The British Orthodontic Society is a good example of dedicated bodies taking orthodontics forward in the UK, by promoting research, education and professional standards.
Dental study levels help their cause, with training available at centres of excellence, such as Queen’s University Belfast, or the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London.
Orthodontic care in Britain has long been led by advancement of knowledge, with internationally recognised text books published two centuries ago, although continually evolving treatment is the key.
Patient Centred Care
There are few procedures as personal as orthodontics, our facial appearance changes, the way we react to others, or are seen by them.
Global solutions such as Invisalign, or Incognito can be the best way to bring individual results but where tailor made options would be better for a patient, they are available.
The reason UK orthodontists are at the forefront of research is to provide the best outcome for patients. Gaining evidence on established, or contemporary treatment techniques ensures they are chosen to suit.
Patients can also be assured that any treatment they receive is provided with safety in mind and to an appropriate standard.
The facilities you enter and the way treatment is delivered are monitored by the Care Quality Commission, a national regulator. On site and ongoing performance assessments help to ensure quality of care.
Treatment in the UK needs to be provided by a practitioner registered with the General Dental Council. Their online register also allows you to see whether you are being treated by a specialist orthodontist.
A specialist is likely to belong to, or be elected to other professional bodies, such as the Royal College of Surgeons. They provide further guidance on ethics and the standards of surgical procedures.
Other established bodies have similar roles, from sharing research, to additional support in niche areas, such as lingual orthodontics. Care is well proven and well monitored in a UK orthodontic facility.
Our Harley Street Practice
Combining orthodontic care and facilities for oral, or maxillofacial surgery at our practice is convenient for patients, yet offers far more.
The level of medical understanding is high, continuity of treatment, the range of available options to create a fine smile. Above all, integrating knowledge creates a safe environment.
Procedures during the coronavirus pandemic are an example, where sound medical management and taking national guidelines seriously have helped to bring patient security.
Our team are pleased to work in the UK’s closely regulated environment, for professional reasons and above all, for the benefit of patients seeking proven orthodontic care.