Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedic Service

Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws, as well as growth assessment and correction of growth and development of dentofacial complex.

Orthodontic treatment is most often used to improve the appearance and alignment of crooked, protruding or crowded teeth/jaws and to correct problems with the bite of the teeth.

Current team members

Orthodontists – Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities.

Dental surgery technicians – Dental staffs who assists orthodontists in the clinical procedures.

Location and timings

At present the orthodontic unit is based in Yellow roof dental, surgery no.4, Seychelles hospital, HCA, the unit works in shift system, the timing are from Monday to Friday 7am to 7 pm on appointment basis.

Orthodontic Community Services

The orthodontists visits all districts dental clinics at primary health centers and school dental clinics including Praslin and La Digue on monthly basis.

Referral Protocols

Dental therapists, Dentists and other dental specialists will first assess the need for orthodontic treatment and severity of malocclusion, using IOTN scores (Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needs) and will refer the patients to the orthodontists for management.

Preventive Orthodontics

Preventive orthodontics includes actions undertaken prior to the onset of a malocclusion, so as to prevent the anticipated development of a malocclusion. They include the care of deciduous dentition; monitoring of eruption and shedding timetable of teeth; early recognition and elimination of oral habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting etc., that might interfere with the normal development of the teeth and jaws; removal of retained deciduous teeth and supernumeraries, which may impede eruption of permanent teeth and maintenance of space following premature loss of milk teeth to allow proper eruption of their successors.

Interceptive orthodontics and Corrective orthodontics

These procedures are undertaken during the early manifestation and after the manifestation of malocclusion respectively with the use of following orthodontic appliances:

  • Fixed appliances

Fixed orthodontic therapy will include examination, investigations including photographs, radiographs, study models, diagnosis and advice, planning of orthodontic treatment, fixation of attachments (brackets) to the teeth and application of forces by arch wires or auxiliaries and delivery of retainers after active treatment.

  • Removable appliances

These appliances  can be removed and fitted back into the mouth by the patient, variety of removable appliance including oral  habit breakers  are currently being delivered.

  • Functional appliances

They act principally by holding the jaw away from the normal resting position to effect growth modification and to correct jaw discrepancies in growing patients.

  • Extra oral appliances

Head gear and chin cup to correct the position of the teeth/jaw.

Surgical Orthodontics

Certain jaw discrepancies will require surgical jaw correction with oral maxillo facial surgeon, which requires pre-surgical and post-surgical orthodontics.

Adult Orthodontics

Assessment and treatment of adult patients with functional disabilities and the need for orthodontic treatment based on IOTN scores.

Interdisciplinary Team

Orthodontist works with other specialties in the management of patients with cleft lip and palate, TMJ disorders, upper airway sleep disorders

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