Patients accepted for treatment in the Orthodontic Clinic are distributed equally among the first-year residents throughout the year. As new patients are assigned, you will gather records and then formulate a treatment plan with the supervising instructor. Because clinical instructors use a variety of techniques (Straightwire 0.018 and 0.022), patients are treated only by the assigned instructor. You can expect to start approximately 65-70 new cases, including early treatment, adult and surgical patients.
Patients who may benefit from orthognathic surgery are directed to the dentofacial program, and their treatment planning and consultation is performed with both orthodontic and oral surgery faculty. All cases from the dentofacial program are “worked-up” by the orthodontic and surgical residents for treatment planning on Monday evenings.
Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
At Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, second- and third-year orthodontic residents are responsible for the treatment of patients with a variety of craniofacial anomalies, predominantly cleft patients. Many of these patients need complex treatment plans including growth modification, bone grafting, expansion, orthognathic surgery and prosthodontic replacement of missing teeth. This care is coordinated with their other treatment needs through the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Cleft Palate Team.