The Department of Orthodontics in the College of Dentistry welcomes you to our clinics at the University of Florida. We provide all types of orthodontic services for children, teenagers, and adults including surgical and craniofacial anomaly treatment.
A dentist or physician usually recommends braces to improve a patient's physical "orofacial" appearance. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints are corrected. The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
A specialist in this field is called an orthodontist. Orthodontists receive two or more years of education beyond their four years in dental school in an ADA-approved orthodontic training program.
The department provides two different orthodontic clinics within the teaching facilities of the college to suit each individual's needs:
Faculty practice associates
Each of the departmental orthodontists sees their own private patients in this clinic. Any patient is eligible for treatment in this clinic. Fees are based on the difficulty of the case and fee range estimates are discussed with the patient at the initial screening appointment. Final fees are established prior to the start of treatment after complete records are taken and the orthodontist has written a complete treatment plan. In Faculty Practice, treatment can be initiated at anytime, a typical appointment takes between 15-30 minutes, and morning or afternoon appointments are available.
Under the direct supervision of one of the departmental orthodontists, our residents treat all different levels of cases. Fees are reduced in the graduate clinic since it is a teaching program and the patient should understand that they will need to accommodate for some minor inconveniences. For example:
- Date of receipt of deposit will determine the spot on the waiting list; typically the waiting list can vary from 3-6 months. However, the list may be longer or shorter depending on demand. Please understand that we try to treat everyone as soon as possible.
- Appointments must be made with the assigned attending orthodontist. These are on a certain half-day of the week and are not flexible.
- Appointments are generally about 1 hour long