Here in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, our mission is to promote excellence in orthodontic and pediatric dental education, research, patient care and service. Our continued success as leaders in our specialties and the dental profession demands organizational effectiveness, shared commitment, and mutual respect amongst all who are empowered to develop their innovation and creativity. Aligning with University's rich and complex history, we seek to create a supportive and collegial atmosphere that enables us to forge ahead while still cherishing our proud traditions and history. We share the core values of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry which include:

  • Compassion
    We encourage a culture of collaboration, collegiality and helpfulness based on empathy and respect.

  • Leadership
    We shape the future leaders of dentistry.

  • Excellence
    We intend to be the best at all we do.

  • Responsibility
    We promote integrity, professionalism, and accountability to ensure ethical decision making.

  • Trust
    We commit to honest transparent communication to build relationships.

  • Creativity
    We challenge existing knowledge to foster problem-solving and new discovery.

  • Inclusion
    We embrace and celebrate our diverse community.

Nan Hatch, DMD, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair, Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry


The Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry (OPD) at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, has a rich history and legacy. OPD is part of a research intensive public university, a premier School of Dentistry, and the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School. The Department consists of two advanced education programs: Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. We also provide required and elective specialized training to dental students and a CODA accredited one-year training program in craniofacial orthodontics. We strive to provide patient centered and evidence-based approaches to treatment. We conduct pioneering research to test treatment effectiveness, develop novel technologies and treatments, and advance our basic knowledge of human development and pathology. We provide service in the form of continuing education, treatment of vulnerable patient populations, as well as active participation and leadership in professional organizations.