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Orthodontics - Dental Negligence Claim Solicitors - Injury Compensation


Orthodontics is a sub-specialty of dentistry that specifically treats malocclusions or improper bites of the teeth that can affect the appearance of the individual, can cause pain on biting down or can cause grinding of teeth. These problems can be caused by abnormalities in the jaw, irregularity of the teeth or both problems at once. Orthodontic treatment can be done for dental and medical reasons or for purely aesthetic reasons so the patient looks better. Some orthodontists change only the teeth, while others work to reshape the jaw into a more normal appearance.

Orthodontics Dental Negligence Solicitors

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are all members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of clinical negligence experts and deal with orthodontic dental negligence claims using the no win no fee* scheme. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. You will not be asked to fund or finance the dental negligence claim as it proceeds. For children or those on a low income it may also be possible to obtain Legal Aid which always concentrates dental negligence insurers minds on settlement. To talk to a specialist lawyer about a dentist or an orthodontic dental problem just use the helpline, complete the contact form or email us and we'll arrange a call-back at a convenient time.

Orthodontic Imaging

Orthodontists use x-rays of the face and teeth or use digital models to show the face in 3D imaging so as to find out the dimensions of the teeth and jaw. Digital imaging can be expensive but it clearly shows the relationships between the upper teeth and lower teeth. X-rays or 3D imaging can show whether or not the jaw needs adjusting with surgery or if only braces are necessary to fix the malocclusion.


Basic bracing involves inserting wires into brackets that have been temporarily glued onto the teeth. The wires are gradually tightened so as to move teeth around to their proper location. The process can take months to years, depending on the severity of the malocclusion.


Another technique used in milder cases is a set of clear plastic aligners that are put on the teeth in ways that progressively move the teeth to a better location. Patients are responsible for leaving the liners in and if they don't, the outcome isn't as good. A costlier technique involves 3 dimensional imaging and robotics. The time to straighten teeth is diminished.

Other Devices

Other devices can move the teeth and jaw, such as plates, expansion devices, and headgear. Patients with serious problems can use these devices to augment simple bracing. Children under the age of 14 can use functional appliances to change the dimensions of the growing jaw before the jaw gets further out of place.


Some people use retainers after having braces. They are primarily worn at night and are designed to maintain proper alignment of the teeth after the use of braces. Retainers can be worn by those who had braces for several years to make sure the realignment sticks. As a person ages,their teeth crowd together, whether or not they have had orthodontic therapy, so that ongoing use of retainers might be necessary.


In order to diagnose an orthodontic problem, the doctor must recognise the malocclusion, determine the actual problem and define what the necessary steps should be for fixing the problem. Orthodontic care is complex and difficult to diagnose and manage so the orthodontist needs to be well versed in how teeth move and how the jaw affects malocclusion.


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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here