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The Center for Advanced Dental Education treats thousands of patients each year through our patient practice, Dental Specialties of Saint Louis University.

Providing services for both adults and children, Dental Specialties offers advanced care at a lower cost than traditional practices. Services include orthodontics (braces), endodontics (root canals), periodontics (gum disease and implants) and pediatric dentistry (comprehensive dentistry for children under the age of 12). General dentistry services are offered only in the pediatric dentistry program.

Orthodontic Care

To become an orthodontic patient in our program:

  1. Complete and submit the Orthodontic Patient Registration and Health History form.
  2. Print and complete the Sharing Health/Financial Information form to bring with you to your appointment. This form must be completed by the patient or by a parent or legal guardian if the patient is a minor (under the age of 18). If the patient is a minor and a non-parent (step-parent, grandparents, older siblings, etc.) is bringing them to the screening appointment, you must add that person to this form.

Additional consent forms (which may have been referenced in your welcome letter) are no longer located on our website.  They will now be signed electronically in our office at your appointment.

Our office will contact you by phone within a week of receiving the online form to schedule your complementary screening appointment. Prospective patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to the screening appointment. At the screening appointment, the prospective patient will be seen by an orthodontic faculty member or resident to determine whether braces are an option, which category the patient falls into for general treatment and pricing, and whether the patient is a candidate for the program. The visit includes a cursory examination of the teeth, jaws and mouth.

If considered a candidate for the program, financial options and insurance coverage will be discussed at the screening appointment. All orthodontic insurance information must be provided on the online forms in order to be reviewed by our office. Please remember orthodontic treatment can generally take anywhere from one to two years of active monthly treatment. The patient must be able to attend monthly daytime appointments in our office during school hours.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child be screened by an orthodontist by the age of seven. Early intervention results in less costly and less comprehensive treatment requirements.  General orthodontic questions can be directed to 314-977-8600. When calling, press 1 for general information and then 1 again for orthodontics.

Endodontic/Periodontic Care

A referral from a dentist is generally required for endodontic and periodontic services. This can be arranged by phone.  To schedule an endodontic or periodontal appointment, call 314-977-8600, press 1 for appointments and then 2 for endodontics/periodontics.

Pediatric Dentistry Care

Dental Specialties provides comprehensive dentistry for children under the age of 12.  To schedule a pediatric dentistry appointment, call 314-977-8600, press 1 for appointments and then 4 for pediatric dentistry.

Treatment in all clinics is provided by residents who are already accomplished dentists undergoing advanced studies to become specialists in orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, or pediatric dentistry.

All work is supervised by our outstanding clinical faculty.

Our Facilities

Dental Specialties of Saint Louis University is located at 3320 Rutger Street.

Our orthodontic facilities include the Kesling Orthodontic Clinic with 42 patient care stations, two private screening stations and four consultation rooms.  Periodontics and endodontics services share a separate clinic with 15 patient treatment stations in a semi-open bay. Pediatric dentistry offers six patient treatment stations for the care of our younger patients. In addition to the clinics, we have a full-service radiology-imaging section.