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The Orthodontic Department offers services to patients with complex dental problems. Orthodontics is the treatment of wrongly aligned and misplaced teeth to correct a person’s bite. However, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Orthodontics Department deals with a range of problems from dento-facial orthopaedics to severe hypodontia.
The Department has special expertise in caring for patients with deformities of the face and head which have been present since birth or developed because of abnormal growth over time. It is the largest centre for the treatment of facial deformities in south London.
It works closely with the Respiratory Medicine Department to give advice for patients with sleep-related breathing disorders. Care is also provided for young children with a variety of medical disorders and special needs in conjunction with the Paediatric Dentistry Department. The Department also provides an advisory service for referred patients. The Department enjoys a strong working relationship with Respiratory Medicine, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Genetics, and Paediatric Services.
The Orthodontic Department at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has eight surgeries with a dedicated children’s waiting room. The Department is the hub of the southwest London Orthodontic network and a Centre of Excellence. Its staff comprises three consultants, one senior specialist registrar (training to become a hospital consultant), four specialist registrars (training to become orthodontic specialists) and two overseas trainees. All the trainees have a research component to their posts and are prepared for the Masters in Orthodontics (University of London) and the Membership and Fellowship examinations of the Royal Surgical Colleges of the UK. Many UK orthodontic consultants and specialists have trained at St George’s Hospital. There are close links with several other hospitals including Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Dental Institute, Kingston Hospital, and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.