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Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry concerned with the development and management of irregularities and abnormalities of the teeth, jaws and face. Its aim is to produce a healthy functional bite, creating greater resistance to disease and improving personal appearance.

We have an orthodontic department at Royal Derby Hospital and Queen's Hospital Burton.

Services at Royal Derby Hospital


Level 2, Head and Neck Outpatients
Kings Treatment Centre
Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 8NE

Nearest entrance: 6
Nearest car park: 3


  • All forms of facial trauma, soft tissue and bony injury
  • Dento-alveolar surgery and oral soft tissue surgery
  • Facial deformity surgery which is undertaken on a multidisciplinary team basis
  • Major head and neck malignancy surgery
  • Minor oral surgery
  • Oral osseointegrated implantology (bone anchorage of oral prosthesis)

Orthodontic treatment:

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.

Orthognathic surgery for correction of skeletal, facial and dental deformity:

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.

Services at Queen's Hospital Burton


Ground Floor, Outpatient department
Queen's Hospital Burton
Belvedere Road
DE13 0RB

Telephone: 01283 593 109

Nearest entrance: main entrance

Opening times 

Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm (closed between 1pm-2pm) 


The department has a dedicated on site laboratory who provide a full range of medical devices, which include orthodontic appliances, maxillofacial appliances and osteotomy planning. 

Only patients with significant malocclusion who could not be treated in specialist practice are accepted for treatment.  Priority is given to patients who require surgery in addition to orthodontics. 

How to obtain an appointment 

Please contact your dentist for a referral into the service