A DwSI in Orthodontics is essentially a primary care dentist who has a special interest in the field of orthodontics, but is not a specialist. They will have gained additional experience and training in orthodontics. DwSIs in Orthodontics are not eligible for specialist list registration with the General Dental Council but can be formally recognised by the commissioners of orthodontic care (known as Area Teams since April 2013). However, some Area Teams do not currently have accreditation protocols in place.
Is there a need for DwSIs in orthodontics?
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There is a need in certain geographical areas where there is a shortage of orthodontic specialists.
What is the role of the DwSI in Orthodontics within the clinical network?
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The DwSI in Orthodontics is expected to treat patients within their competence and refer complex cases to a specialist orthodontist or local hospital service as part of the local clinical network.
How can I be recognised as a DwSI in Orthodontics?
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A DwSI in Orthodontics will be expected to demonstrate the following:
- Understand occlusion and its development
- Know how to diagnose and recognise malocclusion and when to intervene
- Know when to refer or provide treatment within their level of competency
- Understand the limitations of appliance therapy and demonstrate the appropriate clinical skills
Where can I find out more?
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