Our orthodontic treatment can improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth. Treatment can straighten the teeth and move them into better position.
Our team of orthodontists are responsible for investigating and assessing the complexity of treatment required. Patients who fall into a high category of treatment need (known as IOTN 4 and 5) are eligible for treatment.
Orthognathic and maxillofacial surgery
Patients who require orthognathic (jaw surgery) are treated in combined clinics held in the department by orthodontic consultants and the maxillofacial consultant. The pre-surgical orthodontic treatment is carried out by the orthodontic teams at Medway, Maidstone or Darent Valley hospitals. Surgery is subsequently carried out by the maxillofacial team at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.
A cleft lip and palate is a type of birth defect that affects the top lip and the roof of the mouth (the palate). It is an opening, or split, in either the lip or the palate, or sometimes in both. It is the most common type of birth defect in the UK.
Orthodontists specialises in the reconstruction of the teeth which may be needed following the correction of cleft lip and palate.
Babies in Medway can be treated for cleft lip and palate at the clinic held monthly in the Magpie Centre at the Medway site. This is led by the consultant orthodontists and members of the South Thames cleft service team.