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Finding HOPE in orthodontic simulated training

From Volume 16, Issue 2, April 2023 | Pages 101-104


Clement Seeballuck

BA, BDentSc (Hons), MFDS RCSEd, MDTFEd

Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry; Dundee Dental School and Hospital

Articles by Clement Seeballuck

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Elinor Chalmers


Specialist and Clinical Lecturer in Orthodontics; Dundee Dental School and Hospital

Articles by Elinor Chalmers


The global pandemic significantly impacted most areas of the dental profession. Limitations on treatment, footfall in clinical and university centres and social distancing affected our ability to provide patient care and clinical training. This article details how custom 3D-printed training tools were used to mitigate some of the constraints affecting our established simulated orthodontic clinical skills course. The development of the training tools, structure of the course and potential future implications are discussed.

CPD/Clinical Relevance: The article discusses novel training methods that can easily be adopted in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings.


The collective healthcare response to the global pandemic is a testament to the continuous spirit of the notion: ‘rethink, innovate, adapt’ – core factors defining the successful continuation of care in light of such dynamic adversity. This adaptive approach was also key in allowing high-quality training of our future colleagues. This article details a novel orthodontic undergraduate simulated clinical skills course implemented in response to restrictions, and how the successful elements can be adopted in a post-pandemic era of clinical training.

In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic.1 The typical routes of transmission were said to be direct via a sneeze, cough and inhalation of small airborne particles, and indirect, via contact transmission.2 Owing to the risk of the virus, the Trustees of the British Orthodontic Society advised that all orthodontic units and practices should stop all non-emergency treatment, consequently affecting clinical training in dentistry and orthodontics.3

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