Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Oral Medicine and Radiology

Established in the year 1985, the Department Orthodontics and Dento-facial Orthopaedics has been at the forefront in the field of Orthodontics involving itself in imparting quality education and delivering health care of the highest order. Equipped with state of the art physical facilities, modern clinical equipment, and materials, highly experienced faculty, the department offers A to Z treatment modalities available in the field of Orthodontics. The Department is located on the 5th floor of the A. B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, with a built area of more than 10000 Sq. Ft

Keeping pace with technological advances, the department has been continuously upgrading itself to the use of Digital Technology in diagnosis and treatment planning. The recently installed one of its kind, 3Dimension simulation software along with CBCT soft wares and other recently procured digital gadgets are the major steps in this direction.

The department delivers comprehensive Orthodontic Management of Cleft Lip and Palate cases as well as other Craniofacial Disorders through a team approach. The Cleft Child International (CCI), Switzerland fund the charitable Cleft Lip and Palate Program, which treats more than 1000 cleft cases in a year

Keeping pace with technological advances, the department has been continuously upgrading itself to the use of Digital Technology in diagnosis and treatment planning. The recently installed one of its kind, 3Dimension simulation software along with CBCT soft wares and other recently procured digital gadgets are the major steps in this direction.

The faculty and the PG students are involved extensively in the research, publications, and presentations at National and International forums. CDE and workshops are also conducted regularly. The department has received research grants from external agencies such as ICMR, BRNS and also from Nitte (Deemed to be University).

The social concern of the department is reflected in the services provided at 11 rural centres where PG s and the Faculty are posted on an appointment basis

Under Graduate Training Programme:

The department is divided into the undergraduate and postgraduate sections. An undergraduate student is initially introduced to the basics of Orthodontics through lectures, seminars, and discussions from the 2nd year BDS onwards. The 3rd year and final year students get well acquainted with the Diagnosis and Treatment Planning which is the prime requisite to prepare them towards their success in clinical practice. They are also trained in the clinical management of mild to moderate types of malocclusions.

Highlights of the under graduate training programme:

  • A Faculty is allotted for theory and practical classes
  • ICT and Multimedia Presentations are used extensively for theory classes. This helps in a better understanding of the concepts and at the same time makes learning an enjoyable experience
  • One to one interaction and discussions with the students during Practical classes and clinical postings
  • Practical demonstrations for various techniques and procedures like wire bending, acrylization, finishing, etc
  • The department library has the latest Orthodontic books, Journals & Periodicals for ready reference
  • Personal counselling of students by senior staff members
  • Feedback is regularly obtained from students regarding Teaching and Learning process
  • Formative and Summative assessments followed by the identification of slow learners and advanced learners. Appropriate remedial actions for the respective class of students are initiated

Post Graduate Training Programme:

The PG course in Orthodontics and Dento-facial Orthopaedics was started in the year 1989 affiliated to the Mangalore University. In 1995 it was affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka and since the year 2009, the course is under Nitte, Deemed to be University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India, with an intake of 09 students annually.

Highlights of the Post Graduate Training Programme: 

  • Clinical Exposure and Training for the management of a vast number of cases with various types of Dento-facial disorders
  • Custom made Computerized Record maintaining System
  • Use of 2D and 3D Digital Diagnosis and Treatment planning soft wares
  • The training modules comprising of very basic to most advanced Orthodontic Techniques and Mechanics
  • Microteaching modules
  • Moderator system, Structured evaluation, and Feedback for Seminar presentations
  • System of Critical Evaluation of journal club presentations, case presentations
  • Additional Research project /Epidemiology study
  • Extensive Rural Service through the Satellite Health Centres of the Institution
  • Strict adherence to Department Logbook
  • Regular Multi-media Seminar Presentations, Journal Clubs and Case presentations
  • Personal attention and supervision by experienced and qualified faculty

Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT):

The department has embraced the digital age by the extensive use of ICT to streamline the academic, research and clinical activities of the department..

