Orthodontics

Orthodontics is such a fascinating topic. I’m interested in the people, the technology, the patient stories, the history and new developments in this branch of specialist dentistry.

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

Social perceptions of adults wearing orthodontic appliances

I have come across some really interesting research into the social perceptions of adults wearing orthodontic appliances that I would like to share with you. Firstly apologies in advance for any inadvertent mishap through incorrect referencing to the authors or anyone...

2016 – what a year for ukadultbraces!

About this time last year, I was reviewing the visitor stats for my first website and was amazed by the number of people who had visited and read the small number of articles the site contained. Encouraged by this, I spent some time over the festive holidays to...

BDIA 2016

Whilst in London last week I had some spare time so headed to the Excel Centre in Docklands to visit the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) Trade Show which was running for three days.  The show brings together manufacturers, suppliers of products and services...

New IOTN app

The British Orthodontic Society held a press launch at their recent annual conference in Brighton for their new IOTN app called 'Easy IOTN'.  IOTN stands for the 'Index of Treatment Need' and the app is designed to provide a simple tool for dentists to use to...

BOC 2016

I was delighted to receive an invitation to the British Orthodontic Conference in Brighton last week. This was the first orthodontic conference I had attended and found the two days absolutely fascinating. The conference was extremely busy with many activities taking...

Invisalign 4 million smiles

Align Technology, the people behind Invisalign, have just announced that they have started treating their 4 millionth patient and to celebrate this milestone, they are donating $1 to Operation Smile for every smile tweeted using the hashtag #4millionsmiles. They have...

The Invisalign phone app

If you are having Invisalign treatment, you can download a great app that enables you to record your progress and to review the changes between each aligner.  Although I have not had Invisalign, I have downloaded this app and have tried it...

Keeping a braces journal

There is something so nice and rewarding about keeping a journal whether it is for social events and travel, life plans or a reflection of what you have been up to.  Keeping a braces journal is also a great way to record your progress and to reflect on the whole...

More UK adults are seeking orthodontic treatment

In a survey conducted by the British Orthodontic Society in June 2016, 75% of dental practices who responded to the survey reported an increase in adults seeking orthodontic treatment.  A key driver for this increase was identified as a heightened awareness of adult...

Should General Dentists provide orthodontic treatment?

Throughout this site, I have made frequent reference to orthodontists and a previous post written by Dr. Angus Pringle (here) explains the training required to become an orthodontist in the UK.  You may also be aware that a dentist without specialist orthodontic...

Dental Show Goodie Bags

On Friday I attended the Scottish Dental Show in Glasgow.  This was my first visit to a dental show so I didn't really know what to expect but had an idea about what I might find from reading the exhibitor list and seeing reviews on the previous shows.  I will be...

Note to orthodontic nurses and therapists

And just so orthodontic nurses and therapists don't feel left out, here is my note to them: We are envious that you get your elastics changed every week and can party at weekends without having to worry about the consequences for another month. Why do braces always...

Note to our orthodontists

In the theme of the previous post about the things you would like to say to your friends about wearing braces, I thought I would add another one aimed at our orthodontists: You are not just straightening our teeth, you are improving our confidence and self esteem in...

Questions for your orthodontist

Before getting started, you will no doubt have plenty of questions for your orthodontist but just in case you don't or can't think of all the things you may want to ask, this post will give you some ideas to think about. Prior to getting braces you will probably have...

BDA Museum

One of the many things I like about London is all the interesting places to visit.  When talking about museums it's easy to think about the large well known ones such as the Natural History or Science Museum but what about all the little ones dotted around London that...

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a specialist dental treatment carried out to address irregularities of the teeth and jaws. This can be to fix a poor bite which is resulting in additional wear and tear on teeth, headaches and pain from poorly aligned teeth and aesthetic changes to...

Orthodontic Therapists

Orthodontic therapists can act in a similar capacity to orthodontic nurses by assisting orthodontists in carrying out orthodontic treatment but can provide some aspects of the treatment themselves. In order to start training as an orthodontic therapist, individuals...

Becoming an Orthodontist by Dr. Angus Pringle

In order for a Dentist to become an Orthodontist they need to undertake Specialist Training. Entry onto Specialist Training in Orthodontics is competitive and therefore candidates need to undertake the following: Broad experience of dentistry in the first few years...

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