Orthodontic Services

Orthodontic Services at the OHSU Dental Clinics

Better smile, better health

The OHSU School of Dentistry's Orthodontic clinic is committed to providing the highest quality orthodontic treatment for children and adults. Services are provided for correction of relatively minor to the most severe orthodontic problems. Our clinic is a state-of-the-art facility that overlooks downtown Portland where we provide treatment using traditional or esthetic (white) braces, as well as clear aligners.

To become a patient, we offer free initial screenings (initial exams or consultations) to evaluate your treatment needs daily.

Free initial screening

At the screening appointment, Orthodontic faculty evaluate the position of the patient's teeth, their bite, and consider functional or esthetic concerns and will discuss preliminary treatment options. If the patient is ready to start with the treatment, we will schedule the patient for a records appointment.

For the records appointment and all future appointments, you or your child meet with an assigned orthodontic resident (a dentist specializing in orthodontics) and a supervising faculty instructor. Once we have your orthodontic records, orthodontic resident and instructor will develop definitive treatment options and discuss a recommended treatment plan with you or your caregiver.  

Usual treatment steps 

  • Screening: brief examination, discussion of treatment possibilities. Fee: no charge 
  • Orthodontic records appointment: detailed exam, photographs, x-rays, etc.
    • Fee for records: to be paid when the records' appointment is scheduled ($340.00). ″Treatment consultation: presentation and discussion of diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Treatment: Usually requires 2 to 3 years to complete treatment. 
    • Appointments are often scheduled for one hour and always on the same day of the week when the supervising faculty instructor is here.
    • Appointments are usually scheduled on 1 - 6 week intervals.
    • Fee for treatment: payment is due at the start of treatment in full or can be paid by a payment plan for those who qualify.
  • Retention: one set of retainers and retention appointments for two years are included.

With good cooperation, treatment will be completed as quickly as possible. If cooperation is poor, for example due to inadequate tooth brushing, frequent broken braces, or missed appointments, treatment will take longer and teeth may be damaged. A patient with poor cooperation may be charged additional fees and (or) dismissed from the orthodontic clinic.

What is limited orthodontic treatment?

In some situations movements involving all teeth may not be necessary and limited treatment will provide a satisfactory result. When you have a screening appointment, the orthodontist will recommend if full or limited treatment is best for you or your child and whether braces or clear aligners are options.

Limited treatment may be appropriate for patients may not have all of their permanent teeth present or may need only a few teeth moved with orthodontic appliances. Work done for these patients may also be called limited, partial, interceptive or Phase I treatment. 

Limited treatment is intended to address a problem involving only one or a few teeth, or to minimize a developing problem. The treatment indicated at the time of the screening is of a limited nature and is not intended to address all problems that exist, or that may later develop. For children, additional, partial or full orthodontic treatment may also be necessary in the future after all of the permanent teeth have erupted. If additional treatment is needed, there will be separate (additional) fees for this treatment. 

How is treatment decided?

Before treatment can begin, orthodontic records will be necessary. For limited orthodontic treatment, the fee for x-rays, photographs, and study models is $340.00. Payment is due at the time records are made and is non-refundable. The records become the property of OHSU. 

Because each patient's orthodontic needs are be different, the plan for limited treatment will be matched to what is needed for the patient. It may be a single appliance like a space maintainer, a headgear, a few braces or a combination of some of these appliances. The treatment fee will be based on the amount of treatment needed. Your doctor will discuss this with you before any work is scheduled or started.

Fees for comprehensive orthodontic treatment

Records fee: $340.00. This fee is non-refundable once the records have been made.

Treatment fee (comprehensive):  

  • Adult (18 years of age and older): $3,495.00
  • Child/Adolescent: $2,700.00 

Different fees apply for clear aligner treatment. 

Fees for limited treatment

Typical treatment fees for limited orthodontic treatment range from $355.00 to $2,000.00. 

The fee for the limited orthodontic treatment does not cover other procedures that may be necessary, such as replacement of broken or lost appliances or retainers, or extraction of teeth or other dental procedures. If additional treatment is needed, there will be additional costs for this treatment. If comprehensive orthodontic treatment (Phase II or braces/clear aligners for upper and lower teeth) is needed at a later date, the cost of the limited treatment will be deducted from the fee for comprehensive treatment. The fee for comprehensive treatment will be that which the clinic is using at the time the comprehensive treatment is begun. 

Payment in full is required before treatment can be started (placing braces) or payment plans are available through CareCredit and Lending Tree. 

Our patient financial services team will work with your insurance company and submit the necessary claims. 
Possible costs not covered by the fee include costs for other dental services such as cleanings, extraction of teeth, replacement of missing teeth, or restoration of small or broken down teeth. Additional costs may be charged for poor patient cooperation (see above: "Patient Responsibilities");these will be discussed in advance if problems occur.
Prior to payment, the treatment fee may be changed without advance notice. 

Schedule an appointment

503 494-8921

OHSU Dental Clinics
2730 S.W. Moody Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

Orthodontics is on the 12th Floor of Skourtes Tower

Maps and directions

If you wish to schedule a screening, or if you have questions related to orthodontic treatment at OHSU, please call our clinic at 503 494-8921 and select option 2 or emailorthod@ohsu.edu

Orthodontic Treatment at the OHSU Dental Clinics