(formerly known as Orthodontics)


Orthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance and correction of the growing and mature dentofacial structure, including those conditions that require movement of teeth or correction of mal relationships and malformations of related structures by the adjustment of relationships between and among teeth and facial bones by the application of forces and or the stimulation and redirection of the functional forces within the craniofacial complex.

The Department of Orthodontics was started, in conjunction with the Department of Pedodontics, in 1987. The faculty then consisted of the highly reputed Professors like Dr. S.B Shetye and Dr. V.P. Jayade.

Dr. Sumanth Goel was instrumental in establishing a separate and independent Orthodontic Department.

The Orthodontic clinic for Post Graduate studies was established in September 1991 with Dr. S. B. Shetye as the Professor and Head, followed by Dr. K.M. Keluskar. Senior professors like Dr. A B Modi, Dr. M R Joshi & Dr. Pradip Shetye have also contributed immensely.

The department has a wonderful mix of highly qualified senior and experienced Professors along with enthusiastic and dynamic young teaching staff complementing each other and contributing significantly towards Orthodontic training for the undergraduate and post graduate students coming from across the globe.

The department of orthodontics serves as one of the best departments in the institution with its efficient faculty members and it’s service to the community.

In collaboration with the Department of Plastic Surgery, KLE Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Belagavi, the department provides treatment to patients affected with cleft lip and cleft palate anomalies, under the “Smile Train Program”. The department is also affiliated with various colleges across the nation such as Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore and ITS Dental College, Ghaziabad.


The goal of the Orthodontics program for undergraduate students is to provide a basic education in Orthodontics for and improved understanding of the diagnosis and treatment planning of various types of malocclusion. The program lays the foundation of basic knowledge of the subject, and assimilates associated skills to enable students to roughly diagnose and understand probable treatment options for the same.


The program outlined for post graduate students addresses both the knowledge needed in Orthodontics and allied medical specialities in its scope. By the end of the 3-year formal training session, the trainee will be equipped with skill and knowledge to be able to practice basic orthodontics and have the ability to intelligently pursue further apprenticeship to advanced orthodontics. One of the main goals of the program is to instil in a student the willingness to adapt, after crucial assessment and diagnosis, to new methods and techniques of orthodontic management developed from time to time based on scientific research, which are in the best interest of the patient.


Digital photography skills workshop for interns.

Dr. K.M. Keluskar

Dr. Tejashri Pradhan
Professor and HOD

Dr.Roopa Jatti

Dr. Rohan S. Hattarki

Dr.Anand Badavannavar

Dr.Amit Nilgar

Dr. Trupti Sadhunavar

Dr. Devyani Desai
Senior Lecturer

Dr. Adithi Rao

Dr.Pravin M.



The research thrust areas of the department are Cleft Lip and Palate, FEM studies, Functional Appliances and Mini implants.

The department is involved in several clinical and non -clinical studies on various topics. This is reflected through the numerous publications from the department.



The staff and students have represented the Department of Orthodontics at various curricular and co-curricular events at National and International levels.



Under Graduate Clinic and Post Graduate Clinic

The undergraduate clinic is well equipped with 17 chairs and is well ventilated.

The post graduate clinic is equipped with 20 chairs, where each student gets their own working cubicle.

The post graduates have access to material needed for diagnosis and treatment planning at any time they need. The department also has a seminar room where weekly seminars and journal clubs are held, as well  as a department library storing all hard copies of dissertations, thesis and undergraduate and post graduate Orthodontic text books.

Photography Room

The Department has a separate photography room with special lighting for patient photos.

Record Room

Records of all patients treated in the department are maintained in a separate record room.

Dolphin Imaging Software

All the post graduate students are trained to use Dolphin Imaging software for treatment planning and simulation.

State of the Art Equipment and Materials

The department is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment like Spot welders, Model trimmer, Lathes, Biostar pressure moulding machine & drying oven, electropolishers, Electronic thermoformers, Hydro soldering unit, dolphin imaging  software, light curing units, Ray Foster high speed alloy grinders, ultrasonic sterilizer, Vertex Multicure and autoclave.


In 2007, the A. B. Modi Memorial Gold Medal was instituted in the honour of Dr. A.B.   Modi who greatly contributed to the department’s success and progress. Since then, every year, the academic topper of department is awarded with the A. B. Modi Memorial Gold Medal, provided the student obtains a total aggregate of 65% or above.

2007: Dr. Rita Kashyap

2008: Dr. Ritesh Singla

2009: Dr. Siddharth Jain

2010: Dr. AvinashGohilot

2011: Dr. Shikha Rastogi

2012: Dr. Isha Jain

2013: Dr. Neel Dedhiya

2014: Dr. DivyaKeshan

2015: Dr. Shruti Bijapur

2016: Dr. Prathiban K.

2017: Dr. Sumedh Deshpande


This is a yearly event started under the guidance of Dr. Anand Badavannavar to inculcate the post graduate students a sense of innovations, summations, planning, execution, time management, stress management, not only single handedly but with the fellow buddies, to get the post graduates a hang of exams.

