Orthodontics is concerned with the growth and development of the teeth, jaws and face; including the correction of dental and facial abnormalities. Orthodontic management involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of abnormalities in these areas to produce healthy, functional bite; creating greater resistance to disease and improving dentofacial appearance.
The orthodontic service provided within the EDH setting varies significantly from that provided within the primary care setting either in specialist practice, community or general practice. The department focuses on providing advice to a range of practitioners including specialist practitioners and undertakes treatment of patients with integrated treatment needs.
The department also has a high number of multidisciplinary clinics with other specialties. Patients are seen for assessment and diagnosis, treatment, advice and second opinion and treatment if they fall into the listed categories below:
Orthodontic treatment is provided for severe and complex malocclusions and those requiring multidisciplinary treatment. Ten general diagnostic clinics are held each week, as well as the following multidisciplinary clinics:
25,000 patients are seen annually, of whom approximately 2,000 are new patients.