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Article: Volume 45 Number 10 Page 947 - November 2018

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Orthodontics:  How Orthodontic Therapists have Changed the Provision of Orthodontic Treatment

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Abstract: The last decade has seen the orthodontic workforce transformed by the introduction of orthodontic therapists. This article aims to highlight how they have changed the provision of orthodontic treatment and how the orthodontic profession has caught up with general dentistry where task delegation to dental therapists and hygienists has been commonplace for many years.

Clinical relevance: This article will enable readers to see just what roles OTs undertake, increase their awareness of who may be undertaking the treatment on the patients they refer on and highlight the guidelines on appropriate supervision that their referring orthodontists should be following.

Author notes: Sarah Ainscough, BDS, MJDF, Dental Core Trainee 2 in Paediatric and Special Care Dentistry, Leeds Dental Institute, Clarendon Way, Leeds LS2 9LU, Dai Roberts-Harry, BDS, FDS, DOrth, MSc, MOrth, FDS(Orth), Specialist Orthodontist, The Roberts-Harry Dental Clinic, East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5LB, Andrew Shelton, BDS, MFDS, MOrth, MDentSci, FDS(Orth), Consultant Orthodontist, Montagu Hospital, Doncaster S64 OAZ, Simon Littlewood, BDS, FDS, MOrth, MDentSci, FDS(Orth), Consultant Orthodontist, St Luke’s Hospital, Little Horton Lane, Bradford BD5 0NA and Trevor Hodge, BDS, MFDS, MPhil(Orth), FDS(Orth), FHEA, FDTFEd, Consultant Orthodontist, Leeds Dental Institute, Clarendon Way, Leeds LS2 9LU, UK.

Objective: To explore how the introduction of OTs has impacted the orthodontic workforce and changed the provision of orthodontic treatment in both primary and secondary care, and address the issues of OT supervision.