Orthodontic Treatment Program

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Orthodontic Treatment Program

The Orthodontic Treatment Program accepts referrals for patients managed by: 

Patients NOT managed by the 22q Center, Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders or the Cleft Lip and Palate Center click here.

About Us

Facial differences caused by a genetic condition can impact a child’s physical, social and emotional development. The Nationwide Children's Orthodontic Treatment Program offers a compassionate approach to comprehensive care, provided by experts who understand the dental development of these children as they grow. Treatment of children with facial differences may start as early as one week old and continues through adolescence into early adulthood with two to three different phases of treatment. Our state-of-the-art facilities offer cutting edge technology and the latest innovations in orthodontic treatment to ensure your child receives the most efficient and effective care.

Ana Mercado

Ana M. Mercado

Ana M. Mercado, DMD, PhD, is a craniofacial orthodontist in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinic and a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. She received her dental degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Her general practice residency and master’s degree are from The Ohio State University.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Kara M. Morris

Kara M. Morris, DDS, MS, is an orthodontist and pediatric dentist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Morris received her doctorate in Dental Surgery and a master’s in Dentistry from The Ohio State University. She received her specialty certifications in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry from The Ohio State University and is one of the few dual-trained dental specialists in Ohio.

Kaitrin Kramer

Kaitrin K. Kramer

Kaitrin Kramer, DDS, MS, PhD, is a craniofacial orthodontist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinic.

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Patient Education

All patients must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the initial evaluation, case presentation and start of treatment. Guardians who are not biological parents need to present legal documentation or proof of guardianship.

  • What to Expect: Learn more about services offered by our program and what to expect during your appointment.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, including "Will medical insurance cover the cost of orthodontic treatment?" and "Is financial aid available?"

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In-Network Payors

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Ohio Medicaid

*For all other insurances, services provided in the Orthodontic Treatment Program will be considered out of network.

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