Orthodontics is such a fascinating branch of specialist dentistry. The dental teams, technology, patient stories, history, events and new developments feature in this page.

News and Events

Through writing this blog, I have met some incredible people who have helped me to learn about more about orthodontics. I have attended a number of events and conferences and in doing so, have met more people who have shown an interest in helping me to grow the content of this blog.

I was invited to be one of the founder members of the British Orthodontic Society Patient Panel and have actively worked with the Society on a number of patient focussed campaigns to educate and inform patients about orthodontics.

This page contains a collection of articles about orthodontics, technology, news, events and interviews with some great people who have supported this blog.

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Blog posts

Orthodontic Hygiene

A common complication of orthodontics is tooth decay, although this can be prevented by appropriate cleaning and maintenance of the teeth and appliances. In this article, Dr. Bethany Rushworth offers advice on how to look after your teeth during orthodontic treatment.

How to search the GDC register

Do you want to find out whether a dentist offering orthodontic treatment is on the specialist register? The GDC has a public database you can access.

The growth of Invisalign

Invisalign has just announced they have treated their 6-millionth patient so I thought I would take a look at the growth of this innovative product.

6 million Invisalign patients

Invisalign has just announced that they have started treatment for their six-millionth patient. Yuzhe is a 12-year-old student from China.

ASA ruling on AcceleDent advertising

AcceleDent is a device marketed to orthodontic patients to help speed up treatment and to reduce discomfort. It consists of a mouthpiece which you gently bite into and micro vibrations from the device help to increase 'cellular activity' necessary for bone remodeling...

How much do braces cost?

Probably one of the most commonly asked orthodontic questions on the internet is 'how much do braces cost?' so in this post, I'm taking a look at the direct and indirect cost of getting braces. Most dental and orthodontic practices with an up to date website, have a...

Faster orthodontics with MOPs?

In another interesting post from Prof. Kevin O’Brien, he reviews some research undertaken in Jordan looking at whether micro-osteoperforation can speed up tooth movement.

Dental Monitoring

A tweet from an orthodontic practice caught my attention this morning. It referred to a new way to remotely monitor orthodontic aligner treatment by taking a photo of your teeth with a smartphone which is then analysed by software which detects tooth movement. The...

A coffee with Dr. Simon Littlewood

Please introduce yourself I'm Simon Littlewood, Consultant & Specialty Lead in Orthodontics at St Luke's Hospital, Bradford. I am also a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Leeds Dental Institute, University of Leeds How does the work of a hospital-based consultant...

British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show

Last week I traveled to Birmingham to attend the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show. This two-day event is one of the largest dental events in the year and encompasses all aspects of dentistry. The event is restricted to those involved in dentistry and is...

3M Clarity Aligners

3M have very recently announced they have entered the aligner market by introducing their own brand of 'Clarity' aligners. Very few details of the aligners are available at the moment but if you are interested in seeing a video on their aligners, click here Image ©...

Self ligating vs conventional brackets

In this short video, you can see the difference between self-ligating and conventional brackets. There is much debate about whether self-ligating brackets offer faster or more comfortable treatment so this is something you will need to discuss with your orthodontist....

What are self-ligating brackets?

In this short video from 3M, you can see what a self-ligating bracket is. There is much debate about the merits of self-ligating brackets and whether they offer faster or more comfortable orthodontic treatment but from a patient perspective, the brackets can appear to...

World Orthodontic Health Day

15th May is World Orthodontic Health Day. The aim of the day is to celebrate the health benefits orthodontics can bring to patients. The World Federation of Orthodontists is behind this initiative and chose the date because this is the anniversary of the formation of...

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