  • Nemoceph 3D (Nemotec, Spain)
  • Nemoceph is a 3D diagnosis and treatment planning software that helps in diagnosis, cephalometric analysis, orthognathic surgical planning and visualisation
  • Abslogger Abslogger is the software used in the department for recording the time of entry, Treatment duration and appointments of all patients
  • Abstraker AbsTraker is a digital software designed with the aim of tracking and retrieving patient data.. Detailed records of successfully treated cases are uploaded to the database for future reference and analysis
  • Romexis Romexis is a 3D software Module used for dental imaging with a wide variety of tools for image viewing, enhancement, measurements, and annotations. Romexis improves the diagnostic value of radiographs and printing, image import and export
  • Digital Patient Records Management System We are currently in the process of converting the physical records and casefiles of patients into their digital equivalent. This would create a centralised database of patient information, help improve workflow management, performance and reduce reliance on antiquated paper systems, reduce the carbon footprint, save space and make the department greener and more eco-friendly
  • Cloud Space for Submission of seminar etc: In order to decrease the amount of paper used, the department has a Cloud Storage Space for submission of all Seminars, Journal Club presentations, Library dissertations, short study, posters and Thesis. This creates a central record for future reference whilst simultaneously moving to a sustainable paperless system
  • Online reporting to the maintenance section All maintenance and check-up requests are lodged online for immediate and prompt response
  • Online feedback on curriculum Feedback from students, staff and subject experts is vital in updating and modernizing our curriculum and increasing teaching and learning efficiency
  • NBrace App The department has launched a mobile based app on Google Play store for the purpose of providing patient information and for answering FAQs
  • NUeLearn: The department uses the web based module for teaching UG students

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Research Projects:

SI no Investigator Title of study Funding Agency and amount granted Duration of study
1. Dr. U.S. Krishna Nayak
Dr.Dilip Quadros
In Vivo study of DNA damage on buccal mucosal cells by the treatment with various types of fixed orthodontic appliances” ICMR
2. Dr. Ravi M.S Bio Transformation of materials used for Orthodontic Appliances by exposing to Electron Beam Irradiation- in vitro study BRNS
Rs 13,06,000
3. Ms. Varsha Pathiyal
Dr.Krishna Nayak
Dr. Murali P.S
Alkaline Phosphatase (AIP) levels in the gingival crevicular fluid during Orthodontic tooth movement
Student Project
Nitte University
Rs 25,000
4. Dr. Parikh Megha Ashwin
Dr.Krishna Nayak
Dr. Murali P.S
Physiologic changes and microbial counts in saliva of patients with fixed Orthodontic Appliances Nitte University
5. Dr. Bohra Sumit
Dr.U. S. Krishna Nayak
Effect of initial Orthodontic Activation on Myeloperoxidase Enzymatic activity in patients with Dental Crowding. Nitte University
6. Dr. Aniket Potnis
Dr. Ashutosh Shetty
Role of Chord in (CHRD) Gene Polymorphism on Various Mandibular Morphology and its effect on the Mandibular Ramus and Corpus –a Genetic Study Nitte University
7. Tony Abraham
Dr. Murali P.S
Dr.Krishna Nayak
Title of the Project: Microbial Flora on the White Coats of Dental Health Care Professionals Nitte University
Rs 8,000/-
8. Dr.Atysha Mohindroo
Dr.Akhil Shetty
Effect of orthodontic force application on specific biochemical mediator levels Nitte University
9. Dr. M S Ravi Assessment of facial and dental arch symmetry in individuals with anterior open bite – a frontal cephalometric study Nitte University
Rs. 10,000/-
10. Dr. Murali P S Evaluation of Mandibular Morphology and the association of muscle segment Homeobox (Msx) Gene in individuals with Mandibular Retrognathia Nitte University
11. Dr. M N Kuttappa Radiographic Evaluation of the rate of tooth movement through Xenograft- A comparative Study Nitte University
Rs. 75,000/-
12. Dr Crystal Runa Soans Effect of silver nano particles on the physicochemical properites, Antimicrobial properties and biocompatibility of orthodontic adhesive- an in vitro study Nitte University
Rs. 2,00,000/-
13. Mr. Dhruv Ahuja
Dr. Prajwal Shetty
Analysis of Streptococcus mutans level with the use of different mouth rinses during orthodontic treatment Nitte University
14. Dr.M.S Ravi An evaluation of clinical, radiographic and biochemical parameters during surgically assisted orthodontic tooth movement-A comparative study. Nitte University
15. Dr Akhil Shetty Comparison of Alkaline Phosphatase and Interleukin 6 levels gingival crevicular fluid and periodontal ligament on application of orthodontic force Nitte University
16. Dr Prajwal Shetty Evaluation of Bi cortical mini implant anchorage for Stability , Skeletal and dental changes in Mini implant assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion- A CBCT study Nitte University
17. Dr Kaushik Shetty Curing time and its effect on Biphosphenol A release from light cured orthodontic adhesive – A comparative in –vitro study Nitte university

