in dentistry that focuses on the alignment of the teeth and the dental arches: the maxilla and the mandible. The practice of this specialty includes diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion and other abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures.
The department supports the mission of the SDM through high-quality teaching, research, and public services. The department’s residency program offers a comprehensive curriculum to prepare graduates for practice in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Predoctoral students rotate through the department’s clinic for exposure to the specialty including opportunities to work alongside residents to identify orthodontic problems and the criteria for patient referrals.
In addition to educating graduate and predoctoral students, the department also provides orthodontic treatment to the local community and continuing education programs for practicing orthodontists. Faculty contribute to research in the areas of human genetics, craniofacial growth and development, oral and muscle physiology, biomechanics and material properties, epidemiology, evidence-based care, and cariology.
The department’s accredited residency program is made up of a three-year certificate program with the option of completing a master’s degree. The residency program covers a wide range of didactic, research, and clinical curricula. Included in these curricula are general orthodontic treatments and a large number of clinically related areas of interest, such as mechanical engineering, biomechanics, speech pathology, oral physiology, human genetics, and physical anthropology.
Dr. Joseph F. A. Petrone
Department Chair and Residency Program Director
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
2189 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261