Country Report 2018

Name of Member organization

SOCIEDADE PORTUGUESA DE ORTOPEDIA DENTO-FACIAL (SPODF) - Portuguese Orthodontic and Dento-Facial Orthopaedic Society

When established + short historic overview

The society was established in 1986 as a specialist organization within the Danish Dental Organization. In 1991 the relationship to the Danish Dental Organization was suspended.

Number of active members June 1st,2018

319 associates

  Updated June 2018

President 2016-2018

Secretary 2016-2018

Treasurer 2016-2018

  • Prof. Carlos Alberto Silva
  • Av. Da Boavista, 117-5º sala 509
  • 4050-115 Porto
  • Email:

When was orthodontics recognized as a dental specialty


What is the competent authority for specialists registration


What is the outline of the national specialists training program (as required by the competent authority)

3year university fulltime training. 2 private(Lisbon and Porto) and 3 public (Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra)

Is continuous education (CE) mandatory; If so, how organized


Any further information regarding the position of orthodontics in the country

Recent developments, discussions and/or disputes with national politics and/or general practitioners i.e. national dental association. Political changes affecting the orthodontic specialty in your country. Important issues in relation to members.

Nothing of importance is worth mentioning.

Changes in the fee system and/or refunding with respect to general and/or private insurances:

There are no changes.

.Other activities and items of interest. The position of orthodontics in the country:

As you are aware, the orthodontic speciality was fully recognised in our country in the year 1999. This year, four candidates applied to the speciality examination. These candidates were trained and had their education in a three-year, full-time, post-graduate course (following the Bologne requisites) in the Department of Orthodontics of the Faculty of Dentistry – University of Porto, Portugal. This Department has idoneity granted by the College of Orthodontics of the Portuguese Dental Board.