The Dept. of Orthodontics was started as a separate branch in 1962 with 30 BDS admissions under the leadership of Prof. Dr. P.P. Jacob who established and nurtured it. The MDS program was started in the year 1972 with two admissions per year and increased to three seats from late 1980s onwards. The systems Dr.Jacob introduced continues even today as a testimony to his vision. Dr.R.Haridas, Dr.George Jacob and Dr. K.Jyothindra kumar succeeded as Professors and steered the Department ahead. The Department was the first centre in Asia for the membership examination of Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK(M.Orth RCS) from the year 2002 to 2005 under the charismatic leadership of Dr.K.Jyothindra kumar. During this period, it was one of the centres for Diploma in National Board-Orthodontics examination. A total of over 130 orthodontists were graduated from this department so far and many of the alumni are currently acclaimed worldwide for their academic and clinical excellence. The year 2022 commemorated the Golden Jubilee of post graduate education of Dept. of Orthodontics and the Golden Jubilee Celebrations were held on 28th and 29th May 2022.
The Department has a large annual turnover of over 3000 new patients, over 40,000 patient visits and is the foremost Orthodontic speciality Department in the State today. It has three important roles to perform: Professional training - Under graduate, Post Graduate, Dental Mechanic, Dental Hygeinist, DORA, Speciality patient service, and Research. It is doing commendably well in all of these fronts. The Post Graduate training is well rounded and encompasses the following areas like Pre-adjusted Edgewise Appliance, Removables, Myofunctionals, Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Surgical Orthodontics, Cleft lip and palate rehabilitation, TMJ rehabilitation and Adult Orthodontics.