Predoctoral Orthodontic Teaching Using the Invisalign Appliance

Dr. Robert Boyd

Our Orthodontics department has been actively engaged in teaching the currently used standard protocol for the use of the Invisalign® orthodontic appliance for more than two years to predoctoral students and residents. The questions our study seeks to answer include:

  • How will we evaluate competency?
  • What is the amount of time to reach competency?
  • How much clinical experience is necessary to reach competency?
  • Do the students continue to use this appliance after graduation?

We will perform all appropriate statistical analysis. Abstract presentations and the opportunity to become a co-author are available.

This study will begin in June of 2008 as a part of the doctorate dissertation of Dr. Blake Robison DDS, an alumnus from the Class of 2006 who will be entering our graduate Orthodontic program in July 2008. Mentors will be Dr. Robert Boyd, Chair of the Department of Orthodontics and faculty from University of the Pacific’s Gladys L. Benerd School of Education.

Robert Boyd, rboyd@pacific.edu, 15.929.6690