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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oral, Maxillofacial & Dentistry

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Orthodontics

Patients under orthodontic treatment who have a broken brace or lost retainer, or need an emergency appointment, please contact Reception on 01865 221407.

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the development and management of irregularities and abnormalities of the teeth, jaws and face. Its aim is to produce a healthy functional bite, creating greater resistance to disease and improving personal appearance.

Orthodontists are dental surgeons who have undergone formal specialist training in deformities affecting the position of teeth and facial growth. They are specialist dentists who diagnose and treat abnormalities in the alignment of teeth and associated structures. They work closely with oral and maxillofacial surgeons and other related dental specialties.

There is open access for orthodontic opinions for children and adults in the department in the John Radcliffe Hospital. The criteria for acceptance for treatment is largely based upon the Index of Treatment Need (IOTN) categories 4 and 5, i.e. those in the greatest need for treatment. A number of cases are accepted for training purposes and adults are accepted where multidisciplinary care is required.

Services provided

The Orthodontic Department consists of three consultants, who work closely with their colleagues in the oral and maxillofacial department, restorative dentistry and oral medicine. They are supported by a multidisciplinary team so that they can offer a comprehensive orthodontic service for the area, including a joint restorative clinic, a joint orthognathic clinic, cleft and craniofacial clinics. Oxford is a regional centre for cleft lip and palate, and is one of four craniofacial units.

Information leaflets are available for many of the different options available and patients are encouraged to ask questions in order to understand their treatment fully.

A variety of conditions are treated, including:

  • severe malocclusions
  • interceptive orthodontics
  • impacted teeth
  • hypodontia
  • cleft lip and palate
  • craniofacial anomalies.

A full range of orthodontic treatment is available, including:

  • routine orthodontic treatment
  • functional appliances
  • removable and fixed appliances
  • orthodontics combined with orthognathic surgery
  • orthodontics combined with restorative dentistry including the management of hypodontia.