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It is the primary mission and goal of the Orthodontic Department to improve oral health by preserving and enhancing the oral function, appearance, self-esteem and overall health of the patient community. We strive to achieve these goals through contributions and advancements in education, service, and research related to the field of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. In addition to providing DDS students with a fundamental knowledge of orthodontic problems and treatment options, the department provides carefully selected dentists with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct an ethical, patient-centered, evidence based orthodontic practice. To this end, we endeavor to graduate specialists who possess high-level technical skills, a broad scientific foundation, a thirst for knowledge, and the ability to critically assess and, where appropriate, implement the scientific and social advances that will be encountered during a lifetime of practice. Additionally, we hope to produce alumni who will play a leadership role in specialty governance, education, and research.