Orthodontics – An introduction

General information about orthodontics

Orthodontics, the branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws and face, is in high demand. Nearly one million people in the UK started having orthodontics last year and more adults than ever before are wanting treatment. Why? Orthodontic treatment is about making the best of your teeth; it’s about improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Once you can bite together correctly, you can eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily. And your smile will benefit immensely!

The Starting Point

Most courses of orthodontic treatment begin with a referral from a general dentist to a specialist. Depending on what treatment is needed, most patients are seen by a specialist in a local practice or by a consultant in hospital. Some patients are treated by dentists with extra training and experience to treat the milder cases.

Posted on October 08, 2009

The Orthodontic Centre is proud to announce that Kirsty Richardson has passed her final exam and joined Sara Calder as an Orthodontic Therapist. Kirsty, like Sara, studied at Leeds University Dental School and completed her clinical training here at the Centre as part of a joint programme. On the same course was Michelle Giles from the Orthodontic unit at Montagu Hospital. Michelle studied one day a week with us and Kirsty spent one day a week at the hospital as part of a co-operative project. Michelle passed as well and is now working between The Orthodontic Centre and The Orthodontic unit at The Montagu Hospital in Mexborough.

We have been at the forefront of the introduction of OT’s in the UK. Damian has lectured to various groups and has been asked to host a study session at The British Orthodontic Conference in Edinburgh later this month. OT’s will give us much more flexibility in treatment delivery and allow the Orthodontists more time to plan and supervise cases. We are also happy to announce that Becky Carney started her Orthodontic Therapist Course last month at Warwick University.

Posted on September 29, 2009

We will be adding the NHS number onto our referral pads from dentists at the next reprint and have asked them to provide us with that information where it is available. We will also be capturing this information from you the patient. This is to come in line with the recent request to use this information as a further means of identifying the correct person within the NHS.

Please help us if asked for this information in the future. It will become an important number as you will be asked for it during any treatment or check up within the Health Service.

Posted on September 28, 2009

We started  the final phase of our refurbishment here at Chequer Road when we knocked down part of the wall between No.1 and No.3. This will give us a larger reception and put an end to those days when it seems like a coach party has turned up and everyone is trying to get in to be seen. The journey will have taken us a year but we will have achieved a complete transformation without any patient days lost.

Posted on September 28, 2009