March 20, 2009

School of Dental Medicine Looking for 100 Youths 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 100 patients between the ages of 10 and 16 who qualify to participate as patients in the dental school’s discounted braces program.

Normally, braces cost $5,000 or more, but the dental school clinic will treat youth for $2,600. Dennis Beeson, director of the orthodontic clinic, says each teenager will have a treatment team that includes both a faculty member and a resident orthodontist in the dental school’s graduate program. The program trains licensed dentists as specialists in orthodontics. Patients will have the benefit of the most current practices in correcting abnormal alignment of the teeth and jaw.

To qualify as a patient, the youths must have lost all baby teeth, and their orthodontic needs must fall within a spectrum of needs. Those requiring extensive oral surgery will not qualify at this discounted rate and will be referred to the school’s specialty dental clinic, where costs will be adjusted to reflect additional services. Those with minor problems also will not be candidates for the program and will be referred to their family dentist. If they do not have a family dentist, they are welcome to seek care at the university’s regular dental clinic or with a professional at the Case Faculty Practice.

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

In April, the dental school will take records of the teeth, x-rays, and conduct an examination to create a treatment plan. When the new orthodontic 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 the patients will wear their braces. Once the braces come off and the patient is in the retainer stage, they will be seen by various dental doctors in the orthodontic department.

The parents or guardians must give a nonrefundable $100 deposit. That is applied toward the $2600 fee, which is due when diagnostic records are taken. Reimbursement through the family’s dental insurance plan is made directly to the parents.

The orthodontic clinic is located on the ground floor of the School of Dental Medicine at Cornell Road and Emergency Drive in University Circle. Parents or guardians interested in having their children participate in the program should call 216-368-3249 or e-mail braces2009@case.edu for more information.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, March 20, 2009 12:57 PM | News Topics: Faculty, School of Dental Medicine, Staff, news

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