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Orthodontic Clinic

Information for Patients

Thank you for your interest in the University of Tennessee Graduate Pediatric program. The Department has a long history of excellence in teaching, research and patient care. UT is one of the oldest Specialty Education programs in the country and continues to lead clinical excellence into the 21st century. Our goal is to provide a dental home for children ages 1-14, including those with special needs, in the Memphis and surrounding areas.

Our Doctors

The Department of Orthodontics accepts 4 graduate students each year for its 34 month program of advanced training. These students are referred to as residents and are doctors who have already completed dental school and have chosen to specialize in orthodontics. They are enrolled in an intensive program of classroom, laboratory and research work and clinical training that leads to a Master's Degree and a Certificate in Orthodontics.

Do You Want to Be Screened?

If you would like to be screened for treatment in our graduate orthodontic clinic, please call 901 448-6213. Depending on availability, you may be advised to call back at the beginning of a certain month to schedule a screening appointment. You will be given a specific day and time for your appointment and can plan on spending approximately 20-30 minutes.

Screening for Treatment

The Graduate Orthodontic Clinic offers orthodontic treatment at reduced fees to patients who provide good teaching experience for the student. The Department's faculty members, with assistance from the residents, select patients for the teaching program through screening exams and interviews of interested prospective patients. Screenings are scheduled periodically throughout the year. All screenings at the Graduate Orthodontic Clinic are complimentary.

If you come in for a screening exam and your examiner finds that you would be a good patient for the teaching program, you will be given an estimate of when your treatment will begin based on when a student will need a new case like yours. If this is acceptable to you, you can assure your place on the program's patient list by making a deposit of $300 within two weeks of your screening appointment date.

Patients who are not good cases for our teaching program will still receive a brief explanation of their orthodontic problems as well as options for seeking care in the orthodontic faculty practice or at an outside private practice or in the pre-doctoral dental clinic (limited to a small number of very simple orthodontic problems).

To qualify for screening, you must:

  • Be at least 7 years old
  • Have good oral hygiene habits
  • Routinely receive professional dental care
  • Be able to accept that appointment times are limited to the resident and attending faculty schedules and that they can take longer than in a private practice
  • Be willing to adhere to the clinic schedule
  • Are not currently receiving orthodontic treatment from another doctor (the Orthodontic clinic does not accept transfer patients from other practices)
  • Live in the greater Memphis area and have dependable transportation

Financial Terms and Payment

The $300 deposit you make following screening and your indication of your desire to become a patient is non-refundable and will cover the complete cost of orthodontic records which must be made before active treatment begins. The orthodontic records include dental and medical health questionnaire, photograph, models of the teeth and x-rays.

Several options are available for paying the treatment fee. You may pay in full or you may make an initial down payment of $800 followed by 21 monthly payments of $125. Typical fees for treatment are $3725 for child/teenage treatments and $4,100 for adult treatments which includes the deposit made at the time of the screening evaluation. The UT Orthodontic Department enters into a contract with you that commits the Department to providing the proposed treatment and commits you to paying the total fee.

The Orthodontic fee does not include non-orthodontic procedures such as filings or extractions and does not include replacement of lost appliances. There may be additional charges for excessively damaged appliances or for multiple missed appointments which extend treatment time.

Insurance Information

You are responsible for the full cost of treatment, regardless of any insurance that may apply. We recommend that you call your insurance provider prior to your screening visit to determine if you're able to utilize your benefits in our clinic. The Graduate Orthodontic clinic is not in network with any insurance company. As long as you have out of network benefits then you should be able to use your insurance in our clinic. The Orthodontic clinic will obtain your insurance information at your records visit and will provide you with coverage details at your consultation visit, after your records visit. The Orthodontic clinic will accept assignment of payment from your insurance carrier directly to our office, thus making your initial down payment and monthly payments lower depending on the coverage benefits. Many policies do not cover orthodontic care and few provide total coverage of the fee. The UT Orthodontic clinic also accepts Tenncare insurance for those patients who qualify with severe problems.

Last Published: Aug 16, 2018