October 24, 2006

Case dental school offers discounted orthodontic work for qualified children who need braces

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Does your child need braces? The Department of Orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is recruiting 250 adolescents between the ages of 11 and 16 who qualify to participate as patients in the School of Dental Medicine's discounted braces program.

Case will treat children for $2400, which is less than half the normal fee. "Each patient will have a team that includes both a faculty advisor and a resident orthodontist in the dental school's graduate program that trains licensed dentists as specialists in orthodontics." according to Dr. Dennis Beeson, director of the orthodontic clinic. The clinic is located on the ground floor of the Case dental school at Cornell Road and Emergency Drive in University Circle.

Patients will have the benefit of the most current treatments in correcting abnormal alignment of the teeth and jaw.

In April, the residents at the School of Dental Medicine will take impressions and x-rays and examine teeth to create a treatment plan. When the new residents begin in July, they will begin to carry out the treatment plan and will continue with the patient for two years—the average time teenagers will wear their braces. Once the braces come off and the patient is in the retainer stage, they will be seen by various doctors in the orthodontic department.

To qualify, the patient must have lost all baby teeth, and his or her orthodontic needs must fall within a spectrum of needs. Those with extremely difficult occlusions will be referred to Case's specialty dental clinic to assist in their treatment. Those with minor problems will be referred to their family dentists.

Those accepted as patients will be treated every four to six weeks in the first two years by the same faculty-resident team. These patients are seen in the morning hours Monday through Thursday, which may require some missed school time during the academic year.

The parent or guardian must give a nonrefundable $100 deposit, applied toward the $2400 fee, which is due when treatment begins in July 2007. The dental school will work with parents to receive reimbursement through the family's dental insurance plan.

Parents or guardians interested in having their children participate in the program should call 216-368-3249 or email ortho@case.edu for more information.

Story by Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, October 24, 2006 10:58 AM | News Topics: HeadlinesMain, Healthcare, Provost Initiatives, School of Dental Medicine

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