Master of Dental Surgery [MDS] (Orthodontics) - Course Overview




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    MDS Orthodontics Syllabus, Scope, and Salary

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    MDS Orthodontics is a postgraduate course in different disciplines of dentistry. A candidate has to be a Bachelor of Dental Science from a recognized university in order to be eligible for this course. MDS Orthodontics is a PG course in the field of dental studies and it was the first specialty to be introduced in the PG dental courses.

    Top Institutes offering this course are:

    This field is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions, the meaning of this term in colloquial language is improper bites, which might be due to the disproportionate jaw relationships, tooth irregularity or both.

    The course follows an annual system over semester system. The mode of admission is solely through Entrance Examination which is either conducted by a state, university, national level.

    Since there is a lot of colleges both private and government the average tuition fee tends to vary a lot. However, at an average, the fees for the entire course would range from INR 10 to 25 Lacs

    Since this a professional or a career-oriented course, students with an M.D.S degree can find employment in Dental departments of Hospitals, Dental Clinics, Research Centres, Educational Institutions as Dentists, Dental researcher, Dental Teacher etc. A fresh graduate of this course can expect an average annual salary of INR 3 to 10 Lacs. This salary would only increase with experience and on the type of hospitals and clinics.

    MDS Orthodontics: Course Highlights

    Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

    Course LevelPost Graduate
    Duration3 year
    Examination TypeYear Wise
    EligibilityBachelor of Dental Science from a recognized university
    Admission ProcessBased on counseling after clearing Entrance Tests (AIIMS, NEET, etc.)
    Course FeeINR 10 to 25 Lacs
    Average Starting salaryINR 3 to 10 Lacs
    Top recruiting companiesApollo hospital, Ganga Hospital, UPSC, and AIIMS

    MDS Orthodontics: What is it About?

    Dental Science or Dental Surgery is a branch of the medical sciences which deals with dental and oral health. This course imparts the knowledge and the skills to solve these dental and oral health problems which are faced by most of the human population.

    Candidates, who have completed their Master’s degree in orthodontics are permitted as members of Indian Orthodontic Society since these colleges are approved by the Dental Council of India. Taking the membership from AFO and Orthodontic Society will be of great use to the MDS orthodontics candidates for their future prospects.

    This course aims to train the general dental practitioners and specialists with very less orthodontic experience, which will provide an opportunity for clinical mastery, Breakthrough training, and peak personal achievement.

    Orthodontics is a stream of dentistry, which is concerned with correcting the irregularities present in teeth and jaws, which can be by birth or because of some accident. A person who wants to pursue an advanced course in Orthodontics can enroll into a postgraduate course in Orthodontics.

    MDS Orthodontics is a three-year postgraduate degree course during which a prospect learns many aspects and techniques of Orthodontics, such as molding and setting of teeth braces, invis-aligning of teeth, using retainers to remove dental deformity etc.   Many institutes and universities in India offer MDS (Orthodontics).

    MDS Orthodontics: Top Institutes

    Name of InstituteCityFees
    Dayananda Sagar College of Dental SciencesBangaloreINR 6 to 8 Lakh
    Manipal UniversityManipalINR 3.6 Lakh
    PDM UniversityHaryanaINR 10 Lakh 
    Sharda UniversityThrissurINR 8.4 Lakh
    Pravara Institute of Medical SciencesAhmednagarINR 8 Lakh
    Ramaiah UniversityBangaloreINR 8.5 Lakh
    AIIMSNew DelhiINR 2000

    MDS Orthodontics: Eligibility

    Admission to MDS program is based on general academic achievement determined from a recognized degree of BDS awarded by an Indian University from a recognized Dental College or an equivalent qualification recognized by Dental Council of India and should possess permanent registration with the State Dental Council.

    • Candidate seeking admission to postgraduate Dentistry course should hold BDS degree of recognized University by DCI.
    • A candidate who has completed one-year compulsory rotating internship or is likely to complete the same on or before 30th April of respective academic year can appear for Entrance exam.
    • Candidates previously admitted to PG degree course and resigned/left the seat are not eligible for appearing at Entrance exam.
    • Candidate should be appeared for the Entrance exam Examination conducted by this University and should get minimum 50% marks. However, admission will be on the basis of merit.

    MDS Orthodontics: Admission Process

    The admission is purely based on the merit and the medical colleges and universities conduct common entrance examination for the candidates. Every year different universities and institutions conduct the PG medical entrance examinations for both the MS and MDS courses. The eligible candidates from the written examination will be called for the counseling and interview process.

    General Category: Admissions will be done on the basis of the valid rank obtained in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2020.

    Foreign/NRI: Admissions will be done on the basis of valid Score in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2020.

    Some of the important Entrance Exams for MDS are as follows:

    • All India Post Graduate Dental Entrance Exam (AIPGDEE)
    • Kerala University MDS Entrance Exam
    • Manipal University MDS Entrance Exam
    • Dr. D.Y.Patil All India Common Entrance Test (AICET)
    • Bharti Vidyapeeth Dental College and Hospital MDS Entrance Exam

    MDS Orthodontics: Syllabus and Course Description

    Paper IPaper II
    Applied AnatomyOrthodontic History
    PhysiologyConcepts of Occlusion and Esthetics
    Dental MaterialsEtiology and Classification of Malocclusion
    GeneticsDentofacial Anomalies
    Physical AnthropologyChild and Adult Physiology
    BiostatisticsDiagnostic Procedures and Treatment Planning in Orthodontics
    Applied Research Methodology in OrthodonticsCephalometrics
    Applied PharmacologyPractice Management in Orthodontics
    Paper IIIPaper IV
    Myofunctional OrthodonticsEssay
    Dentofacial Orthopedics-
    Cleft Lip and Palate Rehabilitation:-
    Biology of Tooth Movement-
    Orthodontic / Orthognathic Surgery-
    Ortho / Perio / Prostho Inter-Relationship-
    Basic Principles of Mechanotherapy-
    Applied Preventive Aspects in Orthodontics-
    Interceptive Orthodontics-
    Retention and Relapse-

    MDS Orthodontics: Career Prospects

    Plenty of opportunities exist for Orthodontists. Orthodontists can get employed in the Dental Department of Government & Private Hospitals. Job Opportunities also exist in Railways, Armed Forces and Research fields.

