What happens at a new patient clinic?
You will be sent an appointment to attend the
orthodontic new patient clinic. This is based on the central outpatients site.
Car parking in the surrounding area is for staff use only, so please ensure that
you have adequate time to park your car in a designated visitor space.
You will first
have to report to orthodontic reception. The receptionist will take your details
and confirm your address and telephone contact numbers. They also require the
details of your doctor and general dentist.
An orthodontic assessment is very similar to a
dental check up that you have at your dentist. You will usually be seen by a
consultant orthodontist, but you may be assessed by an orthodontic registrar,
working under the supervision of a consultant. Your first visit is nothing to
worry about. We just want to meet you and look at your teeth. We won't be giving
you a brace straight away and we won't be taking any teeth out!
First of all, we'll count your teeth and maybe take an X-ray picture.
We will then chat with you to try to find out what you think about the way your
teeth look and how you feel about wearing a brace. This orthodontic assessment
takes around 20 minutes.
Following your consultation you will either:
- Be discharged from the orthodontic department and
referred back to your dentist
- Another appointment will be made to discuss your
- An appointment will be made for you to attend our
orthodontic education clinic prior to your name being added to our treatment
As with other specialities in the hospital, new
patient clinics are often very busy and you may not be seen at your exact
appointment time. We always endeavour to see patients at their allocated
appointment time but sometimes a delay is unavoidable.
Please make sure that you have given the
receptionist details of your dentist as a letter following your new patient
consultation will be sent to both your own dentist and the referring dentist
detailing the outcome of the assessment. If you would like a copy of the letter
please ask the consultant, who will be happy to arrange this.
Orthodontic Education Clinic
Following your orthodontic assessment you may be
offered orthodontic treatment (braces) here in our department. If so, you will
need to attend our nurse led Orthodontic Education Clinic.
The aim of this clinic is to:
- Instruct you how to clean your teeth
- Demonstrate how to care for your brace
- Discuss the risks associated with treatment and how
these risks can be reduced
- Show you the sort of braces you might have
- Ensure you are motivated for a long and complex
course of treatment
At your first visit we will complete an oral health
assessment and score the plaque on your teeth (with the aid of a disclosing
Caring for your teeth
You may require one or two further appointments at
this clinic in order to ensure your oral health is at the required standard for
orthodontic appliances. If, at your third appointment, you fail to meet the
required tooth brushing standard, you will not be offered treatment in the
department as we feel that the risk to your teeth (due to poor cleaning) is too
As treatment often takes 2.5 years or more to
complete we need to ensure that you have a consistently good standard of oral
hygiene to help you avoid you developing tooth decay, gum disease or unsightly
permanent white and brown marks on your teeth.
The team will instruct you on the most effective way
to look after your oral health and give you advice on dental care
At the request of the orthodontic consultant, there
may be occasions that the dental nurses / educators on this education clinic
will take records (impressions, photographs) for further planning.
this visit the orthodontist will:
Take moulds of your teeth
Update your x-ray pictures
Take clinical photographs
The orthodontist will use these records to devise a
treatment plan or treatment options. When you have an agreed treatment plan you
will be asked to sign a consent form.
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