Each team comprising of 3 post graduates under the same mentor, come up with their team names. The event comprises of various activities such as selfie smile contest, debate, best case display, long case discussion, wire bending exercise, quiz and some fun fillers such as library search, memory game. The events are judged by staff members of Department of Orthodontics.


The department follows a “Buddy System” wherein a first, second and third year post graduate under the same guide become a team, and work in sync for all the academic and non-academic activities organized by the department.


The various treatment offered in the department includes fixed orthodontic treatment with metal, ceramic,self-ligating brackets, treatment with mini-implants, Rapid Maxillary Expansion appliances, orthognathic surgeries to correct facial deformities, distraction osteogenesis procedures with Internal and External distractors, treatment of cleft lip and palate, Pre-surgical Naso Alveolar Moulding on cleft cases, Fixed functional treatment with Forsus, Powerscope, Herbst etc, Lingual Orthodontic treatment, Myofunctional Appliance Therapy, Aligner Orthodontic Treatment ,Myofunctional trainers, Splints- For Temporomandibular joint disorders as well as Class III correctors in growing individuals with appliances such as Tandem Traction Bow Appliance.


The department has various collaborations with centres to facilitate research projects and activities of the Department.

  1. Ruthvi Tech Solutions, Bangalore
  2. Praj Metallurgical Lab, Pune
  3. Prabhakar Kore Basic Science Research Centre (BSRC), Belagavi
  4. Gogte Institute of Technology, Belagavi
  5. Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore
  6.  ITS Dental College, Ghaziabad


Assistant Professor, Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine 

Director, Craniofacial Orthodontics

Director, Craniofacial Orthodontic Fellowship Program

Dr. Pradip Shetye, (1992 Batch)

Associate Professor, Division of Orthodontics, School of Dental Medicine
Program Director, Orthodontic Fellowship Program

Craniofacial Sciences
UConn Health, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington

Authored more than 81 articles in various international journals, Multiple ongoing research projects

Dr. Madhur Upadhyay, (2002 Batch)

Associate Professor, Orthodontics

Craniofacial Sciences
UConn Health, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030

Dr.Sumit Yadav, (2003 Batch)

Consultant Lingual Orthodontist, A global keynote speaker, Inventor of Indias 1st CAD/CAM Lingual bracket system, Aligners specialist and active member of European and World society of lingual orthodontics.

Dr. Pravin Shetty, (1999 Batch)

Principal, Professor & Head of Orthodontics, Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital, Pune

Dr. Sameer Patil , (1994 Batch)


Orthodontics is one of the most sought-after specialties in dentistry. The course is full of challenges and demands hard work and patience. The faculty at KLE Orthodontics

Department makes sailing through this a breeze by helping and guiding the students and simplifying the subject in every possible way. You get to learn the most recent and advanced techniques here. There is always never-ending support and contribution from the faculty to try new things and to carry out new research. Also, there is never a shortage of any material required.

The rigorous course and the practical exposure that you get sets you on a platform that cannot be paralleled. In addition, a stand out feature of the department is the collaboration with the ”Smile Train Project”; which gives you vast exposure in the field of cleft lip and palate and also making you work for a cause.

I would definitely suggest everyone to take this course as there’s no better place to foster minds in this critical phase of learning.

Dr.Sumedh Deshpande, (2017 Batch)

I have always heard about KLE VKIDS, Belgaum for being one of the finest choices for pursuing postgraduation in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics. The field of orthodontics has a wide range of aspects, and here in KLE you are assured of experiencing all of it. The faculty is always there to guide you at every step and to encourage and support you throughout the course and after. The number of different treatment modalities offered here teaches you well about the basics as well as keeps up with the most recent advances. The department through their various academic and research activities also helps in developing presentation and soft skills which has been helpful in other aspects also. The department promotes following ‘buddy system’ which teaches you team work and efficiency. I would definitely recommend pursuing MDS Orthodontics in this college for a fruitful learning experience under one of the best faculty and good infrastructure.

Dr. Shreya Sarkar, (2017 Batch)

The KLE VKIDS Department of Orthodontics is a clinically strong Post graduate.  The faculty are knowledgeable.  They come from diverse backgrounds, which allows the students to be exposed to a wide range of skills and various treatment modalities with no boundaries.  One can expect to graduate feeling confident and ready to join a fast pace, high patient load practice following graduation from this institute.

Dr. Bhushan Jawale, (2002 Batch)

I received an education that was second to none. The support from the faculty and clinical staff during my tenure was exceptional. The academic and clinical skills I gained have enabled me to take great pride and joy in my daily work and opened many doors for me. I have developed a successful career path that owes much to my education at KLE VKIDS.. I am currently the Principal and Head of the Department, Orthodontics at Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital Pune, and everything I do today is because of the strong foundation laid down for me at KLEVK IDS.

Dr. Sameer Patil, (1994 Batch)

I feel that, on the whole, my education at KLE VKIDS prepared me well for my transition to a successful career. Today I am a well established private practitioner with my own Orthodontic lab, and a lingual and aligner specialist. I wouldn’t trade my experience at KLE VKIDS for anything. I miss my post-graduation days at KLE, and I would suggest anyone to join for setting them on the right path in life.

Dr. Pravin Shetty, (1999 Batch)