Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine's Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics' Graduates and Faculty

About the Program

The post-doctoral program in orthodontics is a 36-month, full-time program designed to meet the eligibility requirements of both the American Dental Association for specialization in orthodontics and the certifying examination given by the American Board of Orthodontics. Applicants to the program must have a DDS or DMD degree, or foreign equivalent. Beginning on July 1 of each year, training will take place primarily in the School of Dental Medicine and its clinical facility (the Dental Care Center). Instruction is provided through lectures, seminars, case presentation, conferences, and clinical practice. Emphasis is on diagnostic procedures and treatments planning and the application of clinical methods best designed to meet the treatment objectives for the individual patient. 

Program Goals

Overall Goal of the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics

The Advanced Education Program is designed to provide clinical, didactic and hospital experience at the postdoctoral level.

To receive a certificate in post-doctoral orthodontics, the student must:

  • satisfactorily complete all courses;
  • submit 25 completed case analyses;
  • submit six completed case write-ups as per standards of the American Board of Orthodontics;
  • pass an oral examination modeled after the certifying exam of the American Board of Orthodontics; and
  • sit for the American Board of Orthodontics written examination and get a pass grade.
  • present and defend a research project at the end of third year

Coursework Requirements

Year I Program Requirements
Normal and Reparative Tissue Development in the Oral Cavity; Host-Parasite Interactions; Regional Anatomy, Orofacial Neuroscience and Pain Conditions; Research Design and Biostatistics; Ethics and Professionalism in Dental Practice; Orthodontic Fundamentals; Cephalometric and Radiology; Growth and Development; Orthodontic Theory and Practice I; Clear Aligner Therapy; Orthodontic Seminars I; Orthodontic Clinic I; Surgical Orthodontics and Craniofacial Deformities I; Basic Orthodontic Principles; Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning Seminar I; Journal Club I; Research I; Supervised Clinical Teaching; Advanced Topics in Orthodontic Treatment Planning I; Ortho-Perio Literature Review and Treatment Planning I

Year II Program Requirements
Orthodontic Theory and Practice II; ABO Literature Review; Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning II; Surgical Orthodontics and Craniofacial Deformities II; Journal Club II; Supervised Clinical Teaching; Research II; Biomechanics I; Basics of Digital Orthodontics; Theory and Mechanics for use of TADs in Orthodontics; Orthodontic Clinic  II; Orthodontic Seminars II; Advanced Topics in Orthodontic Treatment Planning II; Ortho-Perio Literature Review and Treatment Planning II

Year III Program Requirements
Clinical Orthodontics III; Journal Club III; Supervised Clinical Teaching; Orthodontic Seminars III; Biomechanics II; Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning III; Surgical Orthodontics and Craniofacial Deformities III; Advanced Topics in Orthodontic Treatment Planning III; Ortho-Perio Literature; Review and Treatment Planning III; Business and Practice of Orthodontics; Research III; Orthodontic Theory and Practice III

Rotated Every Three Years
Temporomandibular Disorders; History of Orthodontics

Research Opportunities

To explore research opportunities within Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, please visit the Office of Research page or contact Dr. Stephen Walker, Interim Associate Dean for Research. 

Tuition and Fees

The State University of New York (SUNY) determines the tuition. Information about tuition and fees can be found at the following website:


Meet Our Team

Program Director:  Hechang Huang, DDS, MSD, MS, PhD
Phone: (631) 632-8971 | Email:

Richard D. Faber, DDS, MS
Zackary T. Faber, DDS, MDS
Ava Kamenshchik, DDS
Robert Lopatkin, DDS
Matthew Miller, DDS
Robert Schindel, DDS
Duane S. Shank, DDS


Application Information

Application Requirements to apply

  • Passed Part I, National Dental Board Examination
  • Proficient in the English language
  • Report postdoctoral Dental Match Program Code to PASS
  • Submit PASS application on line
  • Application requires $100.00 fee.  Visit our PASS website for the link to submit your payment

Admission Requirements

  • Passed Parts I and II, National Dental Board Examination
  • Earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree
  • Eligible for NY state dental license
  • Graduate of a U.S. or Canadian dental school
  • Application
  • The application deadline is August 15 of the year preceding matriculation. The Stony Brook University Orthodontic Postgraduate Program participates in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) PASS program and the National Matching Service program.

Applicants must be graduates of dental schools in the United States or Canada with a DDS or DMD degree or a foreign equivalent.

Questions regarding the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics can be directed to:

Dr. Hechang Huang, Program Director
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
124-B Rockland Hall
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8700
Phone: (631) 632-8971

Application for Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics