Orthodontics Clinic

Orthodontics clinic patient

The Graduate Orthodontics clinic at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle provides orthodontic services including braces.

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry involved in correcting the placement and alignment of the teeth and jaw. Fixed and removable appliances can be used to treat overbites, underbites, spacing and crowding. These appliances include braces both metal and ceramic, aligners, space maintainers, jaw repositioners, removable retainers and headgear.

Who will provide my orthodontic treatment?

The Graduate Orthodontics Clinic offers orthodontic treatment at reduced fees to patients who provide good teaching experience for the students. The Department’s faculty orthodontists, 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.

How do I become a patient at the Graduate Clinic?

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.

All patients who are screened will receive a brief explanation of their orthodontic problems, as well as options for seeking care.

To Qualify for Screening You Must:

  • be at least 7 years old;
  • have had a dental cleaning within the last 6 months
  • live in the greater Seattle area
  • have good oral hygiene habits;
  • have a general or pediatric dentist

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. General questions can be sent to us by email at braces@uw.edu*.

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Financial Terms

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.

Payment

If you are accepted for orthodontic treatment and wish to proceed, you will be assigned to a provider. Before active treatment begins, orthodontic records must be obtained for a fee.   Options for paying the total treatment fee are available, including payment in full or a no interest monthly payment plan. For more information on fees and payment options please call 206-616-7846.

Insurance

You are responsible for the full cost of treatment, regardless of any insurance that may apply. The orthodontic clinic is able to assist you with questions you may have in determining your level of coverage and collecting your benefits. Many policies do not cover orthodontic care and few provide generous assistance. The UW Orthodontics clinic accepts AppleHealth insurance for those patients who qualify with severe problems.

Clinic Location

Patients who have an appointment with a student dentist in the Orthodontics Clinic will be seen in Room B-338 of the B-Wing of the Health Sciences Center. For maps, transit and parking information, please visit our location and directions page.