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Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Residency

The Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Residency Program is a 34-month graduate program that integrates biomedical sciences and clinical sciences to provide highly qualified dentists a unique opportunity to earn a Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in conjunction with a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology. The mission of the program's administration, faculty, and staff is to educate dentists who possess the knowledge, skills, values and diversity to begin the practice of orthodontics as ethical practitioners committed to life-long learning, dedicated to fulfilling the public's trust and providing care for a diverse population. Our residents will strive toward improving the oral health of the people of the State of Nevada by relentlessly studying the etiology, treatment options, research and prevention of dental and skeletal malocclusions and providing excellent care in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics utilizing the latest technology and treatment techniques in our state-of-the-art clinical facility.


Leading orthodontics by integrating innovation and tradition.

Mission Statement

Mentor each postgraduate student to be a "life-long learner," progressive orthodontic clinician and a thoughtful evaluator of evidence-based research. The mission of the orthodontic program is to prepare proficient graduates who have the knowledge, skills, and values to provide contemporary assessment, treatment and management of complex facial, skeletal, and dental mal-relationships in the child, adolescent, or adult.


  • People are the most important asset to our program and the pursuit of our vision, purpose and goal.
  • Diversity in Faculty, residents and staff promotes academic and clinical excellence and helps to ensure a workforce that is adequate to meet the oral health needs of the public.
  • Education and continuous learning (life-long learner) are critical for the professional and personal growth of our programs administrative leadership, its faculty, residents and staff.
  • Collegiality is essential to develop and foster mutual respect, to set standards, and to help others achieve and exceed expectations.
  • Altruism, service to the community, and care for the welfare of patients and the public at large is a societal obligation of the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, our program and of the dental profession.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration promotes individual achievement and unity of purpose.
  • Teamwork enables our program to accomplish results greater than those achievable by a single individual.
  • Integrity is the hallmark of the thoughts, actions, and relationships of all those who comprise our program.
  • The application of science and information technology are vital means for contributing to the dental profession.
  • Future
    • Creation of traditions that foster unity, pride, honor and dedication among the faculty, residents, and staff
    • Promoting unity of the UNLV School of Dental Medicine pre–doctoral and advanced dental education programs by taking a leadership role in engaging faculty, residents, students and staff
    • Service as ambassadors of UNLV School of Dental Medicine through community outreach programs
    • Development of a strong and proud alumni association
    • Leadership in the dental and orthodontic community

Program Overview

The UNLV School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics offers a 34-month combined Master’s Degree and Certificate residency program. The class size is six residents per year and will begin in late June or early July of each year. The program is designed to offer a broad spectrum of didactic, clinical, research and teaching experience in the field of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The emphasis of the program is to prepare the graduate for successful completion of all examinations and case presentations required for board certification and to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

The program trains the resident to have a broad knowledge and understanding of growth and development, diagnosis and treatment planning, biomechanics, craniofacial anomalies, interdisciplinary dentistry, surgical orthodontics, research methodology, classic and current review of the literature and teaching experiences. Patient care is conducted in a state of the art orthodontic clinic and technology is available for complete electronic patient records, as well as the latest in radiographic and diagnostic digital imaging. Patients are screened and accepted for treatment based on the level of treatment difficulty, educational benefit and needs of the orthodontic residents. These treatment cases represent a cross-section of the cases encountered in private practice to ensure the residents preparedness to practice orthodontics in a diverse population.

The program begins with an introduction to orthodontic techniques and clinical procedures with patients assigned to each resident upon matriculation. The curriculum includes; clinical seminars, clinical orthodontics, diagnosis, treatment planning and case presentations, biomedical sciences, clinical sciences and practice management, research and classic literature reviews. Patient assignments throughout the residency will be adjusted to meet the educational needs of each resident. Proficiency evaluations will be given semi-annually to ensure each resident is progressing in the program and to provide constructive feedback.

Case presentations by the residents, in the same format recommended by the American Board of Orthodontics, which allow in-depth review of treatment and outcomes provided to the patient population. Practice management courses examine aspects of traditional private practice and other options available upon completion of their training. The orthodontic residents also gain valuable educational experience by teaching the pre-doctoral students as well as mentoring and providing consultation in the clinic.

Program Expenses

Tuition: $185,000 (34-month program) PLUS $15,000 Clinic Usage Fees.

*Periodic tuition increases made at the discretion of the Board of Regents In addition to tuition and clinical usage fee's residents will be required to purchase a laptop computer, a digital camera, textbooks and other materials specified by the program. Plus all fees pertaining to obtaining a “Limited License” to practice dentistry in the state of Nevada.

It is required by the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners that all medical and dental residents must obtain a “Limited License” to practice in the State of Nevada. For detailed information, please contact Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director for the NSBDE at 800-DDS-EXAM or [email protected].

*This program does not qualify for Nevada’s Grant-In-Aid Program.


The UNLV School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Residency earned the status of “Approval without Reporting Requirements” from the Commission on Dental Accreditation in 2013. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. For more information regarding this process you may contact the Commission on Dental Accreditation at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.


All applications to the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics will be processed through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Please refer to their website for detailed information regarding our program. Minimum requirements for applicants to be considered for our graduate program are as follows: Applicant must be in good moral and academic standing, proficient in the English language, currently enrolled in, or have graduated from, an accredited U.S. or Canadian Dental School and have successfully completed National Boards part I examination.

Application Deadline

September 1, 2016

No supplemental application is needed. Please mail a current photo to the mailing address below. If accepted originals of all College/Undergraduate and Dental School must be submitted to the mailing address below.

Mailing Address

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Office of Admissions & Student Affairs
Attn: Orthodontic Postgraduate Program
School of Dental Medicine
1001 Shadow Lane, MS 7422
Las Vegas, NV 89106


UNLV strives for diversity; therefore, all applicants are ranked based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria to support the admissions committee criteria for interviewing applicants as well as admission to the program. This program does not participate in the national MATCH.

Candidates are informed of their acceptance into the program prior to mid-November. Those who accept the offer must submit proof of withdrawal from the MATCH. Selected applicants must be in good academic and ethical standing, have successfully completed National Boards Part I and II, graduated from an accredited U.S. or Canadian Dental School, submit a background check to PBIS, and obtain a regular or limited license to practice dentistry in State of Nevada. Official National Board Part I and Part II Board scores as well as a final dental school transcript must be forwarded directly to the SDM Admissions Office prior to matriculation.