UW School of Dentistry

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.

The Faculty Orthodontics Clinic offers orthodontic treatment by participating faculty orthodontists to patients who prefer treatment by experienced faculty members, desire faster entry into treatment, or who are not offered treatment in the graduate program clinic.

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

*Please consult our email awareness page.

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 of $500.  A number of options for paying the treatment fee are available, including payment in full, financing care with an in-clinic payment plan, and the Citibank Citi Health Card program. 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 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 Applecare insurance for those patients who qualify with severe problems.

Security Deposit

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.

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.

How do I become a patient at the Faculty Practice Clinic?

If you would like to see one of our faculty members for a screening exam, please call 206.543.5787 to make an appointment.  General questions can be sent to us by email at braces@uw.edu.

The faculty practice offers exceptional orthodontic care with no waiting lists, no deposits, and more efficient care. Our doctors are qualified clinicians who have completed advanced training in orthodontic specialty care.  The faculty practice maintains an emphasis on using the best evidence for clinical decision-making.

Meet Our Orthodontist

Rachel CapoteDr. Capote graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University and obtained her dental degree from the University of Connecticut.  As a dental student, she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and was selected as an ADEA/AADR Academic Dental Careers Fellow, completing a year-long program that fostered her interest in an academic dental career.  Dr. Capote earned her Certificate in the specialty of orthodontics, as well as a Master of Science in Dentistry and a Master of Public Health, at the University of Washington.  As a faculty member in the Department of Orthodontics, Dr. Capote participates in intramural clinical practice, teaching, professional service, and research.  She has worked with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to raise awareness for prevention and appropriate emergency management of dental injuries in young athletes.  She is currently collaborating with the Harborview Injury Prevention Research Center with the goal of developing programs to reduce the occurrence and severity of dental injuries in children.  Dr. Capote has also invested a significant amount of time volunteering and has held local, regional, and national leadership positions in organizations focused on providing access to dental care for low-income and minority populations.  She is committed to creating beautiful smiles and providing individualized, evidence-based care to her patients.

Faculty practice orthodontists perform screening exams primarily for treatment in the faculty practice.  Children are often screened at 7-8 years old although treatment is not always indicated at this early age.

Guidelines for Faculty Orthodontic Screening

  • Patients should have good oral hygiene habits
  • Patients should be under the care of a general dentist and routinely receive professional dental care
  • All active disease, such as cavities or periodontal disease, should be diagnosed and treated
  • Understand that appointment times are limited to the days the faculty orthodontist practices

Department of Orthodontics