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

Case Western Reserve Braces Patient

The 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 ortho@case.edu.

B. Douglas Amberman, DDS, MSD (DEN ‘67) Celebrates 50 Years of Teaching at CWRU

Dr. Amberman joined the CWRU faculty in 1972 and is still teaching the predoctoral 2nd year orthodontic class and supervising students and patients in the clinic. He has served on the thesis committee for over 35 residents and earned the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award two years ago.

Dr. Amberman studied at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland before enrolling at Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. He attended Loyola University in Chicago where he received an MS degree in oral biology with a specialty certificate in orthodontics. He served as base orthodontist for the United States Air Force in Goose Bay Labrador and Andrews Air Force Base before starting his teaching career at CWRU in 1972. He is a past president of Omicron Kappa Upsilon and was elected a fellow in the American College of Dentists. Dr. Amberman has also served as president of the french cultural group, La Maison Française, for 15 years and was on the board of the Cleveland Public Theatre for 20 years. He has performed on the stage in over 40 productions at the Hermit Club. He is most proud of the fact that Dean Kenneth Chance, and current faculty members Dr. Manish Valiathan, Dr. J. Martin Palomo, and Dr. Mark Hans were all his former students! 

CWRU Alumni arrange collaboration of orthodontic organizations 

Juan Martin Palomo

J. Martin Palomo, DDS, MSD (DEN ‘98, ‘97) is the current president of the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists (GLAO) which comprises Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario, and Pennsylvania. David Harmon, DDS, MSD (DEN ‘94, ‘96) is the current president of the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists (MASO) which includes Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

David Harmon

The two leaders are bringing their groups together for a conjoined meeting on September 21-23 at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland. Dr. Palomo and Dr. Harmon both trained under Dr. Mark Hans. Learn more about MASO and GLAO.