Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry which focuses on the growth, development and appearance of the teeth; as well as related facial problems. Our specialist team of consultants works with colleagues in the Maxillofacial department to provide integrated treatment plans were surgery is required.
What does the service provide?
The Orthodontics department aims to provide a high quality service which:
- Gives advice to healthcare professionals e.g. GP or dentists, on patients with orthodontic problems
- Devises treatment plans for dentists to treat patients in their own surgeries (where appropriate)
- Directs patients to orthodontists working in practices within the community
- Treats patients with severe or complex problems and who have a high need for treatment
- Provides interdisciplinary treatment for patients with orthodontic and surgery or restorative dentistry needs
- Review’s patients treatment needs following intervention
- Treats patients as part of the South West service for patients with repaired cleft lip and/or palate
How do I access the service?
Orthodontic treatment is normally only provided for children and young adults (under 18) for free on the NHS. Adults who have more severe problems necessitating treatment combining orthodontics with surgery may also qualify for NHS treatment. You will be referred to the service by a healthcare professional e.g. GP or dentist, and an appointment will be arranged to see you at North Devon District Hospital. One of our Consultant Orthodontists will then see you and advise you on your treatment options. You may be referred by another team within the hospital e.g. Maxillofacial team, if orthodontic treatment is required.
What treatment is available?
Orthodontic treatment involves the fitting of braces either removable or fixed to correct alignment and spacing of teeth. In some cases it may be necessary to remove teeth to create space within the jaw to realign the teeth. The team works with colleagues in hospitals across the peninsula to provide more complex treatment is necessary.