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Article: Volume 43 Number 8 Page 706 - October 2016

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  Dent Update 2016; 43: 706-720

Orthodontics:  The Role of the GDP in Assessment and Management of the Early Orthodontic Referral

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Abstract: Many of the orthodontic patients in the UK are treated in early adolescence. This occurs when most of the permanent dentition has erupted and after the general dental practitioner (GDP) has had the opportunity to assess the patient using the index of orthodontic treatment need (IOTN). There are certain types of malocclusion that present before this age and would undoubtedly benefit from earlier referral.

Clinical relevance: To describe the malocclusion and dental anomalies that benefit from ‘early’ orthodontic assessment and active intervention.

Author notes: Andrew MC Flett, BDS, MJDF RCS(Eng), MClinDent(Ortho), MOrth(Eng), Senior Registrar in Orthodontics, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield and Royal Chesterfield, ( and Jonathan Sandler, BDS(Hons), MSc, PhD, FDS RCPS, FDS RCPS, DOrth RCS, MOrth RCS, Professor and Consultant, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Calow, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 5BL, UK.

Objective: To describe the malocclusion and dental anomalies that benefit from early orthodontic referral.