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Becoming a Patient in the Orthodontics Clinic


Providers for Delta Dental, Blue Dental and United Concordia,
as well as the Title XIX and Hawk-I programs.

"Pilot Incentive Program" which may pick up the patient's portion of a charge after payment is received from Delta Dental of Iowa; eligibility is based on having one of the professional dental insurance plans that is offered to P & S employees.  Treatment has to be done in the undergrad or resident clinics.

Dental Service Plan (Faculty Practice)

Becoming a Patient:

  • Initial consultation appointment: please call 319-335-7287 to set up an appointment with one of our faculty members. There is no charge for a consultation.
  • Diagnostic records (tooth models, x-rays, photographs, clinical examination).
    • Submission for approval to Title XIX (or) Hawk-I dental insurance programs, if eligible
    • Title XIX patients must be patients of record at the College of Dentistry for two years prior to orthodontic treatment
  • Case Presentation and financial agreement. Fees are determined by the provider on a case by case basis. Our fees are comparable and possibly lower than going to an orthodontist outside of the College of Dentistry. An initial down payment of 25% of total fee is required before treatment can begin.  Balance is spread out over 12-24 months with no interest/handling fees charged.  A 5% discount is offered if the total cost of treatment is paid in full before treatment begins.
  • Start of active treatment.

Resident Clinic

Fees are approximately 1/3 less than the Dental Service Plan (Faculty practice).

Patients are accepted and treatment is started once per year, when a new resident class is beginning the program, which occurs each July.

"Screening" appointments are done September through March to select patients who have treatment needs to compliment the training of the residents.

Becoming a Patient:

  • Please call 319-335-7287 to request a screening appointment. At screening appointment, it will be determined if the patient is "ready" for orthodontic treatment, and if they represent a suitable teaching case.
  • If accepted into the program, patient packets are sent out in mid to late March.
  • Paperwork within the packets needs to be returned to the department, along with the down payment, by the end of May.
  • Treatment begins in July with the collection of diagnostic materials (tooth models, x-rays, photographs and clinical examination) for use in developing a treatment plan under the direction of our clinical faculty.
  • Braces are typically placed sometime in August through September.