Education Clinics: Orthodontics
Description of Care
The specialty of Orthodontics and Dentofacial
Orthopedics is responsible for the diagnosis,
prevention, and treatment of poor bite and
crooked teeth or malocclusion. Treatment of
malocclusion involves the application of force
to the teeth through orthodontic appliances, or
braces. The force moves the teeth to the desired
new position within the mouth.
The Department of Orthodontics
and Dentofacial Orthopedics at the LSUHSC School
of Dentistry treats both children and adults
with a wide range of malocclusions ranging from
fairly simple problems requiring only minor
tooth movement procedures to complex problems
requiring comprehensive orthodontics.
Eight residents under the guidance of the
attending faculty treat patients in the clinic.
Become a Patient
Beginning in January of each year, the
department screens patients for acceptance into
the teaching clinic. A resident and
faculty member evaluate the orthodontic problems
of potential patients. The patient's
responsibilities and dental school fees are
explained at this screening visit to those with
cases of good teaching value. Patients who
accept the responsibilities are registered in
the clinic and typically begin treatment in the
fall of the same year they were screened.
interested in becoming an orthodontic patient at
the LSUHSC School of Dentistry should call
in early January. To make a screening
appointment as a new patient, call
Payment for orthodontic treatment in the
advanced education clinic is required
prior to initiation of treatment.
One-third of the treatment fee is required to
reserve the patient's acceptance into the
clinic. The remaining amount is due in two
equal payments within 90 days.
in other departments at LSUHSC School of Dentistry
requires additional fees.
The Orthodontic clinic is located on the 4th
floor of the LSUHSC School of Dentistry Clinic
Monday through Friday, 8:30 -11:00 a.m. and