    For those desirous of getting into Academics, opportunities exist in Universities/Dental Colleges to Lecturer and Professor Roles. The Discipline also provides the opportunity of setting up one’s own Dental clinic. This discipline also provides an option for going into further studies such as Ph.D. and M. Phil.

    Orthodontics also have employment opportunities in the medical laboratories wherein they are required to study Diagnostic Records such as Medical/Dental Histories, pictures of patients’ face and teeth, plaster models of teeth and X-Rays.

    Orthodontists can get jobs in dental departments of government or private hospitals. Armed forces and Indian Railways also recruit Orthodontists.

    Career Opportunities

    • Clinical practice
    • Further studies/ fellowships
    • Teaching and research
    • Government administrative services / hospital administration.

    Job Profiles

    Some of the job profiles for a MDS student would be as follows:

    • Dentist/ Dental surgeon in clinics and hospitals
    • Dental Hygienist
    • Academic Lecturer
    • Clinical Research Scientist
    • General Practitioner

    Top Recruiters

    There are plenty of companies, labs etc. in search of a Dental Surgeon. Few of those companies are listed below:

    • Fortis Healthcare
    • MAX Healthcare
    • Care Hospitals
    • Indian Council of Medical Research
    • Apollo Hospitals

    Salaries in Government Organizations: Between Rs.25000 to Rs.30000 as per their performance

    Salaries in Private Institutions: From INR 25000-40000 and INR 25,000-1, 50,000 per month after experience

    Salaries in Abroad: INR 18 to 25lakhs/annum

    Employment Outlook and Salary status:

    MDS in Orthodontics annual salary
    Job ProfileDescriptionPay Scale
    MDS CoordinatorAssess patients and collect data for the Minimum Data Set (MDS). Collate charts and chart data, inspect records, and create reports. Implement and explain federal and organizational regulations and guidelines. Maintain patient medical records and develop individualized care plans with targeted outcomes.INR 3 to 6 Lakh per annum
    OrthodontistsExamine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.INR 6 to 9 Lakh per annum
    Public health specialistsA public health dentist is a dental professional who works in the public sector, usually focusing their skills and expertise on population based dentistry instead of on treating an individual patient one at a time. The ultimate focus of a public health dentist is on improving the oral health of a group of people, usually within a community or state. By increasing the overall dental health levels in the population, a public health dentist can reduce the number of untreated tooth issues through a combination of treatment, education, and policy changes.INR 3.5 to 4 lakh per annum
    Sales RepresentativeAnswer customers' questions about dental products, prices, availability, product uses, and credit terms. Identify prospective customers by using business directories and following leads from existing clients. Recommend products to customers, based on customers' needs and interests.INR 3 to 4 lakhs per annum
    ConsultantDental Consultants evaluate the efficiencies related to the business work flow processes of the daily activities within a dental office. After they evaluate what is efficient and not efficient for that dental office, consultants put together plans that offer recommendations to make that office work flow more efficient. INR 6 to 10 lakhs per annum
    Dental AssistantDental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties, and often work chair-side as dentists examine and treat patients. They make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair, prepare them for treatment, and obtain their dental records.INR 2.5 to 3 lakhs per annum
    Dental hygienistDental hygienists work under the supervision of licensed dentists. They are not qualified to make the same kind of diagnostic decisions or perform the same procedures as dentists. Instead, they perform basic dental care tasks, mostly focused on keeping patients' teeth and gums clean.INR 3.5 to 5 lakhs per annum
    Dental Lab TechnicianReplaces partial or total loss of natural teeth by constructing partial or full dentures (metal and non-metal). Restores natural teeth by fabricating crowns and bridges. Corrects dental irregularities by manufacturing fixed or removable appliances.INR 3 to 4 lakhs per annum

    Master of Dental Surgery [MDS] (Orthodontics) Fee Structure in India

    5.83 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES45 L (Maximum Fee)
    14.13 L (Average Fee)
    25.39 K (Minimum Fee)PRIVATE COLLEGES45 L (Maximum Fee)
    17.34 L (Average Fee)

    Master of Dental Surgery [MDS] (Orthodontics) Fee Structure by State


    22.11 L
    20.22 L


    30.08 LPUBLIC COLLEGES30.08 L
    30.08 L
    11.23 L

    Uttar Pradesh

    2.32 L
    21.1 L

    Tamil Nadu

    22.87 L
    19.58 L

    Delhi NCR

    5.83 KPUBLIC COLLEGES71.86 K
    47.05 K
    22.5 L

    Madhya Pradesh

    1.74 L
    14.76 L


    63.46 KPUBLIC COLLEGES22.1 L
    7.82 L
    20.55 LPRIVATE COLLEGES24.01 L
    22.28 L



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