About the Advanced Specialty Education in Orthodontics Clinic

ortho_clinicThe Department of Orthodontics has a long history at the world's oldest dental school. The Advanced Specialty Education Program in the Department of Orthodontics at the  University of Maryland School of Dentistry was founded in 1970 by Dr. Jack Grewe. Over the years, the program has provided the highest quality treatment to the residents of Maryland. It has also contributed to the profession of Orthodontics by engaging in innovative research and educating new members of both the general dentistry and orthodontic communities. Treatment is provided by licensed dentists who are completing an additional three years of advanced training in the specialty of orthodontics. To schedule an initial screening appointment, please call 410-706-7803.‌  

Services and Treatment

Services include:

  • Alignment of teeth and treatment of problems related to growth and development of the face and jaws
  • Braces for children, adolescents, and adults
    • Traditional metal braces
    • Tooth-colored braces
    • Clear aligners (adults)
    • Removable appliances
    • Surgical orthodontics
    • Implant orthodontics


Fees, Insurance, and Payment Plans
  • All patients being treated in the Advanced Specialty Orthodontic Clinic will be placed on a contract with an initial downpayment and regular monthly payment, pending credit approval.
  • If credit is not approved, full payment is due prior to the start of treatment
  • For specific payment arrangements, you will be directed to one of our Business Managers.
  • Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card
  • For patients with insurance through Maryland Healthy Smiles, specific guidelines set by Maryland Healthy Smiles must be met in order to receive coverage for orthodontic treatment
  • As a patient of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, you are entitled to a complete treatment plan that includes your expected cost for care.
  • Please be sure that you are clear on your financial responsibilities before beginning any dental treatment. You will be expected to demonstrate this awareness by placing your signature on your individual treatment plan.
  • For those patients who do have insurance information on record we will submit claims to your insurance carrier, as a courtesy to you, so that you are able to achieve the maximum reimbursement that you are entitled to.
  • Please keep in mind that insurance companies do not guarantee payment for services, therefore, the full balance for your treatment costs are ultimately your responsibility.
  • Any insurance payments that we do receive will be applied to your payment plan contract.
  • Your insurance information will be checked at each appointment to ensure coverage.
  • We do not accept any HMOs at the school of dentistry.


Hours of Operation
  • Receptionists are available to assist you 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Appointment times may vary depending on your provider's schedule
  • Clinics are open year-round, but closed weekends, holidays, and during student/resident vacations
  • Hours may vary due to special circumstances
  • Call 410-706-7803 to request initial screening information


Multiple Benefits of Orthodontics

Orthodontics can be a great investment at any stage of your life. At the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, you can make this investment in orthodontic services at a lower cost than at private practices.

Straight teeth and correct bites can:

  • Improve your smile and self-confidence
  • Make it easier to clean your teeth
  • Help prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss
  • Improve chewing and speech
  • Improve oral health
  • Improve overall health and quality of life.


When to Go to an Orthodontist

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children should visit an orthodontist as early as 7 years of age for the following reasons:

  • With early detection and treatment of problem bites, orthodontists can help guide tooth and jaw development as children grow and adult teeth come in.
  • Early detection may prevent more serious problems from developing and make treatment at a later age shorter, less complicated, and less costly
  • Early evalution can help orthodontists determine the ideal time to start treatment 


Orthodontics for Adults
  • Recent advances in orthodontic procedures (esthetic braces, clear aligners, and 3-dimensional digital imaging) have made orthodontics an appealing option for adults
  • The orthodontic residents work with other dental specialists to offer coordinated treatment for adults with complex dental problems such as those that involve periodontal (gum) disease, missing teeth, and jaw problems .