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Welcome to the Department of Orthodontics. The department is dedicated to advancing the art and science of orthodontics through research, teaching and service. The mission of the Department of Orthodontics is to provide clinical and didactic instruction in orthodontics for predoctoral and postdoctoral students; promote the discovery of new knowledge about facial growth and development through scientific research; and serve the surrounding community as an educational resource and as a provider of quality orthodontic treatment. We have included excerpts from the department manual and a calendar of events, as well as a complete listing of all Master's theses published by our graduates. We hope you will find this information useful.

Dental School Recruiting Teens for Discounted Braces Program

Orthodontics AwardsThe Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is recruiting 200 new patients between ages 10 and 26 for its annual “Braces for Teenagers” program. The program offers patients braces for $3,450--a savings from typical orthodontist fees of $6,000 and more. Patients are treated by licensed dentists, specializing in orthodontics through the school’s graduate residency program, under the supervision of licensed orthodontists. Parents interested in enrolling their children for the fall program must schedule a preliminary exam. The dental school accepts cash, checks, and Visa/MasterCard. Financing is also available through registered third-party companies.

To schedule an appointment, call 216.368.8665 or email

Broadbent Institute Extends Department’s Reach to Special Needs Children

Broadbent Institute RenderingThe care provided by the Department of Orthodontics is reaching new patients — and new heights — with the dedication of the Broadbent Institute for Craniofacial Research. The institute is dedicated to clinical research and craniofacial care. The three-tier clinic at the institute will greatly expand the capability of the Department of Orthodontics to provide care of the most complex malocclusions, and to special needs children. It will be used by the school’s new craniofacial fellow and the craniofacial team at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. The children who come to the institute will be treated for severe craniofacial deformations, major craniofacial syndromes, and bilateral and unilateral cleft of the palate, which is the most common craniofacial deformity. The institute also will serve special needs children, such as those who have Down's syndrome, autism, and spina bifida. The institute was named in honor of Drs. B. Holly Broadbent Sr. ’19 and Jr. ’52, thanks to a $100,000 gift from Jack Beattie, D.D.S., M.S., ’63.

Dr. Mark Hans, Chair

Dr. Hans attended Yale University in New Haven, CT, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1975. Following graduation, Dr. Hans continued on to Case Western Reserve University, where he received his DDS in 1979 and his Master of Science in dentistry and orthodontics in 1981.

During his education, Dr. Hans was honored several times, winning the Harry Sicher Award for Best Research by an Orthodontic Student and being granted a Presidential Teaching Fellowship. As one of the youngest doctors ever certified by the American Board of Orthodontics in 1989, Dr. Hans continues to maintain his board certification and was one of only a handful of doctors who volunteered to be re-examined by the board again in 2003.