Using Mind maps to understand the role of orthodontists in Forensic Odontology: An illustrative review

  • Priyanka Kapoor Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Aman Chowdhry Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Anshul Chaudhry Orthodontics, Christian Dental College, CMC, Ludhiana
Keywords: Forensic dentistry, Mind map, Orthodontics, forensic facial approximation, age estimation, medical illustrations.


Orthodontics, a branch of dentistry, is known for meticulous comprehensive standardized patient records. Besides, the expertise of orthodontists in assessing radiographs for age assessment, skull, and dental profiling along with facial morphometric parameters puts them at an advantage for forensic on-field application. The advent of technology with the inclusion of software, digitization of models, and machine learning algorithms have strengthened their disposition in forensic dentistry further. Hence, to comprehend and summarize the role of orthodontist in forensic dentistry, this article uses novel mind mapping pedagogical approach to give a visual structural organised demonstration to the readers for better understanding. In a series of 9 mind maps , each aspect which of key roles have been explored and presented.