Department Overview

Orthodontics is a specialty of  dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. It can also focus on modifying facial growth, known as dentofacial orthopedics.

The Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics at Anil Neerukonda Institute of Dental Sciences, Visakhapatnam was started in the year 2013. It offers an undergraduate BDS and three-year post-graduate MDS program which was started in 2019. The degrees are awarded by the NTR health university, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India. The undergraduate and post graduate training program in Orthodontics is accredited by the Dental Council of India.

The Department is well equipped with all the latest diagnostic and clinical equipment which helps in delivering highest quality treatment to the patients as well as helps in training the postgraduates.  The Post –Graduates are provided with all kinds of recently advanced treatment materials. The students are trained in latest treatment modalities like Lingual Orthodontics, Self-ligating brackets and Miniimplants. Management of craniofacial anomalies like Facial asymmetry, Cleft lip and Palate is undertaken with an interdepartmental approach.

The program is an intensive and exciting three-year journey. Postgraduate (PG) students are involved in a range of courses, from basic sciences, craniofacial development and material science courses to more orthodontic-specific courses such as orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning, mechanotherapy, growth and development and orthodontic practice management. Postgraduate students are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of all severities of malocclusion and spend the majority of their time gaining a vast clinical experience. Clinical exposure includes multidisciplinary treatment plans and working closely with the Orthognathic surgery department and the craniofacial team.

The vision of our Department to develop, not only orthodontists but to develop leaders in our field, especially pioneers of a new generation of orthodontists. The department aims to improve the smile and appearance of the patients that help to enhance the confidence and self-esteem of the patients who are conscious about their oral health and appearance.

Highlights of Department

Lingual Braces:  Unlike the traditional braces lingual braces are almost entirely invisible and more esthetic. The brackets are bonded on the back of the teeth surface, rather than the front.

Self ligating brackets: These brackets use an innovative spring clip to engage the wire into the brackets. They do not require the traditionally used elastic ties to engage the wire into the bracket slot making them easier to clean. They braces apply a gentle, continuous force to align teeth into the proper positions, resulting in more comfort to the patients.

Invisalign: They are recent orthodontic devices that are removable, transparent, plastic aligners used to adjust teeth. The Invisalign system uses a series of custom-made, computer-generated plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. Treatment involves the use of multiple aligners for a specific period of time to achieve the final result. Each set of aligners is designed to make small changes to the alignment of the teeth.

Skeletal anchorage devices:  used in treating border line cases that were previously thought to be difficult, if not impossible. They give absolute anchorage which allows tooth movements to occur without any reciprocal, unwanted effects on other teeth of the dental arch.

Dentofacial Orthopedics:  Appliances like Headgear, Face mask, chin cup and other fixed and removable Functional appliances are used to redirect the growth in children. They help in correcting the skeletal malocclusions which leads to improvement in the profile of the patients.

Surgical Orthodontics: After the completion of growth Dentofacial orthopedics cannot be done. At this stage to correct Jaw irregularaties, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) is done to improve your facial appearance, ability to chew, speak, and breathe.

Orthodontic treatment for Cleft lip and Palate patients: Orthodontic treatment for patients with cleft lip and palate is complex, due to an increased frequency and severity of dental anomalies such as missing or impacted teeth, collapsed maxillary arch and under developed maxilla. Growth, timing of bone grafts and orthognathic surgery must be factored into the already complicated orthodontic treatment plan to achieve acceptable results.

List of Faculty

S.No Designation Name
1 Professor & HOD Dr. D.Uday Kumar
2 Professor Dr. Anil Chirla
3 Reader/Associate Professor Dr. Tarakesh K
4 Sr. Lecturer/Assistant Professor Dr. Meher Vineesha
5 Sr. Lecturer/Assistant Professor Dr. S Geethika
6 Sr. Lecturer/Assistant Professor Dr. Neeraja Pitta