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Article: Volume 8 Number 1 Page 14 - January 2015

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Orthodontics:  Orthodontic Therapists and their Integration into the Orthodontic Team

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Abstract: There have been significant changes in the way in which orthodontics has been delivered since the last major workforce study was undertaken. The major change has been the introduction of orthodontic therapists in the UK. This paper aims to outline for the general dental practitioner the role of orthodontic therapists, including their scope of practice, along with discussion regarding their integration into specialist orthodontic practice in both the primary and secondary care setting, illustrated in part from the authors’ experience.

Clinical relevance: This article aims to outline how orthodontic therapists work as part of the orthodontic team, the procedures they can undertake, along with discussion regarding their integration into specialist orthodontic practice in both the primary and the secondary care setting.

Author notes: Trevor Hodge, BDS, MFDS RCS, MPhil, MOrth RCS, FDS Orth RCS, FDS RCS, Consultant Orthodontist, Leeds Dental Institute, Leeds, Paul Scott, BChD, MFGDP(UK), MFDS RCS, MSc, MOrth RCS, FDS Orth RCS, Specialist Orthodontist, Ortho Solutions, Unit A, Moor Allerton Centre, Leeds and Eleanor Thickett, BDS, MFDS RCS, MSc, MOrth RCS, FDS Orth RCS, Consultant Orthodontist, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, UK.

Objective: To understand the role of the Orthodontic Therapist and the effect that this has had on the orthodontic workforce.

Kavo Kerr