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Advanced 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.

Individuals interested in becoming an orthodontic patient at the LSUHSC School of Dentistry should call only in early January. To make a screening appointment as a new patient, call 504-619-8572.

Treatment Fees 
Payment for orthodontic treatment in the advanced education clinic is required
in full 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. 

Treatment in other departments at LSUHSC School of Dentistry requires additional fees.

Location
The Orthodontic clinic is located on the 4th floor of the LSUHSC School of Dentistry Clinic Building.

Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:30 -11:00 a.m. and 1:00-4:30 p.m.

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