Inter Disciplinary Projects with Engineering College, Nitte:

Sl.No. Title of the Project Principal Investigator Co-Investigator Status
1. Automatic Dental Shade Matching System Dr. Murali PS,
Dr.Karthik Pai B H,
Professor & Head, Information Science and Engineering
Dr.Anand R
Asst. Professor Gd.III, Master of Computer Applications(MCA)
Ms.Sapna S,
Assistant Professor Gd. I, Information Science and Engineering
On going
2. Tooth Segmentation and Centroid Detection Device Dr. M S Ravi Mr. Jason Elroy Martis & Mr. Abhir Bhandary,
Asst. Professors Gd.II,
Information Science and Engineering
Mr. Sannidhan M S,
Assistant Professor Gd. II,
Computer Science and Engineering
On going
3. Web based Interactive Orthodontic App for smartphones Dr. Murali PS, Lecturer, Dr. M..S.Ravi, HOD , Orthodontics
Mr. Roshan Fernandies,
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
4. Calibrated base formers for preparation of study casts in Dentistry (NUBase Former) Dr. M S Ravi Dr. Murali PS, Lecture, Orthodontics
. Nithin Kumar, Asst. Prof Gd. III
Mr. Aneesh Jose Asst. Prof.r Gd. II, Mechanical Engineering
Patent Published

External Projects: Completed Projects

Sl.No Name of the Faculty Agency Title Sanctioned amount
1 Dr. M. S .Ravi
Dr Suchetha kumari
(BRNS) “Cytotoxicity of Orthodontic Adhesives” Rs.13.7 lakhs
2 Dr. Krishna Nayak
Dr. Suchetha Kumari
Dr. Dileep Quadros
I C M R, New Delhi In vivo study of DNA damage on Buccal mucosal cells treatment with various orthodontic appliances Rs.10.50 lakhs
3 Dr. Krishna Nayak ICMR, New Delhi Fluoride release rate from an orthodontic sealant Rs.5000
4 Dr.Krishna Nayak ICMR, New Delhi Ion release from NiTi orthodontic wires in artificial saliva with various acidities -An Invitro study" Rs. 10,000

Nitte University Projects: Completed Projects:

Sl.No Title Name of the Faculty Amount
1 Cytotoxicity of Spot Welding- An in Vitro Study Dr.U.S.Krishna Nayak Rs. 2,00,000/-
2 Microbial Flora on the white coats of dental Healthcare Professionals” Dr. Murali P.S
Dr. U. S. Krishna Nayak,
Rs. 10,000
3 Alkaline Phosphatase Levels in the Gingival Crevicular fluid during orthodontic tooth movement.” Dr. Murali P.S
Dr. U. S. Krishna Nayak,
Rs. 10,000
4 Effect of orthodontic force application on specific biochemical mediator levels Dr. Akhil Shetty Rs. 50,000
5 Role of Chordin (CHRD) gene in mandibular micrognathia – an Institutional study Dr. Ashutosh Shetty Rs. 25,000
6 Effect of initial orthodontic activation on Myeloperoxidase enzymatic activity in patients with Dental crowding Dr. U S Krishna Nayak Rs. 10,000

On-going Projects

Sl.No Title Name of the Faculty Amount
1 Dr.Murali P S “Evaluation of Mandibular Morphology and the association of muscle segment Homeobox (Msx) Gene in individuals with Mandibular Retrognathia Rs.3,00,000
2 Dr. Crystal Runa Soans Effect of Silver nano particles on the physicochemical properties, antimicrobial properties and biocompatibility of orthodontic adhesive – an in vitro study Rs. 2,00,000
3 Dr. M. S. Ravi Assessment of Facial and Dental Arch Symmetry in Individuals with Anterior Open Bite – A Frontal Cephalometric Study. Rs. 10,000
4 Dr. M N Kuttappa Radiographic evaluation of the rate of tooth movement through a xenograft- a comparative study Rs. 70,000

Research Outcomes:

  • Patent is published by controller of Patents, Design and Trademarks, Govt. of India. In addition, 06 interdisciplinary research projects are initiated of which 03 are completed.
  • Novel mutations are registered at NCBI GenBank (USA) with accession numbers.

