Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and treatment of irregularities affecting the teeth and bite, and growth of the face in both children and adults.
Most orthodontic treatment is delivered by orthodontic specialists on an out-patient basis in high street practices or in an NHS community-based environment. However, an orthodontic specialist may undertake an additional two-year recognised clinical, hospital management and academic training programme to become an NHS Consultant Orthodontist. Orthodontic consultants work in hospital settings and provide advice to primary care practitioners and other specialists and undertake the management of patients requiring more complex multidisciplinary care.
Specialists in Orthodontics may also work in a university and, will be involved in teaching various student and trainee groups as well as undertaking clinical and scientific research.
The next curriculum will take effect for all new specialty trainees by September 2024.