Referrals are common in the world of dentistry and orthodontics. More often than not, each dentist will have specialised areas of their field which they are stronger or more knowledgeable in. Sometimes a dentist will not have the skills required to complete an orthodontic procedure, often due to its complexity, and consequently they will refer the orthodontic case to an orthodontic specialist.
Specialists are dentists who have more training and experience in their chosen speciality, and are at the top of their field. An orthodontist in the UK can only call themselves a specialist if they've been approved by the British Orthodontic Society. You’re far more likely to receive successful treatment when being treated by a specialist, which means you're also more likely to finally have the smile that you have always wanted.
Being referred by your dentist to an orthodontist is no cause for concern. Orthodontic specialists are able to make expert decisions on what is best for your smile, and your dental health. Your dentist can refer you for overcrowded teeth, overbite, underbite, and unevenly spaced teeth; all of which can cause problems with your oral hygiene.
This however isn’t the only reason a dentist will refer their patient. In some cases, your dentist may not have the capacity to give you the necessary treatment. Due to the intense and time-consuming process of braces, sometimes it’s better to refer a patient to another dentist who has time to take care and look after your smile.
Referrals can be a lengthy process. If you're eligible for NHS treatment and seeking to receive your braces through the NHS, you may be waiting for a long time. This is often due to the fact that the orthodontic specialist will be receiving referrals from multiple dentists or dental practices. There have been cases of referrals for NHS orthodontic treatment taking years.
One way to avoid these long waiting times is by going directly to the orthodontist. Searching online for your local orthodontist should give you plenty of results. This being said, getting advice from your dentist first is often good practice, and will help you to understand what it is your smile requires.
While orthodontics is now a common option for most dental practices, finding an orthodontist that can take on the most complex orthodontic cases can often be quite difficult. Specialist Orthodontist Harley Street is one of a limited few that have the ability to offer this service.
Over 30 years of orthodontic experience combined with being one of the most qualified orthodontists in the UK, means that we can deal with the most complex cases in orthodontics and provide our patients with the smile they have always desired. Avoid the waiting list for orthodontics by contacting us today.
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