Category: Tooth straightening (Orthodontics)

Orthodontic treatment involves moving or straightening teeth to improve their appearance or the way they work.  This can be carried out using a removable or fixed braces.

Removable braces or plates have wire springs that apply pressure to teeth to make them move.

Fixed braces consist of brackets or bands (usually metal) stuck temporarily to the teeth. A flexible wire joins the brackets to move the teeth.

Orthodontic treatment is normally carried out in children but some adults can also benefit.  While some simple orthodontic treatment may be carried out by your own dentist it is now common to be referred to a specialist orthodontist with extra qualifications.

Orthodontists also make a significant contribution to the management of patients with cleft lip and palate problems and those with major jaw problems that require a combined surgical and orthodontic approach to provide the best position for the teeth to meet correctly.

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Orthodontic Needs Assessment Report

The purpose of the Needs Assessment was to assess the current and desired level of orthodontic service provision and to identify key issues that are affecting the orthodontic service provision in Scotland. This was conducted against the background of the introduction of the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) in October 2011 to qualify for…

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Oral health assessment and review

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This guidance document aims to facilitate the move from a restorative approach to patient care to a preventive and long-term approach that is risk-based and meets the specific needs of individual patients. It also aims to encourage the involvement of patients in managing their own oral health. A  ‘ Guidance in Brief ‘ document incorporates…

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British Orthodontic Society

The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) is a charity which aims to :- Promote the study and practice of orthodontics Maintain and improve professional standards in orthodontics Encourage research and education in orthodontics Visit the BOS website

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Tayside orthodontic managed clinical network

The Managed Clinical Network (MCN) for Orthodontics within Tayside is a linked groups of health professionals from primary and secondary care, working in a co-ordinated manner to ensure equitable provision of high quality clinically effective Orthodontic services throughout Tayside.  The MCN was established in 2005. The website has guidelines, reports, service information, patient information and…

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