Orthodontics

Our specialist orthodontic team advises and treats children and adults with complex orthodontic problems such as facial deformity and anomaly, hypodontia, malalignment of the jaws and positional problems of the teeth.

The four orthodontic consultants also provide specialist care for patients requiring orthodontics and jaw surgery; cleft lip and palate care; hypodontia (care for patients with missing multiple teeth); buried/impacted teeth; and sleep apnoea (care for patients with sleep disordered breathing).

Clinical effectiveness

Peer Assessment Rating (PAR) index for orthodontic treatment
The PAR index is a fast, simple and robust way of assessing the standard of orthodontic treatment that an individual provider is achieving. The index is designed to look at a large group of patients rather than an individual patient’s outcome.

Benchmark: >70% = very high standard; <50% = poor standard
2017: 98.6%
2016: 98%
2015: 98%
2014: 95%
2013: 95%
2012: 95%
2011: 95%

Orthodontics outcomes

In 2017, 285 patients completed a satisfaction questionnaire.

  • The significant majority (86%) were completely satisfied with the result of their treatment.
  • 99% were happy that their teeth were as straight as they would have hoped
  • 70% reported improved self-confidence
  • 60% reported an improved ability to keep teeth clean
  • 62% reported improved ability to chew
  • 21% reported improved speech.

98% of patients felt that they were given sufficient information regarding their proposed treatment; 99% of patients were glad they undertook their course of treatment; and 92% would recommend a similar course of treatment to a friend.

Full details of our patient safety, patient experience and clinical effectiveness measures are published in our annual Quality Report. You can find the latest version here.

How to contact us: If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the Maxillofacial and Orthodontics Unit (Main Outpatients) on 01342 4144419 or 414304. We are open for appointments Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm.

If you are receiving treatment with us, we hold an emergency clinic – only for patients in severe discomfort or with bleeding, between 8.30 and 8.45 am every weekday morning, except bank holidays. Please contact us first, if possible, so that we can get your notes out. You may need to wait to be seen.

Patient information leaflets