NYUCD has become the second dental
school in the United States to require predoctoral students to
become experienced in the Invisalign® technique, a method of
straightening teeth without wires and brackets that has built
a large following among U.S. orthodontists and general dentists.
offered as an elective to the Class of 2003, the course attracted virtually
the entire class, who became certified in the technique upon
graduation. Students in the Classes of 2004 and 2005 were also
offered the course as an elective, and the course became mandatory
for sophomores beginning in spring 2004.
The curriculum was
developed through a partnership forged by Dr. Mitchell J. Lipp,
a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthodontics and Director
of the Predoctoral Curriculum in Orthodontics, and Dr. Louis
Shuman, Vice President of Clinical Education for the manufacturer,
Align Technology, Inc.
“Invisalign® gives students an unprecedented
opportunity to diagnose and treat minor tooth movement problems
affecting function and esthetics,” Dr. Lipp said.
“It takes sharp diagnostic skills to determine if Invisalign® is appropriate
for a patient, and students have to learn to critically evaluate special
software that simulates how it will affect tooth movement. So learning Invisalign® is
an exciting challenge that compels students to take ownership of
treatment outcomes,” he concluded.