Geoffrey M. Greenlee, Clinic Director
New Patient Screening
Graduate Orthodontics Clinic
University of Washington
School of Dentistry
Graduate Orthodontics Clinic
1959 NE Pacific Street
Health Sciences Center B-338
Seattle, WA 98195-7446
Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington Graduate Orthodontics program. The Department has a long history of excellence in teaching, research, and patient care.
The Department of Orthodontics accepts 5 graduate students each year for its 33-month program of advanced training. These students are doctors who have already completed dental school, then chosen to specialize in orthodontics. They are enrolled in an intensive program of classroom, laboratory and research work and clinical training that leads to a Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master’s Degree.
The Graduate Orthodontics Clinic offers orthodontic treatment at reduced fees to patients who provide good teaching experience for the students. The Department’s faculty members, with assistance from the graduate students, select patients for the teaching program through screening exams and interviews of interested prospective patients. All screenings at the Graduate Orthodontics Clinic are complimentary.
If you come in for a screening exam and your examiner finds that you would be a good patient for the teaching program, you will be given an estimate of when your treatment will begin based on when it appears a student will next need a new case like yours. If this is acceptable to you, you can secure your place on the program’s waiting list by contracting for the service and making a deposit.
Patients who are not good cases for the teaching program will still receive a brief explanation of their orthodontic problems, as well as options for seeking care in the pre-doctoral dental clinic (limited to very simple orthodontic problems), the orthodontic faculty practice, or at an outside private practice.
To Qualify for Screening You Must:
- be at least 8 years old;
- have good oral hygiene habits;
- routinely receive professional dental care;
- not have had previous orthodontic treatment;
- be able to accept that appointment times are limited and that they can take longer than in a private practice;
- live in the greater Seattle area
If you are interested in this program and would like to be screened in our graduate orthodontic clinic, please call 206.543.5787 to make an appointment.
If you receive orthodontic treatment at the University of Washington, you enter into a contract that commits the Department to providing the proposed treatment and commits you to paying the total fee.
If you are accepted for orthodontic treatment and wish to proceed, you will be assigned to a provider after paying the orthodontic records fee of $500.00. A number of options for paying the treatment fee are available, including payment in full, an In-Clinic Payment Plan and the Citibank Citi Health Card program. For more information on fees and payment options please call 206.543.5787.
You are responsible for the full cost of treatment, regardless of any insurance that may apply. If you have dental insurance, you are responsible for determining your level of coverage and for collecting your benefits. Many policies do not cover orthodontic care and few provide generous assistance. Clinic staff will provide any records you need to file for insurance benefits, but you will be responsible for filing the claims.
Your down payment secures our contract, guaranteeing the proposed treatment at the agreed-to fee regardless of when treatment begins. If you are to be treated in the teaching program, you may be on a waiting list for 3-6 months, but the contract remains in effect.
If you have an appointment at either our Graduate or Faculty Orthodontics Clinic and there is snow or other inclement weather, please call the clinic before departing for your appointment at 206.543.5787. It may be necessary to reschedule your appointment if normal clinic operations have been impacted by weather. Please Note: If the UW suspends operations, then the Graduate and Faculty Orthodontics clinics will be closed.