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Our History

The Orthodontic Department is one of six clinical departments in the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry.

Historically, while the college taught the subject of Orthodontics in its undergraduate curriculum as far back as 1905, it was several decades later when Dr. Robert Gaylord, and his colleagues Drs. Tom Matthews and Tommy Williams recognized the need to establish a graduate training program.

In 1959 the College of Dentistry set aside sufficient space for the new graduate orthodontic program and additional funds and equipment were solicited from several generous benefactors in the Dallas community to establish the new facility.

The Orthodontic Department accepted its first class of five residents in the summer of 1961.

Our Mission

The Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics has as its mission to educate dentists in the specialty of Orthodontics in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs prepared by the ADA Commission on Accreditation and the American Association of Orthodontists.

Our Objective

To provide the resident with a well-balanced educational experience, integrating a strong foundation in the basic sciences with a diverse clinical experience.

Graduate a specialist with the highly refined analytical, clinical and management skills necessary to provide optimum oral health care.


Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure Statements

Notice to students pursuing programs that may lead to a professional license or certification required for employment.

The following programs may lead to a professional license or certification that is required for employment. Professional licensure/certification requirements vary from state to state, which may affect a student’s ability to apply for a professional license/certification upon the completion of the program.

The U.S. Department of Education regulation, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), requires an institution to disclose whether the program will fulfill educational requirements for licensure or certification for each state.

The administrative departments that offer the programs have made the following determination regarding their curriculum. More ...