Research Thrust Areas:

  • Oro facial Genetics
  • Orthodontic Implants
  • Dermatoglyphics
  • Application of Digital Technology
  • Bio-Markers for tooth movement


  • BDS
  • MDS: 09 admissions / year
  • Ph.D
  • Fellowship (Craniofacial Orthodontics)
  • Value-added Certificate Course: Clinical Photography in Dentistry


Prof. (Dr.) U.S.Krishna Nayak, Principal and Dean

  • Has been conferred with the very Prestigious  ‘Best Dental Administrator Award’ at the World Dental Conference 2019 held at Kaula lampur, Malaysia on Saturday,  28th September 2019
  • Awarded the Prestigious– DR. P.P. JACOB AWARD for the ‘Best Scientific Paper published in the journal of Indian Orthodontic Society in the year along with Dr. Dilip PhD Student, for the paper titled – In vivo study on release of nickel, chromium and zinc and DNA  damage in buccal mucosa cells from patients treated with fixed orthodontic appliances. J. Indian Orthod. Soc. 2018;52:115-9.
  • Presented with the International certificate of recognition by the universitat jaume spain, in  recognition of ‘Outstanding Contributions and Dedicated Services to Dental Education in particular and Dental Profession in General’ on 31st August 2019.
  • Conferred with a ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ at the 4th Excellence in Dental Proficiency Awards held at New Delhi for his Outstanding Contributions  to the Field of Dentistry, April 2019
  • Distinguished Honorary Award – Most Enterprising Dean of the Year Award at the National Level by the Indian Health Professional Awards (2017)
  • The most proactive (Sr.) Academician for year (Orthodontics) 2015-16” for outstanding clinical performance, contribution towards research work and scientific publications in orthodontics.
  • Mastership of the International College of Dentists, USA in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Art and Science of Dentistry
  • Conferred the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow.(MFDS-RCPS).
  • Awarded the Dr. H.D.Merchant Memorial Award in recognition of his contributions to the International College of Dentists in the year 2015.
  • Nominated to the Board of International College of Dentists, U.S.A., (Section VI) , in charge for the Community service activities
  • Received Dr. H.D. Merchant Memorial Award in recognition and appreciation of the contribution to ICD Section VI in 2015
  • Conferred the outstanding professor award by the Indian Orthodontic Society (2014)
  • Best Dentist Award by ‘HEAL TALK’ presented at FDI World Conference, (2014).
  • Elected to the Dental Council of India from the prestigious category of Principals/Deans of Dental Colleges in the Country (2013).
  • Appointed as the Advisor of Quintessence Academy Of Excellence In Clinical Dentistry.
  • Appointed as the Editor In Chief Of International Journal Of Oral Biology And Clinical Dentistry (India Section)
  • Steering Committee member of India of the UNESCO chain in Bioethics Haifa in proclamation of the establishment of the Bioethics unit of Nitte University on 28th of November 2016.
  • Nominated as a Member PG Board of Studies in Dentistry of JSS University, Mysuru on November 2016 onwards

Dr. M. S. Ravi, Prof & HOD

  • Recognised as the ‘International Faculty for the Bio Ethics’ by the UNESCO chair for Bioethics
  • Chairman of Ethical Committee for Human research , Mangalore University
  • Appointed as member of Board of Studies of Dentistry, Manipal University, Manipal

Dr. Kuttappa M.N, Professor

  • External Member of Board of Studies in Orthodontics, Yenepoya University

Dr. Crystal Soans, Asst. Professor

  • Won Best Scientific Poster, 2nd Place at International conference “Oral Health Well Being” on 15th to 17th October 2015 at ABSMIDS
  • Dr. Crystal Soans won Best Scientific faculty paper at International conference “Oral Health Well Being” on 15th to 17th October 2015 at ABSMIDS