Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities, most known as "malocclusion," which means "bad bite." Orthodontics is one of the eight specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The practice of orthodontics involves the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces, etc.) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.
Making an appointment
Patients seeking orthodontic treatment should contact the Graduate Orthodontic Clinic at (414) 288-7271, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Is the focus of the orthodontic treatment on health or aesthetics?
The answer is: on both. It is difficult to clean and maintain crowded and crooked teeth healthy. This may contribute to the appearing of cavities, periodontal diseases and dental loss.
Other orthodontic problems may cause abnormal wear of the dental surfaces and excessive stress on the bones and gingival tissues, which support the teeth.
The importance of an attractive smile should not be underestimated. A good appearance is a vital attribute for the self-confidence of a person. The orthodontic treatment may help social and professional success, as well as improve the general attitude toward life of a person.
Overview of patient care and services
Patients are treated by the orthodontic residents under close supervision of the part-time or full-time faculty members in the program of orthodontics.
Orthodontic residents are dentists who are being trained for 26 1/2 months in our school as specialists in orthodontics. Orthodontic faculty are dentists who have completed two to three years of specialty training in an accredited orthodontic residency program beyond their four years of dental school training. under close supervision of the part-time or full-time members in the orthodontics program.
Orthodontic treatment typically occurs in the following order (times of appointments may vary):
At this time, the Graduate Orthodontic Clinic does not accept Title 19 or Badger Care insurance. Patients seeking orthodontic treatment must make necessary arrangements for payment. Orthodontics fees do not include the costs for extractions, periodontal surgery, orthognathic surgery or other adjunctive dental procedures requested by the orthodontists.
The clinic will accept FORWARD HEALTH/BADGER CARE after the initial pre-approval has been received from the insurance company before the consultation appointment. Please call the Orthodontic Clinic to receive the information on the pre-approval process.
The Graduate Orthodontics Clinic is located in room 243 (second floor) of the Marquette University School of Dentistry, 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233. Patients should go directly to the second floor when presenting for the initial consultation in orthodontics.
All modern techniques are practiced, and the one best suited for your treatment will be recommended. For your protection, we adhere to Infection Control Procedures known as Universal Precautions. We use the same infection control measures for each patient. Parents/guardians should remain in the waiting area while patients are being treated in the clinic floor.
The program's compliance with accreditation standards is determined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs and will receive any complaints. However, the commission does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for treatment received by patients or individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the commission at 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-2678 or by calling (800) 621-8099, ext. 4653.