Orthodontics Clinic


At the CU Orthodontics Clinic, patients of all ages receive high-quality care at an affordable price.

Our state-of-the-art clinic is a part of the CU School of Dental Medicine which means you get the attention of a team of caring staff, orthodontic residents, and expert faculty, with costs often less than half the price you will find at local orthodontic clinics.

Our services are designed to treat children, teenagers, and adults' different needs ranging from very simple to complex treatments. We offer the latest technology and a wide variety of orthodontic care, including:

  • Invisalign​® and Invisalign Teen™ invisible braces
  • Clear and metal braces
  • Traditional and self-ligating braces
  • Lingual, behind-the-teeth braces from brands like Incognito™

We look forward to helping you on your journey to a better smile!

​To become a patient, schedule a free consultation to determine if you need braces and receive an initial estimation of costs. You will also get to ask our orthodontic experts any questions you may have. If you need braces, a series of follow-up appointments will lead to personalized treatment, and a payment plan has been designed to fit your needs.

To schedule your free consultation, please call: (303) 724-7002

Please bring the following to your first visit:

  • Completed patient forms (will save you time at your first visit)
  • Insurance/Health First Colorado (formerly Medicaid) card
  • Current x-rays (within the past two years)
  • List of medications and dosage information

What to Expect

At the CU Orthodontics Clinic, you can expect to receive excellent care in state-of-the-art facilities just like a great private practice. However, unlike a private practice, we are a teaching facility so you will receive treatment from residents who are licensed dentists being trained as specialists in orthodontics. Every step of your treatment will be supervised by expert faculty, so you will receive the benefit of expert opinions from multiple experienced dental professionals along the way.

Appointments:

  • ​Free Consultation
    Receive a free evaluation to determine your orthodontic needs and discuss any questions you may have about our clinic. If you need braces, you will receive a cost estimation and payment options. (Approximately 30-60 minutes)

    Before the next appointment, patients must visit his/her family dentist for a regular exam and cleaning. Cavities must be restored prior to beginning any orthodontic treatment. Patients must continue routine dental checkups and cleanings throughout orthodontic treatment. These routine dental services are not included in the fee for orthodontics either before, during or after the orthodontic treatment.

  • Diagnostic Records Appointment
    At your next appointment, we will take photos, full x-rays, and an impression of your teeth. The diagnostic records provide the information required to determine the patient’s treatment plan.

  • Treatment and Financial Consultation Appointment
    At this appointment, you will receive a personalized treatment plan and cost estimation, and we will discuss clinical procedures and patient compliance options such as oral hygiene, elastic wear, headgear wear, etc. We want you to be completely comfortable with your treatment plan, and we are happy to answer all your questions.

    If you are ready to proceed, you will review and sign the required consent forms and financial contracts. Treatment may be initiated at this appointment if a payment plan has been initiated. All individuals under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for this appointment.

  • Ongoing Orthodontic Care
    Patients are typically seen in the clinic every 4-8 weeks while undergoing active orthodontic treatment. It is critical that patients do not miss appointments. Missed appointments can result in an unnecessary extension of treatment time or adverse consequences that result in increased treatment.​

The Orthodontics Clinic accepts cash, check (with ID), debit cards, credit cards, Health First Colorado (formerly Medicaid), and is a Delta Dental in-network provider. The school will accept other forms of dental insurance as an out-of-network provider. We do not accept Medicare at this time.

We are always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork, and we are happy to work with your insurance provider to make sure you understand your insurance benefits.

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Handling Orthodontic Issues at Home

Jul 20, 2020, 14:00 PM
Question : Handling Orthodontic Issues at Home

If you're having any orthodontic issues and are unable to come to our clinic, the American Academy of Orthodontics has a few tips to help you. Of course, if you do have an emergency that cannot be resolved at home, please call the CU Dental Orthodontics clinic at: (303) 724-7002

Tools and Supplies

With these tools and supplies on hand, you will be prepared to handle the most common orthodontic issues:

  • Dental floss
  • Disinfected tweezers
  • Interproximal brush
  • Non-prescription pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
  • Orthodontic relief wax
  • Q-tips
  • Salt
  • Toothpicks
  • Topical anesthetic

Common Orthodontic Issues

Lost O-ring
An “O” ring is the tiny rubber band or sometimes a very thin wire (ligature), that holds the orthodontic wire in the bracket/brace. If a rubber o-ring should come off, you may be able to put it back in place using disinfected tweezers. If a wire ligature comes loose, simply remove it with the tweezers. If the wire ligature is sticking out into the lip but is not loose, it may be bent back down with a Q-tip or pencil eraser to eliminate the irritation.  Should this happen, be sure to contact your orthodontist to notify them and come up with a plan for repair. Note: self-ligating brackets don’t use o-rings.

Discomfort
It’s normal to have some discomfort during orthodontic treatment as your teeth move however it should not last longer than a couple days. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water and over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, may alleviate some discomfort. If the discomfort lasts longer than a couple days, be sure to call your orthodontist to discuss.

Mouth Sores
Some patients are susceptible to episodes of mouth sores. While braces do not cause them, they may be precipitated or exacerbated by an irritation from braces. One or several areas of ulceration of the cheeks, lips or tongue may appear. This is not an emergency but may be very uncomfortable. Prompt relief may be achieved by applying a small amount of topical anesthetic (such as Orabase or Ora-Gel) directly to the ulcerated surface using a cotton swab – reapply as needed.  If after a couple days the discomfort does not resolve, call your orthodontist to discuss.

Irritation in Mouth
Sometimes braces or wires can be irritating to the mouth, especially when eating. A small amount of orthodontic relief wax makes an excellent buffer between metal and mouth. Simply pinch off a small piece and roll it into a ball the size of a small pea. Flatten the ball and place it completely over the area of the braces causing irritation. Wax can be purchased at any drug store if you are unable to get some from your orthodontist during this time.

Protruding Wire
Occasionally the end of a wire will work itself out of place and can irritate the mouth. Use a Q-tip or clean tweezers and try to push the wire so that it is flat against the tooth. If the wire cannot be moved into a comfortable position, cover it with relief wax. Should changes with your wires occur during this time be sure to contact your orthodontist to make them aware of the issue.

Loose Braces or Bands
If the braces or bands have come loose in any way, call your orthodontist to determine appropriate next steps.

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Contact Us


13065 E. 17th Avenue, 3rd Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
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Phone: (303) 724-7002
Fax: (303) 724-7064


Clinic Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Closed on all federal and state holidays)


After Hours Emergencies:

Orthodontic residents are on call to treat after hours emergencies for current CU Orthodontic Clinic patients. Emergencies are defined as pain, swelling or trauma directly related to the orthodontic appliances. It does not include loose brackets or bands or lost elastics unless significant pain, swelling, bleeding or trauma results. For after hours emergencies, please call (303) 656-7082

The emergency phone is not active during normal business hours and voicemails are not returned. Please call the main CU Orthodontic Clinic phone during normal business hours.


Let us help you navigate your dental care journey.

We encourage our patients to provide feedback about their experiences at the School of Dental Medicine. In the event you have a concern, complaint, or question about your dental experience, please contact our Patient Advocate at sdm-ptadvocate@cuanschutz.edu or (303) 724-7040.