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Level 2, Head and Neck Outpatients
Kings Treatment Centre
Royal Derby Hospital
Nearest entrance: 6
Nearest car park: 3
Consultations are offered on referral by a dentist to patients with complex orthodontic problems. If the patient’s problem is very complex and they require prolonged treatment with other types of treatment such as surgery or restorative treatment then the patient may be offered treatment in the hospital. If the treatment required can be provided by a specialist outside the hospital, or a dentist with a special interest in orthodontics then the patient will be referred elsewhere.
Orthodontic treatment is not appropriate for patients unless they have excellent oral hygiene and healthy teeth and gums.
Patients who have a big discrepancy between the position of their upper and lower jaw so they have a very poor bite and often a poor appearance require a combination of 'orthognathic' surgery, which will realign the jaws, and orthodontic treatment ,which will realign the teeth. It is not advisable to have orthognathic surgery without orthodontic treatment.
This surgery is only recommended for patients with a severe problem.
Treatment usually takes 3 years but before the treatment commences there is a thorough assessment of the patient and a 'cooling off' period so that patients have ample time to consider whether they wish to undertake this extensive elective procedure.