USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


The Orthodontic Clinic helps patients whose teeth do not meet up properly when they bite (called “malocclusion”). Orthodontic treatments, such as braces, are used to make teeth line up correctly.

Our clinic offers all of the orthodontic services provided by a modern orthodontic practice in a patient-centered, comfortable and safe environment.

Residents (dentists in training) provide treatment under the direct supervision of faculty orthodontists. Our faculty members are among the finest orthodontists in Southern California.

Becoming a Patient

The first step in getting treatment at our clinic is to schedule an initial consultation appointment. At that appointment, our dentists will determine whether braces are appropriate for you. For those who need braces, we offer metal, clear or color braces, and clear aligner treatment.

Because we are a teaching and research institution, patients are selected on the basis of teaching merit. Unfortunately, this means that not all patients will be accepted for treatment.

We are presently NOT accepting patients who:

  • wish to transfer from other offices or programs
  • already have braces on their teeth
  • need dental implants (unless referred directly from the USC Prosthodontic Clinic)
  • have had braces removed within the past five years

We currently can accept only a very limited number of adult patients (over age 18), with the exception of USC faculty, students and staff.

Paying for Your Orthodontic Care

There is a fee for the initial consultation appointment. The consultation fee will be applied toward the cost of the orthodontic treatment.

We do not accept Denti-Cal. Payment plans are available.

All patients are required to present valid photo identification (California driver’s license, California identification card, passport or other government-issued photo identification).

Contact Information

To schedule an appointment, call (213) 740-0406.
Referrals can be faxed to (213) 740-5715.

Clinic Hours

Monday through Friday
9 a.m.–noon
2 p.m.–5 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the best age for my child to see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child see an orthodontist for their first exam at age seven.

2. Can my child have afterschool appointments?

We require patients to come consistently on the same day of the week for their treatment, in the afternoon during the first year of treatment and in the morning during the second year.

3. Do you accept patients who need jaw surgery?

We accept only a limited number of adult patients; however, this would include patients who need orthodontics and jaw surgery.

4. Am I too old for braces?

There is no age limit for getting braces.

5. How much will my braces cost?

Our fees vary depending upon the case, but we charge considerably lower fees on average than private practices in the area.